Marcy Pusey- "Gittle List" Award-Winning Children's Author of According to Corban and Speranza's Sweater says
"Such a great book on so many levels!"
"This is a fantastic book. The first of which I hope will be a lengthy series. The idea of trees telling their stories is brilliant- a way for kids to learn our history in a safe way. I appreciated the optional text on the bottom of many pages with additional facts. I also love that we can read this book, and then actually go visit the tree and historic site. Even as an adult, having been raised with stories of the Alamo, I learned new facts. While it might be hard for some children to know that people perished in this battle, the author handles it with care and appropriately, letting kids know the tragedy without it being too heavy. Could easily be part of a homeschool curriculum or even support traditional school curriculum on American history."
"I found this book fun, engaging, and educational. I loved the reader’s guide. There were so many interesting things I didn’t know. This is a book children and adults will learn from and love!!
Tana Holmes does a fantastic job sharing all this wise old Alamo Tree knows. Can’t wait for the next one!"
Miki Conn - Panel Member for Arts in Education grants - New York State Council on the Arts says,
"What a great idea to link learning about history with history trees. This first of a series is about the Alamo and is written in rhyme. The children's format limits the amount of detail the author can delve into, but it's good for getting started."
"I recently purchased this book to read to my kids as a fun way to share with them the story of the Alamo. It was so well written. I loved how it had extra history included for the adults that weren't a part of the actual story. It gave me more context that I could choose to share or not with my kids. Great to keep it shorter when I'm just trying to get my kids to bed--or longer for when I want to teach them more details about history. I love the premise of using a tree to tell the story of what happened on the land where it grows. My kids were totally involved in the story and loved it and it created the conversation where they told me the things they had already learned--and thanks to the extra info for parents included I had even more details I could add. Great story with great illustrations!"
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2020- GOODREADS
"Since the setting is in the place I’ve spent my entire life I know that the history is accurate. I love that children can be exposed to this great part of our country. The beauty of it, the diversity of its nature, along with its fascinating history. It can become a lifetime study. I’m excited that youngsters everywhere can be introduced to these things and perhaps be motivated to learn more through more study and a desire to personally visit this part of our amazing country - A visit to the Patriarch Tree on the next family vacation! Share this book with others in your family and friend community and plan to go ! You’ll love our home."
5 out of 5 stars- Sharon Sanderson
Serena Rivera- Gigi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center therapist says,
"I absolutely adore the concept and material within this story! It’s such a great way to teach history to a child. This story is a great guide for a parent or educator who wants to begin teaching history to their child/children. It was not only a great refresher but also taught me some things! Will definitely be following this series!"