Trail Drive

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Texas Jack, the jackrabbit, sez that after the Civil War, millions of
Longhorn cattle roamed the plains of Texas, and that cowboys would herd the cattle and bring them to markets 1,000 miles to the North.This is what they called a Trail Drive. Many cowboys would perform special jobs to get the cattle to market safely.
Scouts would ride ahead of ...

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Texas Jack, the jackrabbit, sez that after the Civil War, millions of
Longhorn cattle roamed the plains of Texas, and that cowboys would herd the cattle and bring them to markets 1,000 miles to the North.This is what they called a Trail Drive. Many cowboys would perform special jobs to get the cattle to market safely.
Scouts would ride ahead of the herd to look for the best routes to take. Point,
swing, flank, and drag riders would keep the herds together and guide them along the trails. The night hawk's job was to circle the herd and keep it bedded down at night. Sometimes, he would even sing or play the harmonica to keep the herd calm. The most versatile cowboy was the chuck wagon cook. In addition to cooking two hot meals a day, he also performed the duties of a doctor, barber, dentist,
repairman, and sometimes even an entertainer. The cowboys encountered many dangers along the way. Stampedes at night,
which could feel like earthquakes, were the scariest things on the drive. Dust storms, thunderstorms, flash floods, and cattle thieves were some of the other dangers and obstacles that the cowboys had to face. But Texas Jack sez that the cowboys loved what they did and that they would not trade their way of life for anything. James Rice is widely acclaimed as the South's leading creator of juvenile books. With more than 1,000,000 copies of his books in print, he ranks among the nation's top authors and illustrators for juveniles.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
The many hardships and dangers of driving a herd of cattle from the brush country of South Texas to the cattle markets of Kansas, in the years following the Civil War, are depicted in this picture book using a brief factual text and humorous color illustrations. The straightforward account of the cowboy's work is somewhat enlivened by the comments of Texas Jack, an anthropomorphic jackrabbit who appears on every page with a comment expressed in an exaggerated Texas drawl.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565541634
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,012,337
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty children's books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas , Rice's first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children's Book Council.

James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty children's books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas , Rice's first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children's Book Council.

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