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

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  175 ratings  ·  15 reviews
In early America, when all the men wore ruffled shirts and rode grandly on horseback, one man refused to follow suit. He was the rebel leader Sam Adams, a plainspoken gent who scorned ruffles, refused to ride a horse, and had little regard for the King. This lively biography is a nice, personal look at a leader and his times.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published September 9th 1996 by Puffin Books (first published 1948)
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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.
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.
Interesting overview of Sam Adams and the situation at the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
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
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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.
I like any book that teaches children history in a fun way.
Jeannie Scheirman
Cute way to learn a bit about the Amer. Rev.
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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