Today I'm pleased to share a great book with you all. As part of her book blog tour, Vivian asked me to talk with my readers about her book. Here are my thoughts.
Prairie dog Cowboy by V. Gilbert Zabel
Life as a Cowboy back in the day
Buddy is five years old and dreams of being a cowboy when he grows up. He tends to the cattle on his pa’s homestead and with the help of his dog Patch does a pretty good job. He works hard, and his neighbor Caleb Hyman recognizes this. He offers Buddy a job, when he can rope a prairie dog.
As the years pass, Buddy gets really good at being a cowboy and many of the neighbors take notice. They bring horses for him to break, cows for him to keep an eye on and he does all this while going to school and taking care of his parents land.
The one thing Buddy doesn’t seem to have is his mother’s love. He doesn’t understand and try as he might by planting the fields, harvesting them when it’s time and taking care of all the outside chores, she doesn’t change her attitude towards him. Then Buddy’s father becomes ill and things get worse. Will Buddy’s mom ever love him? Why does she favor his older brother Jake? Will the brothers become friends? Find out as you read this action packed tale.
V. Gilbert Zabel has a way of spinning a story. Taking a time in our country’s history that is full of change, she tells of this young boy’s trials, tragedies and triumphs. Sprinkled into the story are facts about life as a cowboy back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s in the Oklahoma territory turned state.
At the back of the book there is some information that helps take this book beyond reading. There are sections about life in “No Man’s Land”, prairie dogs and a set of discussion questions to help reinforce what you’ve read. This book will be a great supplement in any classroom.
Going with my theme of books going beyond reading, Vivian has added some very good information at the back of this book. She's also told me that she's working on a teacher's guide for even more information. One suggestion she had was to have kids who read the book write how they would act or react if they went through one or more of the experiences Buddy did. This would be a very good project and I bet everyone in the classroom would learn a thing or two from the other students.
Interested in purchasing your own copy? You can if you go to 4 RV Publishing While you’re there, look around there are lots of great books available.
Vivian and 4 RV Publishing are giving away 4 canvas bag with the 4RV logo on it. How can you get a chnce to win this? Leave comments during the 8 day tour. She says sorry, but they can be shipped in the U.S. or Canada only.
The other stops along the way are:
Beverly Stowe McClure
February 17 :
Joy Delgado Yes, I'm hosting at both blogs today. Hop over, Zebee is talking with Buddy from the story about what it's like to be a cowboy.
Elysabeth also at her other blog
Rena Jones and at her other blog
February 19 :
Malcolm R. Campbell
February 22: - wrap up
Hope to see you in the blog comments!
I'll be back tomorrow with tip number 29.