A Paradise Called Texas is the story of young Mina, who immigrated with her parents from Germany in 1845--the year that the Republic of Texas became a state of the United States.
The book is based on the author's research of her own ancestry, and begins in a small farming village in Germany. After devoting the first several chapters to life in the German fatherland, the author turns to the long voyage to Texas.
At first, Mina's experiences upon her arrival in Texas seemed far from the paradise that she had expected. However, after enduring tragedy, hardship and adventure, Mina and her father settled happily in the emerging village of Fredericksburg.
A Paradise Called Texas was first published in 1983. It is one of the most popular of over 150 books published by Eakin Press for young readers. The book is often read both at home and in the classroom, and was a nominee for the Texas Bluebonnet award. It is recommended for (approximate) grade level 5.
A short list of German words are used in the text, and are defined in a Glossary following Chapter 20 at the end of the book. We hope that you enjoy the on-line version.
Online Edition Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved.