Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa

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Watch out, world! Two new wranglers have hit the ranch: Cowgirl Kate and her loyal cowhorse, Cocoa.

Together they count the herd, ride the range, and, of course, argue till the cows come home-as only best friends can do.

Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep.

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Watch out, world! Two new wranglers have hit the ranch: Cowgirl Kate and her loyal cowhorse, Cocoa.

Together they count the herd, ride the range, and, of course, argue till the cows come home-as only best friends can do.

Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Four amiable adventures . . . The genial humor and feisty horse have child appeal . . . This affable duo . . . welcomes new readers to their home on the range."--School Library Journal

"Young children will see themselves in both characters . . . A fine choice for reading aloud to small groups or for confident new readers to tackle on their own."--Booklist

Children's Literature
Yee haw! Turn the pages of this early chapter book to enjoy four delightful stories about a clever cowgirl and her hungry horse. In the first story, Kate and Cocoa are heading out to herd cows, when Cocoa decides he is thirsty. Then, he is hungry. Then, he decides he is too full to herd cows. So, Kate decides to tell him a story. The quick-witted girl's story inspires him and soon the pair are heading out to do their herding. In the second story, Kate brings her beloved horse a surprise. Cocoa's sure he knows what the gift is, and he is impatient to open it. He acts badly and bites it, then the pair have a good laugh as the horse comes to realize just how rashly he has acted. In the third story, Kate takes matters into her own hands when a hungry Cocoa refuses to help her count the cows. He changes his mind pretty quickly, and Kate is once more back in the saddle, but Cocoa has a pleasant surprise for her. In the fourth and final story, Kate and Cocoa are getting ready to go to sleep. Like a child, Cocoa needs his bed fluffed, then something to eat, then something to drink. Kate tends to his needs, but becomes a bit exasperated. When the tables turn, and she cannot get to sleep, it is Cocoa to the rescue with a soothing cowgirl lullaby. This book is sure to be a favorite with girls and parents everywhere. 2005, Harcourt, Ages 4 to 8.
—Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Kate is a "cowgirl from the boots up," and Cocoa is her loquacious and irascible equine companion. Together they share four amiable adventures in this easy chapter book. Beginning readers learn how the cowhorse was acquired and, in the process, discover that Kate is subtly clever and Cocoa is a bit of a slacker. The stories that follow include a disappointingly inedible surprise for the horse, a test of wills and devotion while cowherding, and a sleepover in the barn that dexterously reveals their mutual affection. Simple sentences and lots of repetition make these tales accessible, while occasional cowpoke vocabulary establishes the locale. Both horse and girl have well-developed personalities that weather the ups and downs of friendship. While the narrative is somewhat lacking in excitement, the genial humor and feisty horse have child appeal. Strong black lines lend rustic solidity to the watercolor illustrations that are generously distributed throughout the text. With additional adventures in the works, this affable duo augments Cynthia Rylant's popular people-and-their-pets pairings (Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby) and welcomes new readers to their home on the range.-Carol Ann Wilson, formerly at Westfield Memorial Library, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Kate is a confident and resourceful little girl with her own talking horse in this easy reader written at the fluency level for children who are reading on their own but not quite ready for longer fiction. The text is divided into four short chapters that describe some small incidents in their entwined lives: Kate acquiring Cocoa; the horse reacting to the surprise gift of a straw hat; their joint effort at counting cows; and an evening together in the barn. Cocoa is a distinct personality who demands lots of food and attention from Kate, but they also swap roles as caretaker when Cocoa worries about Kate's tree-climbing or sings her a lullaby when she's nervous about sleeping in the barn. Lewin's loose watercolor illustrations are just as appealing and funny as those in her other farmyard stories, with the cows taking a back seat this time. The humorous text, warm friendship between horse and owner and captivating illustrations add up to a cowgirl and "cowhorse" with enough star power to ride the range together in subsequent sequels. (Easy reader. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152056605
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Series: Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 126,815
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

ERICA SILVERMAN is the author of the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa early reader books, the first of which received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor. Lana's World is her newest easy reader series. She has also written many picture books for children, including When the Chickens Went on Strike, Big Pumpkin, Hanukkah Hop, and Don't Fidget a Feather. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit her website at

BETSY LEWIN is the well-known illustrator of Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and the Caldecott Honor-winning Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, all written by Doreen Cronin. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Story for Cocoa
Chapter 2 The Surprise
Chapter 3 Counting Cows
Chapter 4 Bedtime in the Barn
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    very cute

    My daughter is obsessed with horses and every Wednesday checks out another Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa book. This one is a cute story. Cocoa wanting to live in the house and eat people food. My daughter definitely gets a giggle from this book.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Adorable and funny

    Being that this is the first book in the series we cant wait to get more! The chapters are each short stories so it holds a young child's attention and it is very funny! The horse is always hungry and asking for food and Kate gets annoyed which makes me and my 2yr old laugh. The pictures are also adorable. Very cute read with a lesson that taking care of each other and teamwork pay off even if it isn't always fun.

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

    Summer Reading 2010

    My 5 year old daughter likes the book.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    My 4 Year Old Loves It.

    A fun book. Cocoa has quite a personality. Cowgirl Kate is always there to help him figure things out. My 4 year old just laughs at all the crazy things that Cocoa does.

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip aka "The Genius" for Kids @

    When the seasons change and fall comes around, it's time for Kate to go to school. Cocoa isn't too thrilled with the fact, as the four short, easy-to-read chapters of the book show. <BR/><BR/>In MARY'S LAMB, Cocoa is determined to follow Kate and her school bus all the way to school, until he realizes that the faster she gets there, the quicker she'll return back home. <BR/><BR/>With THE PORTRAIT, Cocoa helps Kate with her homework assignment, which involves painting a picture. <BR/><BR/>A NEW FRIEND introduces Kate's schoolmate, Jenny, who Cocoa is determined not to like, until Kate reassures her best friend that nothing will ever take the place of her horse. <BR/><BR/>In A REPORT, Kate and Cocoa both realize that Cocoa is the best one to help with a school report on horses! <BR/><BR/>The COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA series is great for beginning readers, or for a quick and fun read before bed. This one is no exception, and the lessons learned in the story are ones that everyone can relate to.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for Kids @

    The lovable duo of Cowgirl Kate and her horse, Cocoa, are back - this time for some fun (and not-so-fun) adventures in the rain. <BR/><BR/>Cocoa isn't so sure about being outside during a thunderstorm, even if the thought of racing the wind sounds exciting. He may just get his chance, though - on the way back to the safety of the barn! Pretending to have a cold might give Cocoa an idea of what a sick cow would feel like, but missing out on timothy grass, apples, and corn is not appealing. When it comes to wearing a rain sheet, Cocoa isn't much for the idea. It looks silly, and besides, prancing in the puddles is so much fun! Until you're dripping wet and shivering, that is. After the rain, the air is fresh, the grass is sweet, and the joy of chasing the pot of oats at the end of the rainbow can't be beat. <BR/><BR/>Once again, author Erica Silverman and illustrator Betty Lewin bring to life the tales of one cowgirl and her sweet horse. The books in this series are perfect for beginning readers, and the love between a young girl and her horse perfectly describes the true meaning of friendship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    A Great Book about Friendship

    My daughters love this book. Kate and Cocoa show children both the joys and difficulties involved in being a good friend. Even though each chapter seems like a different short story, they capture the interest of even the youngest readers. we look forward to more adventures with our new friends.

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