by Maripat Perkins, illustrated by Molly Idle
Peachtree Publishers, 2015
Take yourself out on the ranch with Rodeo Red. This perfect read-aloud is fun-fun-fun to share.
Rodeo Red and her best friend Rusty were “happier than two buttons on a new shirt…until Sideswiping Slim showed up.” (baby brother) She knew right away he was trouble, but the Sheriff and her Deputy seemed smitten. As the months wore on, Slim started moving into her territory and then he stole ole’ Rusty! When she tried to remove Rusty from Slim’s clutches, Rodeo Red is the one to get into trouble! Fortunately, City Slicker Aunt Sal sent a sissified simpleton (white stuffed cat) and Red knew she had her answer.
Red’s voice carries this story and combined with soft pastels showing lots of expression, this book will want to be read again and again.
Lexie, the Word Wrangler is clever, clever, clever with words! Truly a word lover’s delight.
On the open plains, Lexie wrangles together an ear of corn and a loaf of bread to make some tasty cornbread. She watches over little baby letters until they grow into bigger words: a, at, cat, cattle. She wrangles a whole passel of words together to make sentences. But one day the d was missing from her bandana and the rain was missing from rainbow and a red bow hung in the sky. A word rustler was loose! “It’s high time to trap this scoundrel,” she said and she waited in a tree determined to stop the rustler. Then, long about sundown, the rustler lassoed the long in longhorn. Lexie jumped into action, lassoing the rustler. Fascinated with words himself, he joined forces with Lexie and even helped the other young’uns learn to hitch words together.
Based on a true story of an ex-slave, Julius Lester tells a story of a cowboy who, without a word or a rope, befriends a small herd of wild horses. In silence he watches the horses, moving when they move, responding how they respond, until an opportunity comes. Using his own horse, he challenges the lead stallion and takes over leadership of the herd. Pacing with the herd, he eventually leads them to a corral, and they follow. Fascinating.
A story of patience. A story of nature. Beautifully illustrated with wild horses that tell their own story. The story will long be remembered.