Why Cowgirls Are Such Sweet Talkers

Why Cowgirls Are Such Sweet Talkers

by James Rice, Laurie Knowlton

Gabby shows Slim Watkins and the other cowpokes that kindness through �sweet talk� gets better results than yelling or poking fun.  See more details below


Gabby shows Slim Watkins and the other cowpokes that kindness through �sweet talk� gets better results than yelling or poking fun.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-"Honey draws more flies than vinegar" is certainly an adage that is used frequently with children when encouraging appropriate behavior, but that message is relayed in a dull, predictable, and uninspiring manner in this fourth book in the series. When not practicing her trick riding skills, Cowgirl Gabby and her sidekick, Slim Jim Watkins, ride around the old West reprimanding cowboys for the way they treat their mules, horses, or new cowhands. She tells them that all they have to do is a little "sweet talking" and wonders can be achieved. She whispers sweet nothings into an ear and, lo and behold, a stubborn mule moves right along, and a greenhorn can do fancy rope tricks. Slim Jim, himself, even turns into a sweet talker with Gabby. Some cowboy-related figures of speech dot the text ("-in those parts women were scarcer than whiskers on a rattler"), but the story itself is heavy-handed. Muddy colors dominate the artwork done in oil pastels, watercolors, and pen and ink. The characters are depicted with exaggerated facial features, bug-eyed and opened mouthed, and disproportionate bodies, giving them a goofy appearance.-Patti Gonzales, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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

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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