Honestly, our favorite thing about this book is the cover illustration. We love that coonskin cap.
This book combines legends with biography in a way that is hard for early readers to connect to. Each chapter begins with a Paul-Bunyan-like legend about Davy, in italicized type, and then zips into the real biography. However, for a first-grader reading the story, that is totally confusing. It is a style more geared toward a fourth-or-fifth grader, the swooping back and forth between dreamworld and reality.
The parts about Davy being a warrior and a crack shot and a legislator and finally fighting at the Alamo (the BIOGRAPHICAL parts), were interesting and historical and well-written. But since they were interrupted with the mythic Davy, the book left me turned off. I'm a fan of poetic language and myth, but an early reader is still learning.
Other books in this series and at this level that we have really liked:
1)Harriet Tubman and the Freedom Train
2)Taking Flight - the Story of the Wright Brothers