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.

Talking to his horse becomes mighty dull and one-sided after awhile, and when Slim Jim hears the cattle talk

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Overview

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.

Talking to his horse becomes mighty dull and one-sided after awhile, and when Slim Jim hears the cattle talk, he reckons it's time to round himself up a pardner before he goes completely "loco." The only problem is, his ranch is in the middle of nowhere! How is he going to find somebody to keep him company and to help him on his ranch? Well, Slim Jim is one persistent cowboy. With his can-do attitude, he is determined to lasso a pardner, no matter where he-or she-might be.

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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:
09/28/1998
Series:
Why Cowboys Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 11.58(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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