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Texas Tomboy (American Regional)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The entire ranch is thirsty-will the rains ever come?Tomboy Charlie loves the ranch and the outdoors, especially now that she has a horse of her own and can ride like a true cowboy. She doesn't understand why her mother keeps after her to help out in the house, too. But ranch life is hard, especially when there's a drought. There isn't enough water for the crops or cattle, ...more
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Published by Lippincott (first published January 1st 1950)
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Melinda Lilly
Feb 19, 2013 Melinda Lilly rated it it was amazing
Growing up as a Texas Tomboy, this was one of my favorite books. When our town librarian retired, she let me have the library copy which I had checked out over a dozen times! This is still one of my most treasured possessions.
Oct 02, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Girls growing up

Charlotte, who prefers to be called Charlie, is an eight-year-old growing up on a Texas cattle ranch. She loves to ride out with her father everyday and help him with ranch duties. She has no interest in wearing dresses, helping her mother in the house, or going to school. She memorizes a poem only so her uncle will get her a horse. She is the Texas Tomboy.

Texas is in the third year of a drought. Not a drop of rain has fallen, the cattle are dying of thirst and hunger, and Charlie's ranch is in
May 31, 2010 Crystal rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
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Sarah Sammis
Oct 09, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok
Lois Lenski died shortly after my first birthday. My mother's collection of picture books from her childhood had a many a Lenski title. So her books were part of my childhood. Recently I discovered her longer books at my local library and I've been checking them out as a I have the time.

My most recent Lenski read was Texas Tomboy. It's the story of a rough and ready girl who can ride a horse better than anyone and has a temper that needs reining in. She and her family are going through a rough d
Jul 25, 2011 Kameron rated it liked it
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I really enjoy Lois Lenski books...they give such a detailed, authentic look at a place and time in American history that I may not know much about. I enjoyed all of the references to Texas that I've come to love, but her heroine in this book was not one of my favorites. Being a tomboy is one thing - being rude and disrespectful and disobedient is another - and she seems to get away with an awful lot of that just because she is a tomboy. Other than that, it was a sweet story of a family (and com ...more
Lisa Mcbroom
Apr 18, 2013 Lisa Mcbroom rated it really liked it
This was the first Lois Lenski book I read. This tells of Charlotte a tomboy in wild Texas.
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Many of Lenski's books can be collated into 'series' - but since they don't have to be read in order, you may be better off just looking for more information here:

Probably her most famous set is the following:
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