Why Cowgirls Are Such Sweet Talkers

Why Cowgirls Are Such Sweet Talkers

by James Rice, Laurie Knowlton
     
 

In a place where women are "scarcer than whiskers on a rattler," Cowgirl Gabby knows how to ride a horse and how to keep the menfolk in line. With her partner Slim Jim Watkins, Gabby proves to the cowhands, the greenhorns, and the cowboys that they should never underestimate the power of sweet-talking.

When the horse Tornado throws off his rider, Gabby tells the

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In a place where women are "scarcer than whiskers on a rattler," Cowgirl Gabby knows how to ride a horse and how to keep the menfolk in line. With her partner Slim Jim Watkins, Gabby proves to the cowhands, the greenhorns, and the cowboys that they should never underestimate the power of sweet-talking.

When the horse Tornado throws off his rider, Gabby tells the cowhand to ride Tornado without spurs. No one likes getting poked. When a drugstore cowboy gets picked on simply for being new, Gabby takes command and her sweet-talking transforms the greenhorn into a proud cowboy. The fourth in Pelican's Slim Jim Watkins series, this beautifully illustrated, delightful book shows readers that kindness yields better results than yelling or "poking fun."

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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

ISBN-13:
9781565546981
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Why Cowboys Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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