Why don't you get a horse Sam Adams Author:Jean Fritz In the early days of America when men wore ruffles on their shirts, rode horseback, and swore allegiance to the King of England, there lived in Boston a man who cared for none of these things. Samuel Adams turned up his nose at ruffles, wouldn't get on a horse, and he hated the King of England. No one expected him to change his mind about the ... more »king or about frilly clothes, but his friends did think that he might get on a horse. But would he? Never! he said. He liked to wander about Boston, visiting and talking (mostly against England), and he could do that better on two legs than from the top of four. Samuel and his cousin John Adams spent years arguing about horses, but the outcome came as a surprise to John, as it also will to young readers.
In this true, little-known incident, Jean Fritz not only throws light on the leaders and the events of the American Revolution but also brings to the period the same humor and zest as she displayed in her earlier book, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? Trina Schart Hyman's finely drawn illustrations bring out the character of the people and the times with vividness and authenticity.« less