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Why Cowboys Need A Pardner

Why Cowboys Need A Pardner

by James Rice, Laurie Knowlton
     
 

In the third book of this popular series, Slim Jim Watkins discovers that running a ranch of his own can be downright lonely. Sure, he passes the time by telling stories to his horse, Bonecrusher, but that is just not the same as having a pardner of his own.

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In the third book of this popular series, Slim Jim Watkins discovers that running a ranch of his own can be downright lonely. Sure, he passes the time by telling stories to his horse, Bonecrusher, but that is just not the same as having a pardner of his own.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565543362
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Why Cowboys Series
Pages:
32
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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