Cowboy Rodeo

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Texas Jack, the long-eared jackrabbit, tells the story of how rodeos came about in this latest full-color book by author/illustrator James Rice. In this tale young readers learn about the three
R's-"ropin', ridin', and rasslin'."
Rodeo got its start in the days of roundups and big cattle drives.
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Overview

Texas Jack, the long-eared jackrabbit, tells the story of how rodeos came about in this latest full-color book by author/illustrator James Rice. In this tale young readers learn about the three
R's-"ropin', ridin', and rasslin'."
Rodeo got its start in the days of roundups and big cattle drives.
Cowboy Rodeo tells about life on the trail and how roping calves,
bareback riding, and bulldogging became rodeo events. Using colorful
Southwestern cowboy vernacular, Texas Jack explains the hard-working,
competitive lifestyle of cowboys and how rodeos allowed them to test their skills or simply prove their toughness.
James Rice's lively illustrations make this a beautiful as well as educational addition to any child's library. Though intended for children, his work has a sizable following among grown-ups as well. James Rice is widely recognized as the South's leading author/illustrator of children's books. He is the author and illustrator of Cowboy Alphabet , Cowboy Night
Before Christmas , and Texas Jack at the Alamo .
He is best known for his Christmas titles, including Cajun Night
Before Christmas . He also created the Gaston the Green-Nosed
Alligator series.
James Rice, born in Texas, studied art at the University of Texas and
Stephen F. Austin College. For many years he taught art and music at schools in
Texas and Louisiana. He is also an accomplished clarinetist and sculptor.

Describes the atmosphere and the events of the rodeo in its early days.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-5-- Fans of Rice, whose Texas Night Before Christmas (Pelican, 1986) is a legend in the genre, will relish this dual account of the development of the rodeo. Rice writes a brief statement--usually one sentence--about some facet of the rodeo as it emerged from plain, ol' cattle ranchin' and rasslin'. Then his alter ego, Texas Jack (a jackrabbit) adds a similarly brief, illuminatory comment. The text is illustrated with two-page spreads of Rice's inimitable cartoon sketches. Readers who know about rodeos will take to this like a horned toad to an anthill. Others may have more trouble understanding it, but they can just enjoy the pictures and pick up whatever they like as they read along. --George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882899039
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,411,069
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.33 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty children's books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas , Rice's first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children's Book Council.

James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty children's books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas , Rice's first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children's Book Council.

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