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Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz

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

post written by Emma Filbrun

Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean FritzTitle: Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?
Author: Jean Fritz
Major Themes: American Revolution, Boston, Samuel Adams
Synopsis: The life of the man who did the most to start the American Revolution is told in interesting text and good pictures.

For many years, I have enjoyed Jean Fritz’s picture books about famous people in American history. She has a unique way of bringing these stories to life, and the pictures help to tell the story very well, too. Actually, these are more than a picture book. There is a fair amount of text on most of the pages, so they are a transition from picture books to chapter books—but the vocabulary used is fairly high.

Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? introduces children to one of the instigators of the American Revolution. Samuel Adams, with his dog Queue following closely behind him, walked all over Boston, talking to people about the Stamp Act and other taxes that were put on the colonies by the king. He thought a lot about independence, long before anyone else dared to say the word—but he would not ride a horse.

The redcoats came to Boston, and everywhere he went Sam saw them. He talked and talked more and more about the problems with England—and he kept walking, despite his cousin John’s insistence that he learn to ride a horse. Finally one day, he gave in—but would he be able to learn how to ride? You’ll have to read the story to find out what misadventures awaited him as he tried to learn this new skill. And then, read the historical note at the end to learn more about the famous man.

No warnings!

Age Levels:

Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12


Links to buy Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?:

Amazon: Paperback | Hardcover

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Book Depository: Paperback


American Revolution, Boston, Samuel Adams, Biography, Picture Books, Colonial Era (US), American Revolution

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