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Sure, he can catch a greased pig at a local rodeo, but can he bake biscuits? Ten-year-old Justin struggles to "feel like a guy" in a family dominated by females. When he goes to spend a week at his grandfather's ranch, he discovers there's more to being a man than riding horses and tending to livestock. There's also cleaning up messes, making beds and, from time to time, baking biscuits--good biscuits. Along with its lighthearted treatment of gender conflict, this story, which won the 1987 Coretta Scott King Award, provides a look at the little-known history of the black cowboys who helped settle the West and create rodeos. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In PW 's words, "Refreshing, likable characters, an exciting rodeo and a history of the black cowboys combine to create a very special story." Ages 8-11.
Copyright 1990 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: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad; Reprint edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061958913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061958915
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had my fifth graders read this book and they loved it. They couldn't put it down. It's an excellent look at an all too unknown group of people in history--Black Cowboys. It's also a wonderful coming of age story. It comes highly recommended from the students of St. Malachy School.
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This is a great book about an African-American boy named Justin. Over the course of a stay with his cowboy grandfather, he learns that there is no such thing as women's work, you can do anything once you learn how, and a cool history lesson about black cowboys. My 4th grade students loved it and we had a great debate over whether there is a such thing as women's work!
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My son read this book with his 4th grade class. I read it along and out loud with him because we are really working on reading comprehension.

This is a terrific discussion-starter book for parents and children. Not only is there the sexism parts, but there is also the theme of Justin being never shown how to do things (or made fun of when he tries) to the extent that he just stopped trying.

I was very surprised to see the "n-word" (it's on page 82 in mine) in a book geared toward such young children. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but I would not have known about it if I had not been reading the book with my son. They did not discuss it in school or let the parents know which is a shame, as it led to a few great discussions in our home about racism and the power of words.

Overall, a great book. It was nice to see some diversity in my son's required reading and to have a completely boy-centric book where the main character is not sickeningly perfect.
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I read this first and would have given it 4 stars based on pretty well written, cute story, amount of attention given to research and historical detail, and a nice little lesson on family relationships. Put it in the hands of a nine year old boy with a big sister and it becomes a laugh out loud, "I know just how he feels!", didn't want to stop reading, 5 star book. Perfect for reading to or kids who read on their own. And a great selection for family book clubs, a starting point for discussing inter-familial relationships and promoting understanding.
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A gentle story with a slow pace and little action, this reads almost as sleepily as a Henry Huggins. Then you get to the jarring fact that Justin's father was killed in a car accident, and Justin has to make do with a houseful of females. When he can't muster the organization needed to clean his room or do the dishes without making a mess, Justin breaks down in tears. Clearly, a father figure is needed, and Justin's grandfather arrives to whisk him away to a picture-perfect ranch hours away from Justin's usual urban environment.

Grandpa takes Justin in hand and teaches him how to take care of himself. He learns to do "women's work", which isn't as demeaning or demanding as Justin had previously thought. The ranch itself is described in nostalgic terms, beautifully imagined. I wished I was there.

Justin learns how to check out the fencing on the ranch and prepare meals in the open. He reads about his family history in a book he notices in Grandpa's room. The reader learns a little history about black cowboys and exodusters, African Americans who went out west to take advantage of the Homestead Act. The notably grisly episode of an exoduster getting his hands cut off by night riders (whites who felt threatened by the exodusters' departure) was fairly shocking in such a sweet story.

The book culminates in Justin's trip to the Bill Pickett rodeo. There he wins some ribbons for skills he didn't know he had; makes a new friend at a pie-eating contest; and gains some self esteem. The `best biscuits in the world' are those that Grandpa entered in the contest. Justin learns the recipe and makes them for his impressed family.

I liked how this book educated the reader about black cowboy history, but didn't preach. The information was brought in naturally and didn't take center stage. This book would be of interest to most third graders.
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A wise grandfather leads his son into growth in self-esteem. It wasn't much fun being last at bat at everything, but Justin learned that by trying with the help of an "expert" he could be a winner, too. I loved the way the author wove American history into the story without making the slavery part be so gut-wrenching. I loved the way the great-grandfather's literacy allowed him to pass on much to his family. It is a book worth family sharing.
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Add another book to my list of recommended stories with African-American characters. I'm delighted to say that this story not only has African-American characters, but it has an African-American boy and an African-American grandfather as central characters. And any boy living in a female-centric home will love this tale of a boy who seeks out his grandfather to advise him on how to make a bed and how to bake the world's best biscuits.
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I really really liked this story because it show that at first Justin does not know how to do anything right and he had two sisters and one that was bigger than him and he always got in trouble and at the end he learns how to make his bed and cook biscuits and other stuff and know body believes that he can do all those things because before he went to his grand fathers he could not do anything but when he gets back he can make his bed and his on food and it just amazing that he could do all those things after he got back from his grand fathers and its cool.
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