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Children's book about Texas shows remarkable place Amarillo

One thing I can say for sure about my granddaughter is that she loves to read. Her room is full of toys and we always find her on the couch reading a book. That's what she enjoys the most. We're definitely not complaining.

When I was in Dallas last week, I picked up a book to read to her at bedtime. It was one I had never read before. Now my daughter reminded me that I bought this book at Target for my grandchild. I'm sure I did. I didn't recognize it. I was sure I would recognize it.

Why? On the cover of this book, there is a very notable place in Amarillo. It was a book about Texas. The book I read was called “I Love You as Big as Texas.” A book about Texas. That was pretty cool. On the cover, right there on the cover, it said “The Big Texan.”

Photo credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

Photo credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

Yes, if you drive anywhere in Texas, you'll see the billboards offering the free 72 oz steak (if eaten within an hour). The funny thing about this book is that there are several pages showing things in Texas, but also includes another picture of The Big Texan. Part of me thought that maybe the folks at The Big Texan were a big sponsor of this book. Did Bobby Lee pay author Rose Rossner for so much love in this book?

Photo credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

Photo credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

I'm not sure, I just know that there are at least 3 or 4 pictures of our restaurant in Amarillo in this book. You don't believe me?

Photo credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

Photo credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

Those are three different sides. No other Texas landmark is in the spotlight as often as The Big Texan. Here's another one.

Photo credit: Melissa Bartlett.

Photo credit: Melissa Bartlett.

The page mentioning Amarillo is missing a picture of The Big Texan, which I found funny.

Photo credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

Photo credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

I'm not mad at all about the love that is shown to the big Texan. I thought it was funny that my granddaughter would say “Amarillo” and “Happy Birthday” every time there was a picture. She remembers we were there for my birthday last year. She remembers and associates Amarillo and birthdays with the big Texan.

If you need a great book to read to your own child and grandchild, then I would recommend picking up a copy of this book. I seem to have gotten it at Target, but you can also find it on Amazon.

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