Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Partners

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Saddle up, wranglers! Here comes the next installment in the adventures of Cowgirl Kate and her trusty cowhorse, Cocoa. The best friends are as feisty as ever as they play hide-and-seek, get new shoes, and learn the true meaning of friendship: They're partners through thick and thin, and partners do everything together.

With its lively text and spirited illustrations by Caldecott Honor recipient Betsy Lewin, this second book in the Cowgirl Kate...

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Overview

Saddle up, wranglers! Here comes the next installment in the adventures of Cowgirl Kate and her trusty cowhorse, Cocoa. The best friends are as feisty as ever as they play hide-and-seek, get new shoes, and learn the true meaning of friendship: They're partners through thick and thin, and partners do everything together.

With its lively text and spirited illustrations by Caldecott Honor recipient Betsy Lewin, this second book in the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series is sure to have young readers everywhere chomping at the bit for more.

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

From the Publisher
"Both girls and boys will enjoy this fresh new series, another winner in the publisher's stable of excellent books for emergent readers."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Kirkus Reviews
*"Both girls and boys will enjoy this fresh new series, another winner in the publisher's stable of excellent books for emergent readers."
Children's Literature
Yee-haw! Cowgirl Kate and her cow pony, Cocoa, are back for another round-up of sweet and funny adventures together on the ranch. In this volume, the two feisty best friends get new shoes, play hide-and-seek, practice roping skills together, and—after a long day of herding cows on the open range—learn the true meaning of the word 'partners.' Kids will enjoy these small tales that are funny and at the same time very reminiscent of the ups and downs they may experience in their own friendships at school and in the neighborhood. It is reassuring for young readers to discover that, despite a few rocky stretches along the way, Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa always work things out in the end . . . and continue trotting down the trail together! This hardcover volume is the follow up to the first in this step-into-reading series, "Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa," from the same creative team. As in the first book, Lewin's energetic illustrations expertly depict the rural, 'cattle ranch' setting and the innate humor of the text in pleasing primary colors. This one is a sure bet for both boys and girls who love horses or all things western. 2006, Harcourt, Ages 6 to 9.
—Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-The cowpoke and her horse are back, once again riding the range in this beginning reader. From shoeing to roping to rounding up cattle, Kate is as resourceful as Cocoa is contrary as they once again prove that a best friend is one you can count on through hot and cold, weak and strong, and even wet and dry. Lewin's cartoon style is as fresh as a prairie breeze after a spring rain. Set against a white backdrop, bold black outlines and warm watercolors underscore the busy days of ranch life. Libraries will have a hard time keeping this title in stock, so be sure to purchase more than one copy.-H. H. Henderson, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
After garnering a well-deserved Geisel Honor medal for their first adventure, Kate and her wiseacre talking horse Cocoa kick up their heels and hooves in another satisfying romp. In the first of four funny chapters, Kate talks Cocoa out of wanting cowboy boots and into "lucky" new horseshoes. The pair cooperates-mostly-to rescue a lost calf and hone Kate's roping skills, partnering through thick and thin (not to mention wet and dry). Silverman's crisp, lively dialogue and well-chosen action words ("nuzzled," "twirled," "pranced") result in that rarity among easy readers: a flowing text that functions as well as a read-aloud as it does a reader. Lewin, who knows her way around a barnyard, uses her signature, economical, bold black line to define and enliven the bright watercolors. She deftly captures the many moods of Cocoa, who's at turns mischievous, willful and affectionate. Both girls and boys will enjoy this fresh new series, another winner in the publisher's stable of excellent books for emergent readers. (Easy reader. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152060107
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 314,828
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (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, Hanakkuh Hop, and Don't Fidget a Feather. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit her website at www.ericasilverman.com

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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  • 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 @ TeensReadToo.com

    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 @ TeensReadToo.com

    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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