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Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? [Paperback]

By Jean Fritz (Author) & Trina Schart Hyman (Author)
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A brief biography of Samuel Adams describes his activities in stirring up the revolt against the British and how he was finally persuaded to learn to ride a horse

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In early America, when all the men wore ruffled shirts and rode grandly on horseback, one man refused to follow suit. He was the rebel leader Sam Adams, a plainspoken gent who scorned ruffles, refused to ride a horse, and had little regard for the King. This lively biography is a nice, personal look at a leader and his times.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz & Trina Schart Hyman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 724
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 338
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 477

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 7.02" Height: 0.16"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  7-11
ISBN  0698114167  
ISBN13  9780698114166  
UPC  051488006992  

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More About Jean Fritz & Trina Schart Hyman

Jean Fritz Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China to American missionaries on November 16, 1915. Living there until she was almost thirteen sparked a lifelong interest in American history. She wrote about her childhood in China in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the National Book Award.
Ms. Fritz was the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
Among the other prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. the Christopher Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors' Choice Awards.
She passed away on May 14, 2017.

Jean Fritz currently resides in the state of New York. Jean Fritz was born in 1916.

Jean Fritz has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Unforgettable Americans

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( F ) > Fritz, Jean
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Colonial & Revolutionary
4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > Colonial
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > Historical
6Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
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Warts and all!  Oct 22, 2007
Oliver Cromwell wanted Sir Peter Lely to paint him "warts and all," showing who he really was. Jean Fritz's wonderful biography, Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? apparently does the same for a Founding Father.

Sam Adams' attitudes revealed in this history book for young readers may be somewhat objectionable to some, however, it is important to note that people are the product of the time and society in which they live. Adams is no different.

This is our history, and you cannot tell the truth with lies. Jean Fritz's book is both humorous and accurate. Let us never lose signt of the need for accuracy, despite our objections to what truth may be.
Peculiar Guy, But...  Jan 13, 2006
Who's Sam Adams that someone would write a book about him? Well, he's the guy that pretty much started the Revolutionary War. How could a shabbily dressed fellow who refused to ride a horse (EVERYBODY who was ANYBODY rode a horse) start a war between England (the mother country) and us? There's only one way to find out: R E A D.

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Why don't you get a horse, Sam Adams?  Jun 18, 2004
Fun Children's book! Kids will enjoy this book.
Revolutionary style  Dec 22, 2003
Fritz has the rare talent of making historical figures more than interesting. She makes them human. Immersing the usual boring caricatures of her subjects in the small true stories that she has discovered in their lives, she gives us an entirely different way of looking at our American heroes. In this book, her talent for storytelling has been expertly paired with Trina Schart Hyman's intricate and intriguing pencil drawings. Sam Adams suddenly becomes somebody you'd like to sit down and have a mug of Guinness with. Without a doubt he is boisterous and a bit of a braggart. But he's also a great man, and this book never looses sight of the fact that, though ridiculous at times, Adams did great things and deserves to be remembered for them. There is little debate that Fritz's books remain some of the best historical children's biographies today. I well remember her stories from when I was a child myself, though I half wish Hyman illustrated ALL her books. This book would be absolutely perfect to teach to children during Revolutionary War history classes. Pairing it with all of Fritz's books would also be an exceptionally bright idea.
I love this book!  Mar 28, 2002
Many years ago I did a report on Samuel Adams for school. This book by Jean Fritz helped me get a high grade. It did not give me the impression that people who are smarter should be excused from being a soldier or any other ideas. In fact I enjoyed it so much that to this day I love learning about the American Revolution, because Jean Fritz made learning fun for me. I suggest that everyone read it.

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