Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams Free Printable
Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?
by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
Jean Fritz writes historical fiction books for children ages 9-12. The stories help children understand history in a way social studies textbooks cannot. She found interesting facts and used helpful, realistic illustrations. She was born in 1915 in China and felt misplaced there as an American. She developed a keen interest in the culture and history of America. This interest extended into her writing books which must have helped her feel more like an American citizen, I imagine. The stories also help American children today feel connected to their history and culture.
In the book Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? there is a child in many of the illustrations which children will notice. Students would have some fun finding which pictures include a child and which do not, and considering why some illustrations do not include children. It is as if the child in the drawings is looking at what the child reading the book would be looking at. The illustrator, Trina Schart Hyman, drew detailed and clever pictures to help children relate to history.
The story is about John Adams (who became a President of the United States) arguing and trying to convince his cousin, Sam Adams, into learning to ride a horse. He finally wins the argument and Sam Adams becomes convinced he needs to ride a horse, not for dozens of common sense reasons, but because he wants to have a statue of himself one day. Of course, a statue of a statesman would include a horse!
My PDF appears to be a multiple choice test, but in my version, each question has between one and four correct answers. This will hopefully provide a reading comprehension challenge for students.
There are two work pages and an answer key.
Happy reading, Carolyn