Under the Moon and Stars

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The ranching and cattle culture today, while heavily influenced by modern conveniences, still remains a hands-on culture. Because of the variety of conditions existing on each ranch, individual creativity is essential to the lifestyle and survival of the cowboy and his day-to-day work. The same qualities essential to the working cowboy have also produced an evolution in cowboy poetry. As the third in a series of cowboy poetry books which have taken this evolution from the very traditional Cowboy Poetry: A ...
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Overview

The ranching and cattle culture today, while heavily influenced by modern conveniences, still remains a hands-on culture. Because of the variety of conditions existing on each ranch, individual creativity is essential to the lifestyle and survival of the cowboy and his day-to-day work. The same qualities essential to the working cowboy have also produced an evolution in cowboy poetry. As the third in a series of cowboy poetry books which have taken this evolution from the very traditional Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering, to the more innovative New Cowboy Poetry: A Contemporary Gathering, the new Maverick Western Verse now pushes cowboy poetry right to the cutting edge.

Tired of being a kid, Andrew leaves home and gets a job as a cowboy so he can ride the range, eat beans and corn bread, and sleep under the moon and stars.

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K-Gr 2-Emerson and Post give kids the ultimate fantasy: mom's permission to ``leave home and become a cowboy.'' Tired of cleaning his room, eating meat loaf and mashed potatoes, and going to bed at eight o'clock, Andrew McAlister joins the Bar-T ranch hands in their roping, branding, bean and cornbread eating, and sleeping under the wide open sky...until that, too, becomes routine. He returns home where he finds his life not so offensive and where he sometimes dreams of being a cowboy. Emerson's dry wit combines with Post's clever perspectives for a quiet, humorous story. Andrew's mother responds to her son's quest with a matter-of-fact, ``Please try not to get your clothes too dirty.'' And while his vision of cowboy romanticism is seen from boot-level perspective, his disillusionment with cowhand chow is shown from the cook's viewpoint. Post sprawls his purple-blues and rusts across two-page spreads, ideal for both the settings and for adding a surrealistic tinge to the boy's fantasy. The large format enables group read-alouds, while the sparse text is appropriate for the just-beyond-beginning readers.-Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
Stephanie Zvirin
The collaborators who produced "Magic Boots" (1994) return with a picture-book version of a familiar adage, setting it around the assumption that kids still want to be cowpunchers. A disgruntled boy who opts to become a cowboy ("`Please try not to get your clothes dirty,' said his mother" ) slides smoothly into his new life. He rides the range, sleeps under the stars, and eats beans and cornbread to his heart's content--until that old sense of sameness sets in and memories of his mother's meat loaf and his nice, soft bed urge him home. There are really no surprises or action-packed scenes here, and the story teeters a bit uncomfortably between fantasy and reality. The illustrations, however, are quite striking. Printed on slick, shiny paper, they literally glow with the rich, deep sunset tones and will draw children into the simple cowboy yarn that speaks so plainly of the value of home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879056339
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Lawn Lessons 1
Winter Solstice 2
In the Blood 3
he tells it like it was 8
Transplanted 9
Morning Prelude 10
Centennial Quilting 11
In the Eye of the Beholder 12
Mud Creek Beaver 15
Through Aspens and Beyond 16
Smell of Sage 17
Haiku From the Mountains 19
Cliff Dwellers 20
Kings, Tonight 22
Noise Level 25
Small Town Dying 26
Spring, 1965 28
Good Buckskin Horse 28
Southwestern Suite Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall 29
Route 138 30
Hired Guns 30
Mountain Likker 32
Bounty Hunter 34
Branding Day 35
Going to Buy Some Heifers The Death of Jesse Parker 36
Cow Tradin' by the Rio Grande 37
Gathering Cattle for the Fish Creek Cattle Association Before the Snows Trap Them in the High Country, Winter, Jackson Hole 1979, Wyoming 38
Lookin' for a Place to Bed Down 40
Grand Canyon 41
Shipwreck, New Mexico 42
Practicality 42
Uncle 43
Drought Year 44
Spring 45
Digging Potatoes 46
Linda M. Hasselstrom
Love Letters 47
Nor a Borrower Be 48
Sewing Circle 50
Waiting 52
The Man Shoeing a Horse and His Little Girl 54
American Hero - For Cary 56
Luck of the Draw - For Warren Spriggs 58
Looking Back 60
Old Anne 62
Do Not Ask 63
Llamas in the Landscape 64
Coyote's Wilderness Lobby 65
What's Left of the West 66
Temptation 68
Rock-solid Women - For Lusina 70
Time Before Winter 72
Poor Man's Silver - For Sultan 74
Notes on Aging 75
for souls 76
Work for Food 78
Point of No Return 80
No Apologies 82
The Panhandle 84
The Lonely Men 85
Memories of Three or Four 86
Threshing Time 86
The Crow 88
The Lesson 89
The Murder of Crows 91
Culling the Herd 92
In the Time of the Plague 94
Reasons for Rain 95
Night Legacy 95
Grandmother's Land 96
My Grandfather's and Father's Horses 97
Storm Front 98
Riding Song 100
Poha Sapa 101
Toward Horses - for Tom Mau and Kenny Taton 102
Point 103
badlands 104
wild flowers 105
one for the sheep 106
Starlight on the Trail 107
The Homestead Act 108
Cowboys Between Ranches 110
Make Way for Daniel Boone 111
A Monkey in the High 90's 112
Uncle Tom's Sawmill 112
Escape 113
The Stepchild 114
Coyotes and Watermelons 115
Saint Frances 1951 116
The Trophy 118
John Deere Dreaming 119
The Box Dinner 120
Poem Notes 124
The Terrorist 127
Lone Star Woman 128
Driftwood Feelin' 130
Green Lantern Bar/El Paso, Texas 132
The Old Man Goes Home 133
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