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Tiger's New Cowboy Boots [Paperback]

Irene Morck , Georgia Graham
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Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

A herd of cattle stampeding across the endpapers hints at the subject of this feisty picture book, in which a boy breaks in a shiny new pair of cowboy boots. Pleased as punch with his footgear, Tyler heads for his uncle's Misty Valley Ranch to help with the annual cattle drive. Despite the boy's initial precautions, his boots don't stay "soft as a pony's nose" for long as he pitches in to keep the herd together (one orphan calf in particular), guiding them up steep hills, through tangled forests and across a river. Scratched by branches, soaked by water and decorated with cow flops, in the end the boots are "muddy, stained, soggy, cut-up"Ajust like those of a real cowboyAand Tyler couldn't be more proud. Morck's workmanlike prose gives a realistic, child's-eye overview of a cattle drive. Graham's detailed drawings of cows and steeds are more convincing than those of the cowhands, but her varied mix of wide-angle shots, tight closeups and smaller sketches gives the pages a sense of movement and flow. This brief introduction to cattle herding will likely whet the appetites of aspiring ranchers. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-A well-done, low-key story about teamwork, originally published in Canada. Although a veteran of several cattle drives at his Uncle Roy's ranch, city slicker Tyler has always been self-conscious about wearing running shoes while riding his horse on the roundup. This year, however, he's sure that his new boots will make him an official cowboy...and might even catch his friend Jessica's eye. Disappointed that no one notices his "soft as a pony's nose" footwear, the boy finds he doesn't have much time to dwell on it as these drives are strictly business. The business at hand, of course, is moving 400 head of cattle 12 miles to the ice-cold river and then on across. Tyler's responsibilities include watching out for a recalcitrant calf and blocking an escape path between the holding corral and the river while the animals are chased into the water. Along the trail, readers see that a cowboy is defined by his initiative and grit and, just maybe, by boots that have earned some character. Graham's charming, full-color illustrations nicely complement Morck's unpretentious text. While not as detailed as Gail Gibbons's Yippee-Yay!: A Book about Cowboys and Cowgirls (Little, Brown, 1998), this gentle vignette will give children a feel for the adventure, camaraderie, and just plain hard work that goes into a modern-day cattle drive.
John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review


"Feisty."

-- Publishers Weekly



"One of the most attractive kids' books . . . since A Prairie Alphabet."

-- Saskatoon Star Phoenix



"Realistic, full-colour art captures the sweep of the landscape and the rough and ready process of moving 400 cows and calves up mucky trails and across rivers."

-- Quill & Quire

About the Author

Irene Morck is the author of several children’s books including Old Bird, Five Pennies and Apples and Angel Ladders. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in magazine anthologies and on the radio. She and her husband live on a farm near Spruce View, Alberta.

Artist, Author and Illustrator Georgia Graham was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She loved drawing as long as she can remember and has been hooked on chalk pastels since her mom gave her a set when she was in grade four. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art in 1982 where she studied Visual Communication. She first used her art for children by drawing pictures for her Sunday School class while telling Bible stories. Since then she has been slowly developing her illustrating skills.
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