Someday Rider Book & Cassette

Overview

Kenny loves to go down to the corral to watch his father and the other cowboys bridle and saddle their horses. When he sees them ride off into the far hills, he wishes he were going with them. "Someday you will," his mother tells him. "I'm tired of somedays," Kenny answers. "I don't want to be a someday rider. I want to ride right now."

Kenny longs to ride a horse like his father and the other cowboys, and finally his sympathetic ...

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Overview

Kenny loves to go down to the corral to watch his father and the other cowboys bridle and saddle their horses. When he sees them ride off into the far hills, he wishes he were going with them. "Someday you will," his mother tells him. "I'm tired of somedays," Kenny answers. "I don't want to be a someday rider. I want to ride right now."

Kenny longs to ride a horse like his father and the other cowboys, and finally his sympathetic mother teaches him.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In wispy watercolors that evoke the allure of the range and rustic ranch life, Scott and Himler present pint-sized Kenny, who yearns to ride herd with his dad and the other cowboys. . . . At long last, the day arrives when Dad is short-handed, and Kenny gets to show his mettle as he and his mom join the roundup in the far hills. With warmth and humor, this thoughtful story reflects a ranch kid's unspoiled pleasures and true-to-life ambitions." Booklist, ALA

"Himler's watercolors are perceptive, evocative, and absolutely lovely-just right for this realistic slice of rural Americana." Kirkus Reviews

"Would-be cowpokes should hanker to read this coming-of-age story. Kenny yearns to join his dad and the hard-riding cowboys on their Western ranch. . . . The soft watercolors in Western tones tell the story independently of the text. The ranch's critters and Kenny's episodes come to life, with Himler portraying the boy's wild rides and obvious pleasure in his developing horsemanship skills." School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Himler's soft watercolors depict Kenny's growing up when he joins his father on a Western ranch. Ages 3-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Would-be cowpokes should hanker to read this coming-of-age story. Kenny yearns to join his dad and the hard-riding cowboys on their Western ranch. He's tired of hearing their typically grown-up response, ``Someday you'll ride.'' He practices his equestrian skills on a trio of cantankerous mounts--a goose, a sheep, and a calf. His mother decides he's old enough, teaches him the basics, and she and Kenny both join the men on the roundup. The resolution won't surprise many readers, but they'll feel satisfied by the boy's triumph. The soft watercolors in Western tones tell the story independently of the text. The ranch's critters and Kenny's episodes come to life, with Himler portraying the boy's wild rides and obvious pleasure in his developing horsemanship skills. --Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Pub . Lib ., NM
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Ann Herbert Scott's Someday Rider (Clarion, 1989) is an appealing coming-of-age story in which young Kenny yearns to ride herd with his dad and the other cowboys. Kenny tries riding a variety of animals--a goose, a sheep, and a calf--with comical results until his understanding Mother steps in and helps him learn to ride. One day, Kenny gets to show what he's learned when his Dad is shorthanded on the ranch. Listeners are drawn right into the story by excellent narration and realistic background sounds recorded in stereo, such as the clatter of horses hooves, dogs barking, birds chirping, and water running. On one side of the cassette, the page-turn signal to turn each page is a horse whinny. Background music with guitars, harmonica, and the rhythm of horses walking enhances the Western setting of "cowboy country." Young children will enjoy listening as they turn the pages and view the pictures in the accompanying paperback book. However, the text is too advanced to make this a "read-along."-Kristina Aaronson, Bethel Elementary School, VT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618040810
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/17/2000
  • Series: Read along Book and Cassette Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.21 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Herbert Scott describes herself as "a transplanted Easterner who has come to love the wide skies and far mountain ranges of the West." She is the author of SAM, ON MOTHER'S LAP, and several other picture books. She lives Benicia, California.

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