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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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Nov 18, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
The illustrations are paintings, but they are so life like that they seem to be photographs! These poems are really comical and interesting. Cowboys are a topic that interests a lot of children and I think they would really like the poems in this book. The poems describe the ways that life is for the cowboys and the different things they encounter on a daily basis. The comedy makes them interesting and a very different type of poetry.
Cowboys are a rough and tough gang tellin' stories round the fire in this book of cowboy poems. Illustrated in digital paintings that really add a lot of life to the book, this series of poems will get any kids reading. With fun language that is great to read aloud, the cowboys tell of storms and people and cows and camp stories. I would use this book in my classroom to give a new perspective on the culture of cowboys and also to get boy readers more interested in poetry.
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.
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.