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Home on the Range
     

Home on the Range

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by Brian Ajhar
 

Q: What can happen when a young boy follows the winds of his own curiosity?
A: He might just discover a land full of beauty, adventure, and new friends!
Evoking the thrill of discovery and exploration of new terrain, Brian Ajhar's fresh new interpretation of the classic campfire song will allow young readers to see the range in a whole new

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Q: What can happen when a young boy follows the winds of his own curiosity?
A: He might just discover a land full of beauty, adventure, and new friends!
Evoking the thrill of discovery and exploration of new terrain, Brian Ajhar's fresh new interpretation of the classic campfire song will allow young readers to see the range in a whole new way—through a young boy's imagination.
Ajhar's affectionate characterization and vibrant palette are destined to make this a favorite for every aspiring cowboy and cowgirl . . . and the inclusion of the musical notation at the end might just inspire parents to take out the ole guitar and start strummin'.

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Publishers Weekly
A boy's daydreams take him Home on the Range in Brian Ajhar's (The Giggle Treatment) imaginative interpretation of the song lyrics. Clad in blue footie pajamas, the young hero rides his rocking horse and watches the antelope play-as clouds over the New York City skyline outside his window. But when night comes, he is transported out West to herd steers "where the skies are not cloudy all day." Ajhar's acrylic and pencil illustrations aptly convey both the boy's infatuation with the plains and his trepidation when he finds himself en route. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A childhood fascination with the West inspired this imaginative interpretation of the famous song that titles this book. Author Brian Ajhar shares delightful and creative images in this storybook. It is a playful take on the song about deer playing, stars shining, and breezes blowing through a western place in the country. Each lyric leads the reader through a little boy's fantasy of riding his rocking horse and chasing a cowboy hat from his home in the city out to the range. There he makes friends with a bull and enjoys the beauty depicted in the song. The lyrics are also shown at the end of the story, along with sheet music so that those unfamiliar with the song may sing this classic tune. In fact, children will love hearing/singing the words in this book as they turn the pages as leisurely as a cowboy rides his horse along the range. This is a treat as a bedtime story, lulling young readers into their own imaginations. 2004, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 to 7.
—Cherie Ilg Haas
Kirkus Reviews
Leaving behind a bedroom strewn with elaborately detailed toys, a New York lad clad in a Stetson and pj's rides his rocking horse out west for some riding and roping "where the skies are not cloudy all day." Ajhar uses four verses of the 19th-century original's six (the song has had several versions over the years, none of which are credited here), reprised with a new musical arrangement at the end. His visual interpretation isn't particularly literal-there are plenty of deer playing, but no antelope, and lines like "Where the air is so pure, the zephyrs so free / The breezes so balmy and light" sound odd coming from the preschool-aged protagonist. But the cattle have mobile, expressive countenances, and even children already home on the range will respond to the ditty's eminently singable sentiment. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803729186
Publisher:
Dial
Publication date:
09/09/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 11.44(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Young cowboys and cowgirls are sure to take a liking to this version of the classic song 'Home On The Range' as seen through the eyes of a small boy who lives in a big city but dreams of being 'Where the deer and the antelope play.' His favorite toys are Western - a covered wagon, a rocking horse, model cowboys and cattle. One night he sees a cowboy hat in the stars, and, in his imagination he follows the hat to the place he's always dreamed about. A graduate of Parsons School of Design and the illustrator of several children's titles, Mr. Ajhar fills his pages with sunny and moonlit illustrations using acrylic paints and drawing pencils. 'Home on the Range' is a joyful story that will fire many young imaginations.