Why Cowboys Need A Pardner


Slim Jim Watkins is one wise cowboy. He knows why cowboys sleep with their boots on and why cowboys need a brand. Until now, though, he has never even wondered why cowboys need a pardner.

Slim Jim is about to find out.

All alone working on his ranch, he passes the time by telling stories to his horse, Bonecrusher. Of course, Bonecrusher cannot talk back. However, Slim Jim is ...

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Slim Jim Watkins is one wise cowboy. He knows why cowboys sleep with their boots on and why cowboys need a brand. Until now, though, he has never even wondered why cowboys need a pardner.

Slim Jim is about to find out.

All alone working on his ranch, he passes the time by telling stories to his horse, Bonecrusher. Of course, Bonecrusher cannot talk back. However, Slim Jim is so hungry for conversation that he starts to hear the cattle talk!

Whoa! He reckons he better round himself up a pardner before he goes completely "loco."

Why Cowboys Need a Pardner is another book in the series about cowboy Slim Jim Watkins. Author Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton and illustrator James Rice also collaborated on Why Cowboys Sleep with Their Boots On and Why Cowboys Need a Brand, both published by Pelican.

Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton is an Ohio native who lived in Houston for seven years. Laurie has since moved back to an Ohio farm with her husband. She is also the author of Pelican's Nana's Rice Pie.

James Rice is widely acclaimed as one of the leading creators of American juvenile fiction. This grandfather of seven has written and/or illustrated nearly fifty books, including the Pelican classic Cajun Night Before Christmas. His works now total more than one million copies in print.

Alone on the range, cowboy Slim Jim Watkins meets a Pony Express rider returning a mail order bride and finds himself a pardner with whom he can share conversation.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jackie Hechtkopf
Slim Jim Watkins of Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On and Why Cowboys Need a Brand is lonesome. His sole companion is his horse, Bonecrusher, who only answers with a snort. When they go to town to find a wrangler for Slim Jim's ranch, they meet an old-timer, who refuses to talk. Slim Jim continues to feel lonesome until he runs across a Pony Express rider who is returning a mail order bride. The watercolor illustrations show the young lady, standing behind the rider and swinging a lasso. Slim Jim is enchanted, but the Pony Express rider insists that the bride must be returned to sender according to postal regulations. Slim Jim muses sadly on this information until he thinks to ask the gal who her sender was. When she admits she sent herself, Slim Jim ends up with a lady "pardner" named Gabby, who talks in circles. They ride off on Bonecrusher, while pairs of little animals wave. This silly western is not exaggerated enough to be used in the classroom as a tall tale. And a female who is treated like a package may not tickle every teacher's funny bone.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2--Pardner has a logic that is barely tolerable. Out on the range, Slim Jim Watkins is lonesome with only his horse, Bonecrusher, and the cattle to talk to, so he gives the herd a break and goes hunting for a "pardner." First, he is stymied by the absence of human companionship in an apparent ghost town and, further down the road, by a distinctly unfriendly old-timer whose conversation stoppers are "Yep" and "Nope." The Pony Express saves the day, sort of, as the young rider blazes by Slim carrying a unique return-to-sender package: a mail-order bride whose potential husband kicked the bucket before delivery. Gabby is feisty but not, apparently, choosy, so she latches onto Slim and they ride off into the sunset on one happy horse. Rice's loosely drawn pencil, chalk, and watercolor paintings are rustic enough (save the cutesy fauna) but no visual magic can save this patronizing plot. Skip this Wild West drivel.--John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565543362
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Why Cowboys Series
  • Edition number: 200
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,463,436
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 11.58 (h) x 0.22 (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.

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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