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Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter
     

Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter

by Jan Day
 

A tall tale based on the life of the frontier cowboy, or "cow hunter," as they are called in Florida, this book is full of sassy word play and cracklin' adjectives. Follow Kissimmee Pete, a velvet-voiced, gator-wrestlin, stinky, tender-hearted, clever cracker cow hunter as he gets himself a herd as big as the sky. This colorful picture book is a real kick to read

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A tall tale based on the life of the frontier cowboy, or "cow hunter," as they are called in Florida, this book is full of sassy word play and cracklin' adjectives. Follow Kissimmee Pete, a velvet-voiced, gator-wrestlin, stinky, tender-hearted, clever cracker cow hunter as he gets himself a herd as big as the sky. This colorful picture book is a real kick to read aloud!

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School Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589803251
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/31/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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's work has appeared in art galleries, on puzzles and clay tiles, and as fine-art prints. She is a member of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the Children's Book Council. She also served as the illustrator coordinator for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Florida. An exhibit featuring her illustrations traveled throughout museums in Florida and was even displayed in the Capitol Building in Tallahassee. In addition to speaking at schools, Mason appeared on the PBS program NOVA scienceNOW and remains a popular guest on radio. Her accolades include a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, and the National Award for Excellence in Communities.

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