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Slim and Miss Prim Paperback – August 1, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Harris's (The Three Little Javelinas) watercolor caricatures and the rollicking verse of newcomer Kinerk make mighty fine pardners in this ballad about a patient cowhand named Slim and his boss, the garrulous Miss Marigold Prim: "He mended her fences and herded her cattle/ and listened at length to Marigold's prattle." One day, as Slim rounds up the herd, a band of scruffy rustlers kidnaps him and steals his cattle. As months pass, the feisty yet ladylike Miss Prim rides through county after county in search of her missing employee. But word of her quest reaches the rustler chief, whose men manage to snatch her as well. This lady, however, sure can talk, and her excessive chatter ("She lectured on manners, she lectured on crime,/ the importance of keeping appointments on time,/ brushing your teeth after breakfast and dinner,/ the foods you should eat to help you get thinner") finally does the bad guys in. Harris offers some of his funniest work as he shows the properly coiffed Miss Prim pointing a white-gloved finger at the boorish bandits, whose table manners are an object lesson in Don'ts. Though Kinerk's rhythm skips a beat or two every now and then and he serves up some questionable rhymes (on/dawn; lot/ought), most of his rhymed couplets will roll right off the tongue. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 2-5-Slim, a ranch hand whose off-key singing assaults the ears of his horse and the local fauna, is unabashedly in love with Miss Marigold Prim, the proprietor of Prim Rose Ranch. With a huge pink bow on her hat and another on her behind, the woman is the epitome of propriety. She maintains her white-gloves demeanor even as she rescues Slim and her cattle from ill-mannered rustlers. Harris's droll watercolors fit perfectly with Kinerk's tongue-in-cheek, lovesick poetry. There are plenty of humorous details: the cattle sport an elaborate flower brand; a grizzled rustler waiting in line to take a bath holds a yellow ducky in one hand and keeps a pink towel decorated with ducks wound around his paunch with the other; and "Pizza" and "Root Beer" signs adorn the storefronts along with the traditional "Bar" and "General Store." Who wouldn't get a kick out of pouting rustlers or a sighing prairie dog or Miss Prim lecturing her captors on darning? A rib-tickling read-aloud.
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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873587928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873587921
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,018,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Chohon on January 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Great book. My 4 year old loved it. Cute story and awesome pictures. Just the right length.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is an enjoyable book written in rhyme. It uses a few uncommon words which is wonderful for teaching purposes. The situation plot is sweet.
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The illustrations for this book were very expressive and a quality seldon seen in a chids book. I enjoyed it.
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