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Cowboy Small (Lois Lenski Books) Hardcover – November 27, 2001
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About the Author
Born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1893, Lois Lenski achieved acclaim as both an author and illustrator of children s literature. For her Regional America series, Lenski traveled to each of the places that became a subject of one of her books. She did meticulous research and spoke with children and adults in the various regions to create stories depicting the lives of the inhabitants of those areas. Her novel of Florida farm life, "Strawberry Girl", won the Newbery Award in 1946. She also received a Newbery Honor in 1942 for "Indian Captive", a fictionalized account of the life of Mary Jemison. Lenski died in 1974.
Top Customer Reviews
My son is into horses in a big way right now and one of his favorite movies is "The Cowboys" with John Wayne and Bruce Dern. (A few bad parts we skip through.) Amazingly, the book and movie are very similar is many aspects: chuck wagon, sleeping out, campfire, cattle drive/roundup, playing guitar, and breaking a horse in a round pen with the cowboys sitting on the top rail -- right out of the movie!
Lois Lenski's a national treasure. Why didn't I know about him before? And where are the greeting cards and window valances and sheets? Half joking here, but I wouldn't mind getting my son some Cowboy Small sheets when he moves to a big-boy bed. ;)
My son and I have read an older (from the 90s) version of the book and loved it. So I purchased the newest board book version- and they've really changed it. The story has been shortened: no bedroll, no fixing the fence, no branding. And the language has been dumbed down, too- no currying, for example. Too bad! I'll be giving away the new version and buying an older, used one instead! I'd recommend any other Mr. Small fans do the same.
That was more than three years ago, and this book has been one of the few steady books on our (very full, always rotating) bookshelf ever since. We now have three children, ages 5, 3, and 1, and they all still enjoy it. The oldest doesn't pick it out on her own anymore, but the others still do, and the oldest doesn't object. It is really one of those books that is completely wholesome, entertaining, interesting, and educational. I would get it for children between about 18 months and 3 years in particular. We really love this book. We checked it out from the library at least six times, for two months at a time each time, before I finally realized that this one had staying power and I might as well finally buy it!
I've read a few other Lois Lenski books and I think this one is by far the best. If your little one only had ten books to read every day for a year, I would include this one. And I still enjoy it after a few years of frequent reading, so that's saying something too!
If you're looking to buy it as a gift, I may as well add, the price never drops down on this, and I haven't been able to find it cheaper anywhere else, unfortunately.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sweet book and makes a great baby shower gift along with a pair of tiny cowboy boots.Published 9 days ago by Juniormint57
If you're looking to get the glossary of the tack items & outfit do NOT buy the board book version or you'll be disappointed as I was.Published 4 months ago by 3bats
Classic. Right up there with Policeman Small and The Little Fire Engine (aka Fireman Small). My kids all loved these and we spent many wonderful hours reading them together. Read morePublished 4 months ago by dave