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Smoky the Cow Horse by Will James
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Aug 17, 2009

really liked it
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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