This title is suitable for children of ages 9 to 12 years. The great achievements and fascinating life of Jane Long, "Mother of Texas", are celebrated in this captivating biography. Readers will learn how Jane, orphaned as a young child and widowed at an early age, raises three children on her own and opened and operated a successful boarding house in Brazoria, the main port of Texas. The biography details how Jane's hotel became the central hub of activity for many of the major figures in the Texas Revolution, including William Barret Travis and Sam Houston, and how Jane used her domestic skills to serve her country in a time when other doors were shut for women. With more in-depth coverage and higher level of vocabulary than its companion volume, this intriguing story of a rough and tumble woman of incredible strength of character and fortitude will engage and educate young readers.
Mary Dodson Wade is a retired educator and librarian and author of more than fifty books, including Christopher Columbus, Cinco de Mayo, I'm Going to Texas, Lou Gehrig's Disease, and Tsunami: Monster Waves. Virginia Roeder is a retired art teacher and the illustrator of several books, including Phoebe Clapsaddle and the Tumbleweed Gang and Phoebe Clapsaddle for Sheriff.