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Children's LiteratureWhile learning about time and schedules, Katie and Cameron help their uncle, a bull rider, at the rodeo. Each day the children write up their activity time schedule, including the time for the chore that Cactus Joe, their uncle, assigns to them. On the first day Cameron and Katie, unfortunately, lose track of the time and arrive too late to help Cactus Joe with the task of watering the horses. The next day the children, not wanting to disappoint their uncle, try again and just barely make it on time to help catch calves. The following day's job for the children is handing out ribbons for the Bull Riding Championship (Cactus Joe's event). Katie and Cameron keep a close watch on the time and decide on an early start to the grandstand. Although they run into a few obstacles, the children arrive to the event on time for the big event. The illustrations include images of analog timepieces and schedules to remind the characters and readers of the concept of time. Following the story are helpful suggestions for activities around the concept of time and schedules that readers can relate to in their daily experience. The story may connect more with readers if the context revolved around events that children normally face as a part of their daily lives. Rodeo Time is a Level 3 book in the "MathStart" series. 2006, Harper Trophy/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 7 to 10.
—Carrie Hane Hung