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Children's LiteratureYou have to love this book! When children think of the West, they often associate cowboys with all the excitement. But those who read this book are in for a wonderful surprise. Calamity Jane was one of the most colorful figures in the history of the West. The author is quick to let the reader know that over time, fact and fiction about her is intertwined and hard to separate. Yet, when reading about her, you just want to believe that every bit of it is true. What a wonderful hero! Some of her escapades can be held equal to those of Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and any others you can think of. The colorful vocabulary the author uses makes the book entertaining to read and young girls will soon be calling their bothers varmints and ruffians. The colorful illustrations appear on every page and even the expressions on the horses make you smile. The author thoughtfully included a recipe for Honey-Mustard Barbeque Sandwiches and I can personally attest to how delicious they are. If you were looking for a gift for a granddaughter, niece, or you own daughter, this book would be perfect. It will bring hours of enjoyment. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 5 to 8.
—Kathie M. Josephs