School Days


Cowgirl Kate is going to school—but horses are not allowed. One lesson she and Cocoa both learn...they're best partners no matter what.

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Cowgirl Kate is going to school—but horses are not allowed. One lesson she and Cocoa both learn...they're best partners no matter what.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
In this third collection of stories about the cowgirl and her horse, school begins. When Kate leaves on the bus, Cocoa follows it like Mary's little lamb, much to the other children's enjoyment and Kate's embarrassment. The animal is lonely and heartsick when she brings a child home but soon realizes they both have made a new friend. When Kate's attention turns to homework, Cocoa helps by posing for a picture in one story and, in another, demonstrating facts about horses for her report. Lewin's breezy, cartoon style features strong black lines and watercolor against mostly white backgrounds. Each story opens on a spread, and both characters have wonderfully expressive faces. Cocoa seems like a real horse because his movements are just right-whether galloping back home ("ta-dum ta-dum ta-dum"), rolling on his back, or shaking his long, caramel-colored mane. As the friendship between these two shines through in each story, emerging readers will make a place in their own hearts for this pair.
—Mary Jean SmithCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Cowgirl Kate and her sensitive and lovable horse, Cocoa, are back in this third installment of the popular series for young readers. With its four interrelated stories, new readers and horse lovers everywhere will appreciate these tales of friendship, change and love. Kate is growing up and Cocoa is not sure if he likes it. He worries that Kate's heart is not big enough for all of her new experiences, and him too. Whether Cowgirl Kate is going to school, doing her homework, making a new friend or writing a report, it's clear that the love of her life is Cocoa. The peppermint in her pocket proves it. Lewin's brisk, energetic watercolor illustrations show every mood shift, whether human or equine. As Kate learns to write, read and paint, Cocoa is growing up right with her. Yee-haw for Kate and Cocoa-and for all the readers who will learn to read right along with them. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606860588
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ERICA SILVERMAN has written many books for children, including Sholom's Treasure: How Sholom Aleichem Became a Writer, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein, and When the Chickens Went on Strike, illustrated by Matthew Trueman. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

BETSY LEWIN is the well-known illustrator of Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and the Caldecott Honor-winning Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, all written by Doreen Cronin. She lives in New York City.

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