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Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter

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Kissimmee Pete is a tall tale based on the life of Florida frontier cowboys, or "cracker cow hunters," so called because they used the crack of their whips to scare cows out of the brush. Just like cowboys out West, they rounded up their cattle and drove them to market, encountering unpredictable situations along the way.
In Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter, the tender-hearted, courageous, clever, cracker cow hunter, Kissimmee Pete, his speedy horse Blaze, his dog Mud, and ...

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Overview

Kissimmee Pete is a tall tale based on the life of Florida frontier cowboys, or "cracker cow hunters," so called because they used the crack of their whips to scare cows out of the brush. Just like cowboys out West, they rounded up their cattle and drove them to market, encountering unpredictable situations along the way.
In Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter, the tender-hearted, courageous, clever, cracker cow hunter, Kissimmee Pete, his speedy horse Blaze, his dog Mud, and String Bean, his green cow, sing, swim, push, and wrestle their way across grasses, prairies, and lowlands, finally arriving safely at port with their herd.
Filled with word play and an amazing array of adjectives, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter is a fast-paced adventure that includes encounters with starvin' mosquitoes, hairless bears, gators the size of canoes, and lots of laughs along the way. Yeehaw!

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Jan Day lives in Okeechobee, Florida, surrounded by the ranches and prairies where she has set her third book, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter. Day is the author of The Pirate, Pink and Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef, published by Pelican. Also a writer of published poetry and short fiction, Day offers writing workshops for schoolchildren and participates in a variety of children's publishing panels. Her first children's book, The Pirate, Pink, was selected for the Children's Book Council's Children's Choices 2002 program.
Janeen Mason, the brush-snappin', paint-crackin' illustrator, brings Kissimmee Pete to life in her third book with Jan Day. She illustrated The Pirate, Pink and Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef. An award-winning artist, her work is printed and sold around the world on puzzles, clay tiles, note cards, and fine art prints. Ms. Mason is a popular speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, and she exhibits her art in galleries and shows nationwide.

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Gr 2-4-This tall tale is based on the lives of Florida's frontier cowboys, called "cracker cow hunters" because they herded and corralled their livestock by cracking long whips to keep the animals in line. Kissimmee Pete is one of these men, and the story details his many adventures and exploits. He is helped by a dog named Mud; a speedy horse called Blaze; and String Bean, his pet green cow. Each adventure adds another descriptive adjective to Pete's name, so that at the end of the book he is: "Kissimmee Pete, the legendary, brainy, velvet-voiced, gator-wrestlin', stinky, hard-ridin', tender-hearted, courageous, cranky, clever, cracker cow hunter," who can still be seen riding at dawn on the Okeechobee prairies. The clever text is full of humor and flows well, and is set off by eye-catching illustrations that give the pages energy and imagination-just right for a tall tale.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589803251
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 979,374
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Day lives in Okeechobee, Florida, surrounded by the ranches and prairies where she set her third book, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter. Day is the author of The Pirate, Pink; Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef; and Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane, also published by Pelican. Having published poetry and short fiction, Day offers writing workshops for schoolchildren and participates in a variety of publishing panels. Her first children's book, The Pirate, Pink, was selected for the Children's Book Council's Children's Choices 2002 program.

Janeen Mason has worked with Jan Day on several Pelican titles, including The Pirate, Pink; Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef; Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter; and Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane. An award-winning artist, Mason is a popular speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, and she exhibits her art nationwide. She is also the author and illustrator of Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles, which has been called a "visually stunning sea turtle odyssey" by the president of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association. Mason lives in Stuart, Florida.

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