Diamond Jim Dandy and the Sheriff
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Diamond Jim Dandy and the Sheriff

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  7 reviews
When a snake slithers into the sleepy town of Dustpan, Texas, the sheriff knows for darned sure that it shouldn’t be allowed to stay—even if it’s really a friendly kind of rattler. No matter if the neighborly reptile has managed to charm the customers at the local restaurant, entertain the Ladies Sewing and join the kids for playtime. After all, that’s the law of the west:...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Sterling (first published 2010)
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Kindergarten-Grade 2—A friendly and frolicsome rattlesnake shakes things up when he slithers into small, dull Dustpan, TX. Despite making friends with the menfolk, ladies, and babies, he is run out of town by the sheriff because "it's the Law of the West." However, when little Idie Mae (whom the sheriff was babysitting "just to pass the time") goes missing, the rattler (with his pearly fangs) assists in saving the day and everyone declares him to be one "jim-dandy" sna...more
Jenny Young
Grades K-3


Prejudice; intolerance

The illustrations are created with watercolor and pencil.

Personal response:
I really liked the story in this book and the lesson. The Sheriff in the small (boring) town has a new visitor. The Sheriff doesn't give the new visitor a chance and tries to run him out of town just because he's a snake. The ending made the story great and I enjoyed reading it.

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This book would be good for a scien...more
Elizabeth S
A fun, silly book that teaches a good moral. I love that the sheriff moonlights as a babysitter. And everyone learns about how to earn trust and friendship.
Cute illustrations. And a fellow Texan!

But ... snakes are an automatic ick factor. Even cute ones. And while this is a nice addition it is not a must have.
Cute story...but it must be read with a Texas accent. ;-)
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