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Why Cowboys Need a Brand

Why Cowboys Need a Brand

by James Rice (Illustrator), Laurie Knowlton

Will Slim Jim Watkins get a brand or a ranch of his own? Maybe he will, because, after all, he does have a great "can-do" attitude.


Will Slim Jim Watkins get a brand or a ranch of his own? Maybe he will, because, after all, he does have a great "can-do" attitude.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
A Western take on The Little Engine That Could, this book introduces Slim Jim Watkins, one determined cowboy. When other slouches on the ranch refuse to take on new challenges, like breaking an impossible wild horse or saving a runaway chuck wagon, you can always count on Slim Jim to do the honors. James Rice (of Cajun Night Before Christmas fame) has illustrated the bold deeds with his usual humor. Slim Jim eventually finds his brand, but the question of "why" he needs it is never addressed.

Product Details

Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
Why Cowboys Series
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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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!

LAURIE LAZZARO KNOWLTON has authored more than 35 books. Her best-selling children's book Why Cowboys Sleep with Their Boots On won the Premier Print Award from Eastman Kodak. Art from another one of her picture books, Red, White, and Blue, has been displayed by the Robert L. and Posy Huebner Collection and was highlighted on Martha Stewart's radio station. An international speaker, Knowlton loves kicking back on her ranch, Roots 'n Wings.

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