Texas Rangers: Legendary Lawmen
Michael P. Spradlin
Walker Books for Young Readers (2008)
Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 6) for Reader Views (7/08)
“Texas Rangers: Legendary Lawmen” by Michael P. Spradlin is a terrific book about the Texas Rangers, the first law enforcement officers in Texas. This book has a lot of really interesting information about the history of Texas and good stories about the battles fought by the Texas Rangers.
Texas Rangers first roamed the Texas plains in 1823 when Texas was still part of Mexico. They didn’t have to wear uniforms. They just dressed however they liked. They supplied their own gun and horse. The government supplied them with ammunition and food.
In 1836 when Texas decided to secede from Mexico and become an independent country, Mexican President General Santa Anna sent a large army to punish the Texians. The Texians went to the Alamo, an old mission in San Antonio. Texas Rangers went to help them defend the Alamo. On their way there they were tricked and ended up in crossfire between the Texians and the Mexicans. Read the book to find out exactly what happened and if the Rangers survived.
This book also tells stories about some famous Texas Rangers like John Coffee Hays who fought off a large band of Comanche warriors. It also tells about “Big Foot” Wallace who got lost in the desert and had to eat bugs and snakes. He survived and became a captain.
There many more adventures of the Texas Rangers waiting for you in this book, along with some very good illustrations. I recommend “Texas Rangers: Legendary Lawmen” by Michael P. Spradlin to people from three-years-old to a hundred-years-old. I could read the book by myself, but I would not consider this an easy-reader book. I really liked this book a lot.
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