Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Alamo

The Alamo

Kristin L. Nelson
For ages 5 to 7
Lerner, 2003   ISBN: 978-0822535997

The Alamo began as a building in which Spanish missionaries taught the local Native Americans about the Christian religion. When the missionaries discontinued their work the Alamo became a fort used by soldiers and it was because it was easily defensible that it ended up having such a major and tragic role in the Texas fight for independence from Mexico.

At the time, the 1800’s, Texas was a part of Mexico and had to live by the laws of that country. Many of the people who lived in Texas were unhappy with this state of affairs and wanted to have a free and independent Texas. Unfortunately the president of Mexico, General Santa Anna, was not willing to allow Texas to secede and a fight ensued. There was one group of Texans who refused to give in and they took refuge in the Alamo. It was here that they bravely held out against Mexican forces for two weeks and it was here that they eventually lost the battle. Not one of the approximately one hundred men in the Alamo survived. Amongst these men was the famous frontiersman Davy Crocket who came to help the Texans in the fight for freedom.

This very simple little book with minimal text and a photograph or illustration on every page is a wonderful introduction for a beginner reader to the story of what happened at the Alamo.