All About America: Cowboys and Wild West

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About the SeriesAction-packed and meticulously researched, with specially-commissioned illustration, detailed reconstructions and original artwork from each period, reading lists, and resources for further study, this series is an immersive introduction to the history that shaped America.

Very few images conjure up the adventure and romance of American history like the cowboy, but real-life on the range was not easy. Academically researched and engagingly written, this ...

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Overview

About the SeriesAction-packed and meticulously researched, with specially-commissioned illustration, detailed reconstructions and original artwork from each period, reading lists, and resources for further study, this series is an immersive introduction to the history that shaped America.

Very few images conjure up the adventure and romance of American history like the cowboy, but real-life on the range was not easy. Academically researched and engagingly written, this examination of cowboy history brings the frontier to life, from the danger of the stampede to rustlers, outlaws, the coming of the Iron Horse, and the end of the open plains as ranchers fought for control of the land. Along with the familiar aspects of cowboy life like the cattle drive, and equipment like saddles and guns, this title also covers lesser known subjects like the role of women on the plains, and the important part played by African Americans and Mexican immigrants.  Packed with original photographs, illustrative montages, dynamic reconstructions of historic events, scenes, and locations, and highlights of some of the Wild West's most notorious personalities, this non-fiction gem is sure to inspire hours of historical exploration and discovery.

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Library Media ConnectionAll books contain double-page articles featuring a particular topic with sidebars for additional information. Illustrations are a mixture of paintings, engravings, and photographs of the period that the reader will enjoy viewing. Readers of all ages will enjoy these books but they are most appropriate for upper elementary students BooklistThe books in the All about America series pack a wealth of information into an attractively designed package. Double-page spreads, enhanced with photographs, color illustrations, reproductions, artifacts, maps, and sidebars, introduce each topic in detail. . . . All titles give careful consideration to Native American history, highlighting their displacement, noting that colonists and Indians often attacked each other, and emphasizing that more settlers died of disease than from attacks. A glossary, time line, and suggested books and websites add to this series’ research value.  Kirkus ReviewsFocusing on specific time periods within American history, the books in the All about America series pack a wealth of information into an attractively designed package. Double-page spreads, enhanced with photographs, color illustrations, reproductions, artifacts, maps, and sidebars, introduce each topic in detail. . . . All titles give careful consideration to Native American history, highlighting their displacement, noting that colonists and Indians often attacked each other, and emphasizing that more settlers died of disease than from attacks. A glossary, time line, and suggested books and websites add to this series’ research value. School Library JournalThese visually appealing titles effectively combine painting, engravings, primary documents, and photographs with cartoon illustrations. . . . The content is interesting and pithy. . . . Great resource for reports and good reading for children interested in hte specific periods and places. Tusconcitizen.com (Shelf Life)Richly illustrated and brimming with interesting historical facts, how cowboys lived, worked, and got into occasional trouble are explored.
Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Staton looks at the lives of cowboys in the American West when hard work, outlaws, danger, and runaway cows were everyday events. In the early years of the American West, cowboys and cattle went together like meat and potatoes. The country was wide open, and cattle ranchers could run their herds freely along the plains. When the railroads came along, the cattle were rounded up and driven to them. This work was done by cowboys mainly from the mid- to late-1800s. The work was hard, dirty, and lonely, and it paid little wage. There was money to be made in the cattle business, and many of the big ranches run by cattle barons profited nicely. Each one employed around a hundred cowboys. In addition to taking care of the cattle, cowboys fixed broken equipment, cooked, broke wild horses, and performed many other tasks. One of the biggest fears cowboys had was of cow stampedes. Trying to stop hundreds of speeding cattle was dangerous work. Other dangers on the trail were dust storms, Indian attacks, floods, prairie fires, and cow thieves called rustlers. Railroads ended the era of cowboys, cow towns, and cattle drives but the legend of the West and its cowboys lived on. Modern cowboys still do many jobs of the earlier ones, but instead of using manual branding irons they use electric ones, and cows are moved by trucks rather than by rail. Roping and riding skills are still valued, and showcased at rodeos. Backmatter includes a glossary, a timeline, a list of websites, a list of books to read, and an index. Sidebars and many illustrations add visual appeal. Part of the "All About America" series. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753465820
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Series: All About America Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilarie N. Staton has been writing childrens books for many years. She has worked for historical museums, as well as has written state history textbooks and tests. Her first major history work was a two-volume United States history textbook. She has written books about American political movements and historic sites. Although she grew up in the west, loving western history, she now lives in the heart of Colonial America, New Yorks Hudson Valley.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Highly recomended it is very accion packed and amazing when i read the first page i knew it was going to be yhe best book i ever read in my whole life ive read many wild west books but not one as exiting as this

    when i saw this book i thaught it would be interesting but boy was i wrong it was Amazing! in my whole life i never read a western book so accion packin im my life it was a dream come true i love that book and it taught me a fey lessons to i really recomend this book... it will change youre lives

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