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Cowboy Jose Hardcover – March 17, 2005

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–When José sees Rosita, he can hardly wait to ask her for una cita, but the bonita girl requires her vaquero to have mucho dinero. So, with the help of his horse, Feo, José enters the rodeo hoping to win the necessary funds. After a successful ride on a dangerous bronco, he is rico enough for Rosita; however, in a surprising twist, he chooses friendship over beauty and spends his money on dinner for Feo. Afterward, the two ride off into the sunset together. This story has something for everyone: friendship, greed, danger, and a happy ending. Elya's engaging text features snappy rhymes and plenty of contextual clues for the Spanish words that appear in bold type. The rhyming scheme helps non-Spanish speakers with pronunciation, and a glossary at the beginning of the book provides phonetic guides and definitions. Raglin's watercolor-and-colored-pencil artwork features bright south-of-the-border colors and characters in traditional dress to accentuate the story's Mexican setting. The illustrations, especially the facial expressions, add depth and humor to the story. This rollicking tale is ideal for storytime sharing.–Catherine Callegari, San Antonio Public Library, TX
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K-Gr. 1. The plot of this story-in-verse may be insubstantial (a Mexican cowboy wants to impress a gold-digging senorita), but Elya's lazy, clippety-clopping rhythms are irresistible: "Caballo and cowboy--their friendship is strong. They ride 'cross the prairie and belt out a song. They sing canciones. Jose plays maracas. 'Get along, little dogies, get along, little vacas.'" Such self-consciously hokey lines pair seamlessly with Raglin's slick, comic artwork, which owes an obvious debt to Saturday morning cartoons. As in Elya's Oh No! Gotta Go (2003), the text shifts gracefully between English and Spanish, and a glossary, together with frequent visual and contextual clues, bring meanings to light for greenhorns. There is no pronunciation key to explain the glossary's phonetic formulations (BYEHN for bien, for example), but the beauty of bilingual poetry--in which bowl might be rhymed with the Spanish sol--is that the pronunciation lesson is implicit. This will pair nicely with Eric Kimmel's Cactus Soup [BKL S 15 04], perhaps for a Cinco de Mayo storytime. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (March 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399235701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399235702
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Teresa Hodek on May 7, 2007
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My daughter loved this book when we had checked it out from the library, so we bought it for her. Good storyline (teaches friendship is better than hanging out with the "pretty girl"), great action scenes (bouncing on Daddy's lap for bucking bronco scene or eating ribs with slurp sound), and teaches Spanish vocabulary in very friendly way. Really nice book.
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We bought this book after discovering it at the library. Both of my kids have it memorized and know some Spanish words because of it. It is entertaining and has a wonderful moral about friendship. It's lyrical and a delight to read aloud. I now give it as a gift to others.
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This is a great book! I love to read it to my class every year! The condition of the book was pretty good.
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By Bentleb on January 15, 2014
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Kids and adults enjoy it together. Teaches a good moral. Enjoy the little bit of spanish in it as well.
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