Jill Stover Alamo Across Texas

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Alamo Across Texas

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On the Lavaca River in Texas, there once lived an alligator named Alamo. Life along the river suited Alamo perfectly, filled as it was with plenty of water, lots of tasty fish, and a fine shade tree--until one year there came a drought. No more water. No more fish. No more shade. So Alamo sets off down the trail to find a new home. Full color.

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About the Author:

Jill Stover's childhood memories of South Texas provided the inspiration for this story. "It strikes me now that my childhood environment was rather exotic," she says. "The landscape and the creatures were so different from those most people experience. In my own family we kept sheep, a raccoon, turtles, a small alligator, a jackrabbit, a pony, and a horse, to say nothing of all the dogs and cats we had about." Jill now lives in New England with her husband, her two children, and only one dog and one cat.

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First-time author Stover lauds the Lone Star state in this promising tale of Alamo--not the famed fort, but a peripatetic alligator that takes to the road after a drought dries up his river home. In his search for food, water and shade, the bright green critter investigates a ranch, the Gulf of Mexico, a swimming pool and a city fountain ("water and fishes, but what a racket!"). This ingenuous, concisely written tale lacks a strong impact, but Stover's contorted illustrations, which suggest a child's own art, speak to their audience on a straightforward level. Roads stretching to the horizon aptly indicate Texas's flatness, and brown earth and scant vegetation convey sun-baked aridity. Many animals make their homes on the range, but Stover fails to describe them by name; while the smiling, guilelessly rendered horses, jackrabbits and longhorn cattle here are recognizable, the wild pigs cause some confusion and the armadillos look distinctly ratlike. The final picture makes an agreeable summing-up: a basic map in the shape of Texas that invites readers to retrace the route of this resourceful reptile. Ages 3-up.
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