Author: Gail Herman
Title: Who Was Davy Crockett?
Publication Info: Grosset & Dunlap (2013)
I read this children’s biography to my son. I actually knew very little about Davy Crockett (who as we learn in the biography preferred to be called David) so it was interesting to read a book that focused on the facts of his life rather than the legend. We learned that he was a man who moved around quite a bit on the Western frontier of Tennessee, enjoyed hunting bears, served in U.S. Congress, and died fighting at the Alamo. It was all very interesting although the book does soft-pedal the severity of his involvement with “Indian removal,” slavery, and the anti-Mexican prejudice of the Texas liberation fight. On the other hand, it doesn’t ignore these issues. So we’re presented with a story of a complex man who’s life may be more interesting than the folk tales he inspired.