“Bluebonnet at the Alamo,” by Mary Brooke Casad, illustrated by Benjamin Vincent, Pelican Publishing Co, $16.99.
Bluebonnet is a famous, well-traveled, curious armadillo. She followed the River Walk in San Antonio.
She entered the Alamo Gardens searching for a beetle for breakfast. When she ran into another armadillo, Digger Diller, he told her a history lesson.
Digger had lived in the gardens all his life. In fact, he was proud to explain that his Great-Great-Grandfather Diller lived there during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.
According to Digger, for 13 days the mission was under siege. Col. Travis had drawn a line in the sand. All but one man stepped across, pledging to fight the Mexicans to the death.
The cannon fire shook Grandfather’s burrow. When the final battle was over, Great-Great-Grandfather Diller came out of hiding and happened upon Jim Bowie’s knife. He quickly took it back to his burrow and it became a family treasure.
Bluebonnet was shocked that Digger kept the knife in hiding instead of giving it to the museum to share with all Texans. After all, what would Great-Great-Grandfather Diller say if Digger allowed the knife to leave the burrow? Should just one family enjoy the famous Jim Bowie knife?
After much argument, Bluebonnet persuaded Digger to offer it to the museum. But how to leave the knife where it would be discovered?
Their best laid plans were a blunder. How could they share such an artifact with other history buffs? The gardener almost captured the two armadillos digging in his perfectly laid out flower beds.
Benjamin Vincent’s authentic illustrations take the reader inside the fort. The armadillos’ whimsical discussion of the ethics of keeping such a historical item will amuse the readers.
True to her name, Vincent has drawn Bluebonnet wearing a bright blue bonnet with holes cut out for her ears. From the dark burrow, the armadillos could see a hole that highlighted the Alamo in the background.
Bluebonnet knew she would always “Remember the Alamo.”
JoAn Watson Martin is an educator.