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Smoky the Cow Horse by Will James
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Aug 17, 09

Read in August, 2009

The eventful life of Smoky the horse, written and delightfully illustrated by someone who clearly loved horses and the old American West. I loved the dialect used throughout and learned a lot about horses, round-ups, and life on the trail. I came to love both horse and cowboy so felt the story lost some of its punch when one of them disappeared from the narrative for a time. I'd recommend this 1927 Newbery-winner to strong readers (with a caveat -- watch out for insensitive stereotyping).
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