Phoebe Clapsaddle and the Tumbleweed Gang

Phoebe Clapsaddle and the Tumbleweed Gang

by Melanie Chrismer, Virginia Roeder
     
 

Young Phoebe is raised as a Southwestern belle, which made her a genteel gal who was also a great rider and roper. One day she enters the territory rodeo to compete against the ill-mannered Tumbleweed Gang and their reign as champions is over. Clifford, Elmo, and Eustace Tumbleweed decide to get rid of sissified Phoebe Clappsaddle once and for all. But Phoebe fouls… See more details below

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Young Phoebe is raised as a Southwestern belle, which made her a genteel gal who was also a great rider and roper. One day she enters the territory rodeo to compete against the ill-mannered Tumbleweed Gang and their reign as champions is over. Clifford, Elmo, and Eustace Tumbleweed decide to get rid of sissified Phoebe Clappsaddle once and for all. But Phoebe fouls their devilish plot and teaches the boys some manners, too. Then, for a time, the desert blooms in the territory again. This thirty-two-page hardback and jacketed book is beautifully illustrated with the colors of west Texas. Illustrator Virginia Marsh Roeder uses collage effects to depict patterns from the cowboy's shirts to the diamonds on a rattlesake's back. The thirty-one illustrations complement the amusing story with delicate teasing and bristly fun to delight kids and grownups alike. Readers will enjoy the details of desert animals and faces with western character, or characters with western faces, that is. Melanie Chrismer is a fifth-generation native Houstonian who lived her elementary years in New England. She is a former newspaper stringer, who worked in libraries, schools, and bookstores while developing her writing career. Melanie, her husband, daughter, son, and schnauzer live in northwest Houston. Virginia Marsh Roeder has been an advertising artist, graphic designer, and an illustration artist. She is a retired St. John's School (Houston) art teacher. Both Ms. Chrismer and Ms. Roeder are members of the Society of Childrenís Book Writers and Illustrators.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Phoebe has all the Southern manners taught to her by her "sweet mama," as well as the Western skills taught to her by her "rancher pa." She enters her "flame-thrower chili" in a contest at the annual rodeo against the Tumbleweed Gang, "the meanest, dirtiest cowpokes in the territory," and wins. She hops off her horse in a proper skirt with a pink lariat in the calf-tying contest, ropes and ties the calf, curtsies, and beats the gang again. When the sore losers try to run her out of town, she teaches them a lesson they never forget. This old-fashioned Western is told in the format of a tall tale, making for a great read-aloud. Using bright blue, yellow, and greens for the clothes, and, of course, reds and whites for the bandannas, all set against a warm earth-toned background, the full-page illustrations bring the Old West alive for a generation of kids used to high tech and futuristic gadgets.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565549661
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Phoebe Clappsaddle Ser.
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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