Too Tall Thomas Rides The Grub Line

Too Tall Thomas Rides The Grub Line

by James Rice
     
 

While cowboys often regard riding the grub line as a pleasant break from the rugged lifestyle that comes with the job, Too Tall Thomas is discouraged by the many jobs that he believes 'ain't no kind of work for a cowboy.'

Overview

While cowboys often regard riding the grub line as a pleasant break from the rugged lifestyle that comes with the job, Too Tall Thomas is discouraged by the many jobs that he believes 'ain't no kind of work for a cowboy.'

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Red-haired and gaunt, tall Thomas is a Texas cowboy on his way home after a trail drive, all money spent. "Riding the grub line" means stopping at ranch houses along the way and doing whatever work needs to be done in exchange for food and a bed for the night. Accompanied by a gray wolf and a jackrabbit, Thomas rides through barren country, doing his best at each tiresome job and encountering critters like a roadrunner, a turkey vulture, and even pack rats and a giant rattlesnake at the most disgusting task, shoveling out a well. With great relief he reaches the border of Texas (greeted by an armadillo and a cactus) and a ranch where he's taken on for the winter, happy at last to be offered "beans, bacon, and coffee three times a day, no roof, no bed" and no company, either, except his horse. That suits veteran cowboy Thomas just fine. Rice, a Texan, has written and illustrated many books set in Texas, New Orleans, and other venues in the South. Kids will enjoy the humorous watercolors with the exaggeration of a tall tale (funniest is the sight of the jackrabbit chasing the wolf), while learning something about the life of a real cowboy and the wildlife of the Southwest. 2004, Pelican, Ages 4 to 8.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Thomas is a cowboy who has just finished a trail drive and now heads south to do it all over again. The homeward journey is made by stopping at ranches to do a day or two of work in exchange for food-the grub-and a place to stay. The man complains, "I'll be danged if this is fittin' work for a cowboy!" as he patches a roof, mends a fence, and cleans a well. He cheers up when he crosses the Texas border and finds a "fittin'" job rounding up strays "with only a herd of stinkin' cows and a horse for company." The illustrations are trademark Rice, filled with rich color and humor. This is mostly a story about what a cowboy prefers not to do rather than about what he does. Add it to your collection only if you have a strong cowboy following.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589801776
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/29/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican’s treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Rice’s first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas®, has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers can enjoy more of Gaston®’s adventures in Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras and sample Rice’s other children’s stories with favorites such as Texas Jack at the Alamo. With more than 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council, among others. Years after his death, Rice’s family found the art and text Gaston® Joins the Circus, and this discovery has brought Gaston® back for one more adventure!

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