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Reviewed by Marie-Hélène Fasquel for Readers' Favorite
Mighty Big and Super Great: Texas Is The "Lone Star State"! written by Amber Manning, and illustrated by Kory Fluckiger, is an educational children’s book about Texas. It can be said to illustrate a love story between Amber and her state. This book is not an ordinary book: it is actually divided into three parts. It starts with the story of Texas from 1836 when it became a Republic “after a long, hard fight.” It is beautifully illustrated and gives us an actual sense of history. The second part is made up of facts about Texas. The third part is made up of a quiz about Texas and of the Texas Pledge, the Texas song and a gorgeous map of Texas.
Mighty Big and Super Great: Texas Is The "Lone Star State"! by Amber Manning is first and foremost a beautiful book which introduces children to a story about history which is written in verse and is rhyming. It could even be sung! This is but an example: “Fight, fight, win!! / In 1836, we begin… / At the Battle of San Jacinto, / In remembrance of the Alamo.” The text is as appealing as the illustrations. They both convey a sense of courage, valor, adventure and history. What more could we ask from a history book for young children? It is enthusiastic and fascinating. This captivating “story” is as entertaining as it is enlightening; what's more, it is as beautiful as it is useful, and that is why I highly recommend it.