After singing the Texas State song, Bluebonnet admires the Goddess of Liberty statue on top of the state capitol dome. Filled with pride, she wishes that she could climb to the top to see the statue up close. To her amazement, someone tells Bluebonnet that he has been to the top, more than three hundred feet above the ground!
The voice that seems to come from nowhere belongs to Mac, a mockingbird, which happens to be the State bird of Texas. Mac offers to give Bluebonnet a tour of the Texas state capitol building.
While inside, they discover that a group of schoolchildren are meeting with the governor in order to decide on the State mammal. Some of the children want the State mammal to be the armadillo, while others want it to be the Longhorn. Which one will it be?
Once again outside, the pair meet Bevo, a Longhorn interested in the outcome of the children's decision. Bevo is a friend of Mac's, and Bluebonnet has made two new friends today. That, after all, is more important that what the State mammal of Texas will be. Isn't it?
About the Author
Mary Brooke Casad is a Louisiana native and a resident of Texas. She received a BA in journalism from Southern Methodist University and is the author of Pelican's Bluebonnet at the Marshall Train Depot, Bluebonnet at Johnson Space Center, Bluebonnet at the East Texas Oil Museum, Bluebonnet at the State Fair of Texas, Bluebonnet at Dinosaur Valley State Park, and Bluebonnet at the Ocean Star Museum. Casad created Bluebonnet, the well-traveled armadillo, to teach Texas children about their rich local history.
About the Illustrator
Benjamin Vincent is a freelance illustrator based in Dallas. He also illustrates for magazines and advertising agencies, creates vision drawings for corporations, paints, and is a well-known caricature artist. Vincent, the illustrator of six of Casad's Bluebonnet Series books, received a BA in illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
BLUEBONNET AT THE TEXAS STATE CAPITOL
By Mary Brooke Casad
Illustrated by Benjamin Vincent
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / General
32 pp. 8½ x 11