"Adler has a near-miraculous ability to share an entire lifetime in a few words and to do so without sacrificing his subject's significance or contributions. Here, he tackles the daunting challenge of introducing a controversial man who was both a real-life and folk hero. He does so in a way that does not hide Crockett's faults, but rather allows his character and forthrightness to be seen in an admirable light. Readers come away from the book with a greater appreciation for the remarkable frontiersman, as well as with a surprising amount of knowledge and information. The Wallners' watercolors have a Currier and Ives coloration and mood that fit the period well. The pictures are lively, capturing Crockett's daring and zestful personality. They use color, light, and space to depict the many aspects of his life, from the brawny boasts he reputedly made the day he was born to the indigo skies over the Alamo that foreshadow impending doom. The author's notes and time line are valuable inclusions. In all, a fine choice."—Jerry D. Flack, University of Colorado
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