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

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  205 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
In the early days of America when men wore ruffles, rode horseback, and obeyed the King, there lived a man in Boston who cared for none of these things. No one expected Samuel Adams to wear ruffles or pledge allegiance to the King of England, but his friends did think that he might get on a horse. But would he? Never! he said. An ALA Notable Children's Book. Full color.
Hardcover, 47 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Perfection Learning (first published 1974)
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My boys say this should actually be 4 1/2 stars. They really enjoyed this quick introduction to Sam Adams. My 6-yr-old loved the mention of his dog, Queue, and was upset when the dog died. We learned a lot about Sam and the events leading up to the revolution.

Although things like the Stamp Act and Boston Tea Party are mentioned briefly it was enough to whet their appetite. Since they are somewhat familiar with them, they were excited to see the part Sam Adams played in history and were anxious t
Fritz writes interesting historical (early United States history) books. These are typical in fourth grade. Today I picked up this book from the bookshelf. It's a fairly quick read.

Admittedly, I didn't know a whole lot about Samuel Adams prior to reading this other than the beer originally brewed (no longer though) in Boston.

Adams was an instigator and was the one behind the Boston Tea Party. Paul Revere's ride was to alarm Adams that the redcoats were looking for him; they weren't pleased that
What a guy! I know a few people from Boston and I can see some resemblance :-) Good, interesting history book with lots of fun details (especially loved hearing about his dog, Queue that bit the redcoats!) My 7 year old Revolutionary war nut loved it.
Sam would walk everywhere so he could talk to people and "keep them angry with England." You can't have conversations all day from the back of a horse. He walked until his cousin John convinced him that statesmen rode horses. Funny.
Jul 13, 2016 Canela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The children and I REALLY enjoyed this one. We are a household of strong willed people and there were many aspects of this story we could all identify with. It also did a great job of tying a real person to a few very big events in history. A great catalyst to study them further (The Boston Massacre and The Boston Tea Party). Samuel Adams was a misfit and that's what makes him so lovable. In the end though, even "fire starters" have to evaluate their own desires and comfort for what's best for t ...more
Jenny Schuth
Why don't you get a horse, Sam Adams? is a biography about Samuel Adams and even has the exact instructions from John Adams of how to ride a horse. This wasn't necessarily my favorite biography, though it does present the facts. The pictures are on the dull end so I think it is going to be harder to get kids excited to read this book when there are much more exciting things out there for them to look at. It is factual and longer than a typical picture book so that was good but I can't say I woul ...more
This is a great biography because kids can relate not just to Sam Adams, but to his dog, Queue to has his own story within.
Sep 24, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jacob and mom rated the book 3 1/2 stars. Ellie rated the book 5 stars because it had horses in it and she loves horses.
May 14, 2016 Incorrect rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it wwasssssssssdfgh terrible
Jul 31, 2014 Mckinley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting overview of Sam Adams and the situation at the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
Mar 19, 2008 Joenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Biography on Sam Adams and his involvement with the Revolution. The story's plot centers around Sam Adams and his refusal to ride a horse as he walks everywhere. I didn't know too much about Sam Adams, and so enjoyed this book.
FATSO aka D'Angelo Slater
it good because in the frist statue he has no hrse in the second one he has a horse i like the book because he falls of the horse when they teach him how to ride the horse the whole story is about him geting a horse
I have enjoyed all of Jean Fritz's books, I think I know all about a person she has written about, but she has ALWAYS found some small bit of information that I find fascinating.
Great storytelling! I love Fritz's books because they can be read in one sitting and have so much information packed in an entertaining read.
On the suggested summer reading list for students.
Apr 06, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I like any book that teaches children history in a fun way.
Jeannie Scheirman
Cute way to learn a bit about the Amer. Rev.
Jan 21, 2008 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pretty good beer!!!
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Jean Fritz is a children’s author who has a fascination with writing historical fictions. She was born on November 16, 1915, in Hankow, China to missionary parents. After living in China for 13 years, Fritz and her family moved back to the United States. Beginning her career with an English degree, Fritz became an award-winning and respected author. She has received an honor for every book that sh ...more
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