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Bluebonnet, everyone’s favorite itinerant armadillo, is on the road again! In this latest picture book by the Texas writer and illustrator team of Mary Brooke Casad and Benjamin Vincent, Bluebonnet visits her sister Irmadillo in Kilgore,Texas. There, she meets her four nephews—Wildcatter, Bradford, Hunt, and Lloyd—all named for aspects of the East Texas oil history. As the boys describe their namesakes, Bluebonnet learns how the East Texas Oil Field was discovered, and how it changed rural Texas into “Boomtown, U.S.A.” The armadillo boys take Aunt Bluebonnet on a trip to the East Texas Oil Museum where they experience firsthand how oil is produced, what the town was like in the 1930s when oil fever struck, and even what it feels like to drill for oil!
Bluebonnet at the East Texas Oil Museum is a wonderful introduction to the East Texas Oil Museum and makes an ideal souvenir or travel companion for young visitors and anyone curious about East Texas and the oil industry.
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 Texas State Capitol, Bluebonnet at the Marshall Train Depot, Bluebonnet at Johnson Space Center, 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 EAST TEXAS OIL MUSEUM
By Mary Brooke Casad
Illustrated by Benjamin Vincent
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus. Ages 5-8