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The life of a cowboy driving a cattle herd was hard. It took a person with grit to drive a thousand head of longhorns along the Chisholm Trail. Cowboys faced badlands, lightning storms, and deadly twisters. But they also found time to swap stories around the campfire. David L. Harrison has created a cast of tough-as-leather cowboys who speak their minds in twenty-two enter ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published 2012 by WordSong
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This anthology tells the story of the experience of cowboys during the incredible cattle drives which happened before the pioneers and the trains came west. There was only one way to get the meat to market, bring the cattle thousands of miles north from Texas to Abilene or Wichita. David Harrison has captured both the challenges and the beauty of a cowboy’s life during a drive. There is “Mending Fence” speaking of ‘twelve miles of fence…like a pencil drawing out my future.” There is “Cookie” who ...more
This book is sure to be a hit with middle grade boys and girls who dream of riding the range and herding cattle across the country. In 22 poems, some for two voices, the poet pays tribute to the men responsible for moving enormous herds of cattle from one place to another, usually from Texas to Kansas where they would be sold. But life on the trail was challenging and lonely at times, and the poems put the lie to romantic versions of a cowboy's life. Since baths were a luxury on the trail, thing ...more
In “Cowboys,” Poet David Harrison and illustrator Dan Burr team up for the second time to create a companion piece to “Pirates.” “Cowboys,” is a collection of 22 free-verse poems that brings the gritty experience of herding longhorns on the Chisholm Trail to life. Cowboys drove cattle over the 1000-mile Chisholm Trail from Texas to Abilene, Kansas for several decades, before the railroads, refrigeration, and increased numbers of settlers made this method of getting steers to market obsolete. The ...more
Mackenzie Beals
Each poem in this book is told from the perspective of a cowboy. The language is written in exactly the way a cowboy would speak. The painted illustrations are very authentic and bring the poems to life. You are able to picture how cowboys live. This book would be the best fit for older grades.
The imagery was very nice in this, in both the art and the text, but the writing didn't really feel like poems. They lacked any real lyricism to me. Over all I liked it though.
Chelsea Cotton
Harrison does an amazing job showing the hard life of a cowboy during the cattle drive era through short poems. Illustrator Dan Burr makes these poem come to life. A beautiful story of American past.
I don't know why I'm so offended by books that perpetuate Texas stereotypes, but I am. Any kids' book that includes references to "Indians" and gambling raises my eyebrows, too. The only women mentioned are the one left behind and the saloon girls. Perhaps, the author should visit the Cowgirl Museum in Ft. Worth.
Judy Desetti
Illustrations were stunning in this wonderful book with cowboy poetry. Not sure my urban kids have background experience for it but I think it is wonderful exposure to our nation and its rich history and culture.
Sharon Lawler
On each double spread the reader finds a digital painting, which I thought they were oil, and a poem which speaks of all aspects of the cowboy's life. Three of the poems are meant for two voices.
Yoo Kyung Sung
Very cultural.. Often I wonder big part of American English and cowboy culture is like Japanese culture and Samurai influence.. It would be fun to do read aloud
Might be fun to pick and choose a few poems for a storytime or special event for Elementary aged children.
Kate Hastings
Grades 3+. Stunning illustrations and rugged poetry will make you want to saddle up with this book.
Edward Sullivan
Cowpokes, cattle drives, and the like in verse.
Francisco Javier
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