OUR TEXAS by Jackie Mims Hopkins

OUR TEXAS

Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

“The great state of Texas is waiting for you. / Come travel the land and meet people, too. / Then pick a direction—north, south, east, or west— / and you can decide which parts you like best.” So begins this rhyming introduction to 16 Texan sites and cities, from Amarillo (“There are plenty of cattle, but few armadillo”) to Big Bend National Park. Laudatory and cliché-riddled as a promotional brochure, the short stanzas (one per spread) promise visitors cowboys and cattle, grapefruit and roses in faltering, sing-song rhymes: “Due west in the desert is grand old El Paso, / where tumbleweeds whirl through as swift as a lasso.” The limited text often tries to convey too much, too perkily, and just ends up baffling. (The eight-page appendix fleshes out each entry, if readers persevere.) Spearing’s full-bleed colored-pencil illustrations on textured paper sometimes have a static, paint-by-number look, especially the people. Sweeping rural and urban landscapes contrast with boxed insets highlighting Texas icons from oil wells to a portrait of Sam Houston. A bumpy ride through the Lone Star State. (Informational picture book. 7-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-57091-725-7
Page count: 44pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2010




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