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Books accessible to children and youths?

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Offline Beatrice

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Books accessible to children and youths?
« on: June 19, 2009, 06:54:06 PM »
Are there any recommendations for books about Big Bend that would be enjoyable for children or youths?

We're well past Conrad J. Storad's rhyming books, but do recommend them for the younger crowd.
Don't Ever Cross That Road! An Armadillo Story
Don't Call Me Pig! A Javelina Story
Lizards for Lunch: A Roadrunner's Tale
Life in the Slow Lane: A Desert Tortoise Tale

Now we are looking for something a little more substantial. Any books about the area would be of interest, but ones about the history of peoples would be especially prized around here. Stuff like A Line in the Sand: the Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence, Gonzales, Texas 1836 (Dear America Series) would be treated like they were worth their weight in gold.

Beatrice


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Re: Books accessible to children and youths?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2009, 07:29:40 PM »
Beneath the Window by Patricia Wilson Clothier would appeal to more advanced younger readers.  She tells an amazing account of growing up in what is now the park and, since it's a memoir, the book reads more like a story and less like a history book which is more captivating to a younger reader.

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Re: Books accessible to children and youths?
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009, 07:37:42 PM »
Thanks, Gabby!

Have you read Lizards on the Doorstep, Burros at the Door? I'm curious how they compare. I'm worried about buying memoirs because I don't know if they'll have inappropriate content (sex, drugs, alcohol, swearing, violence, etc), but you are right that they'll be a fantastic choice. I appreciate the recommendation! Did Beneath the Window have any sensitive spots you can recall?

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Re: Books accessible to children and youths?
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2009, 08:00:36 PM »
Thanks, Gabby!

 I appreciate the recommendation! Did Beneath the Window have any sensitive spots you can recall?

No....

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Re: Books accessible to children and youths?
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2009, 08:07:37 PM »
"Big Bend: A Homesteader's Story", by J.O. Langford is a good one.  It was co-written by Fred Gipson (Old Yeller) and it reads pretty easy. 
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Re: Books accessible to children and youths?
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2009, 08:32:48 PM »
Thanks, Gabby!

Have you read Lizards on the Doorstep, Burros at the Door? I'm curious how they compare. I'm worried about buying memoirs because I don't know if they'll have inappropriate content (sex, drugs, alcohol, swearing, violence, etc), but you are right that they'll be a fantastic choice. I appreciate the recommendation! Did Beneath the Window have any sensitive spots you can recall?

Beatrice, I have read most of the memoirs about the early settlers in the Big Bend area. I would rate them PG at the worst. There is very little bad language and no sex or drugs at all in any of the books, but there are a few accounts of violence in one or two of the books. The accounts are not graphic, but well told accounts of tragic events that shaped the history of the area. Hallie Stilwell, Patricia Wilson Clothier, J.O. Langford, Etta Koch, and others have fascinating stories to tell. I think your kids would really enjoy learning about the reality of life along the border prior to the Park being formed.

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Re: Books accessible to children and youths?
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2009, 09:36:25 PM »
Thanks! Then I'll plan on getting one a month through the Summer as family-read alouds. If anyone wants to add books or reviews from a kid-friendly perspective, I'll be happy to read them!

Beatrice

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Re: Books accessible to children and youths?
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2009, 12:18:56 AM »
Just don't get confused and get, "Beneath the Widow."

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Re: Books accessible to children and youths?
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2009, 12:35:29 AM »
But, Seriously, if you want a fictional story geared for young adult readers, I would recommend, "Big Bend Luck."  It's a really great read for that age group and takes place entirely in the park.

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/big-bend-book-reviews/big-bend-luck-t7597.0.html

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Re: Books accessible to children and youths?
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2009, 11:50:51 AM »
OK, Thanks!

Beatrice

Re: Books accessible to children and youths?
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2009, 02:24:46 PM »
Here are a few historical fiction works for the age group you mentioned, along with a brief synopsis of each:

"Hidden Treasure of the Chisos" by Patrick Dearen...middle reader,
probably 10 year old level. Takes place in the Chisos in 1869. Young boy and
his friend on search for hidden treasure. Must avoid the Apache and ghosts.
Good, solid spooky adventure.

"Treasure of Panther Peak" by Aileen Kilgore Henderson...middle reader,
10-12 year old level. Young girl leaving behind everything she's known to
move to Big Bend National Park and a one-room schoolhouse. Excited when she
gets introduced to people of a different culture, cool animals and the
possibility of adventure and ghosts. Mother/daughter bonding.

"Danger in the Desert" by T.S. Fields...middle reader, 8-11 year old level.
Two boys are kidnapped and left in the desert. They need to use all of their
resources to survive and learn how to get along with each other.

"My Land Sings" by Rudolfo Anaya...middle reader, around 10 year old level.
Collection of short stories, more traditional Mexican folktales...a boy
saves a snake and is given the ability to understand the speech of animals,
a young girl on a dare goes down to the Rio Grande to search for la Llorona
(the woman who is said to walk the river in search of her drowned baby), a
young spanish boy goes in search for the Fountain of Youth, and many more
stories.

(If you have trouble finding any of these at your local sources, feel free to give us a call - 432-837-3360)

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Re: Books accessible to children and youths?
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2009, 02:32:37 PM »
Thanks! The second and fourth would probably go over well here. I'll look into them!

 


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