Texas History: A Brief Tour

Posted by Sherry on 4/27/2017 in Children's Fiction, General, Texas, Texas Tuesday |

A couple of homeschool moms asked me to put together a reading list for Texas history so that they could do a (brief) literature-based Texas history unit. Well, the list grew a little longer than the request, but here are a few not-to-be-missed gems for children and adults who are making their way through Texas’s […]


Texas Yankee by Nina Brown Baker

Posted by Sherry on 1/24/2017 in Biography/Memoir, Texas Tuesday |

Texas Tuesday: Texas Yankee; The Story of Gail Borden by Nina Brown Baker. Benito Juarez, Peter the Great, Simon Bolivar, F.W. Woolworth, America Vespucci, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Nellie Bly are a few of the other celebrities and historical figures that Nina Brown Baker wrote about in her prolific career as a children’s biographer. Texas […]


Christmas in Gonzales, Texas, 1835

Posted by Sherry on 12/4/2012 in Children's Fiction, History, Texas, Texas Tuesday, Young Adult Fiction |

Friday, December 25 “I awakened before the sun was up and saw that Mama was still by the hearth. I think she stayed up all night. The turkey was roasting on a spit over a low fire. It must have been the wonderful smell that woke me up. I hugged Mama’s waist and said Merry […]


Texas Tuesday: The Blood of Heroes by James Donovan

Posted by Sherry on 9/11/2012 in General, Texas, Texas Tuesday |

The Blood of Heroes The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo–and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation by James Donovan. General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna: “If I were God, I would wish to be more.” “In this war you know that are no prisoners.” Oath Davy Crockett and his men signed on February 12, 1836: […]


Texas Tuesday: A Personal Country by A.C. Greene

Posted by Sherry on 9/4/2012 in General, Nonfiction, Texas, Texas Tuesday |

I didn’t quite finish this travel homecoming memoir by a Texas author who hails from my neck of the woods, Abilene, Texas, where I went to college. However, I did find some gems in the book before I had to return it to the library, and I’ll probably come back to it and finish the […]


Texas Tuesday: Goodbye to a River by John Graves

Published in 1959, this nonfiction narrative tells the story of a November 1957 trip down a piece of the Brazos River in central Texas, just before several dams were built along the river to change its course and character forever. Hence, the title: Goodbye to a River. Mr. Graves grew up along the Brazos, in […]


Texas Tuesday: The Buckskin Line by Elmer Kelton

Posted by Sherry on 2/21/2012 in Adult Fiction, General, Texas, Texas Tuesday |

Elmer Kelton is from my hometown, San Angelo, Texas. I’m not much of a reader of westerns, but I thought I should at least sample the work of Mr. Kelton, seeing as he’s a hometown boy and was the farm-and-ranch editor for the San Angelo Standard-Times. Also, for five years he was editor of Sheep […]


Kylie Jean, Blueberry Queen by Marci Peschke

Posted by Sherry on 10/18/2011 in Cybil Awards, Early Chapter Books, General, Texas, Texas Tuesday |

Cybils nominee: Early Chapter Books. Nominated by Jennifer Glidden, Capstone Press. Kylie Jean, who lives with her family in Jacksonville, Texas, has a lifelong dream: she wants to be a beauty queen. I’ve never heard of Jacksonville, but it’s a real town in East Texas, Cherokee County, and it has a population of 13,868 (2000 […]


Texas Tuesday: Oh, Those Harper Girls! by Kathleen Karr

Posted by Sherry on 9/6/2011 in General, Texas, Texas Tuesday, Young Adult Fiction |

A few years ago I read Kathleen Karr’s The Great Turkey Walk out loud to some of the urchins, and I remember us deriving immense enjoyment from the humorous story of a simple boy named Simon and his turkey drive across the Midwest. Well, I would love to read this book, Oh, Those Harper Girls!, […]


Projects, New and Old: January 2011

My Bible Reading Project is going pretty well. I’ve read through Genesis, on track to finish Mark this weekend, and several of the Psalms. I also read Galatians, mostly aloud to the urchins, but I can’t say I was very successful in explaining the distinction between keeping the Law for the law’s sake and keeping […]

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