Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

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Overview

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Denette Fretz, Gene Barretta

“I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don't know the rules.

I don’t know the rules.”

It’s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint’s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder—and more painful—than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad’s shortcomings. In this follow-up to their debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310723493
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: The Next Door Series
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Denette Fretz is the critically acclaimed author of two books in “The Next Door Series”––Pirates on the Farm and Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door. A perpetual doodler and songster, Fretz teaches elementary art and music in Medford, Oregon.

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Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Like many little boys Conrad wants to be a cowboy. In order to fulfill his dream he decides to take a trip to his Uncle Clint's farm. He knows it is going to be difficult so he packs up his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid kit and heads out.  What Conrad quickly learns is that being a cowboy is hard, not only are there many physical dangers but there are relational dangers as well. Learning to be kind and to love your neighbor may be the hardest lesson of all. We absolutely loved Denette and Gene's first book Pirates on the Farm and are pleased to say that this second book is every bit as good. Through the use of humor the author explores what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. This is often a tough concept for little ones that aren't so keen on sharing.  The illustrations are funny and sure to bring a smile to you and your little one's faces. But the truth that resonates throughout Conrad's adventure is one that will benefit you and your child for the rest of your lives. I recommend you get this adorable book for all the little wanna-be-cowboys in your life. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Denette Fretz and illustrated by Gene Barretta is part of The Next Door Series. You can find book one, The Pirates on the Farm here. I haven't read the first book but this was a really cute story and it kept my 4 year olds attention attention while we were reading. The graphics are a full page spread and have lots of bright colors. The story was a cute one about Imogene and Conrad. Conrad find some interesting ways to get in trouble on the ranch and of course Imogene is there to 'help him out' with the rules. All in good neighborly ways of course. No, really Imogene is pretty dark annoying and quite honestly mean. At least Conrad has his first aid kid so he's safe from most of his mess ups. The story is suppose to teach children the concept of Love Your Neighbor and I guess I can see that. I don't know if I would have picked that out as the theme without that warning, it's a theme more subtly done through the story and the ending. Overall it was a cute story and I enjoyed the Poetical vocabulary at the end of the book. Doing those poems may have been the part our family enjoyed the most while reading. I'm giving Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door 4 Stars and a recommendation to check it out if you think it might be something your family would enjoy. I received a copy of this book from the booklook blogger program, but all my opinions are my own.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
“I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don't know the rules. I don’t know the rules.” It’s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint’s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder—and more painful—than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad’s shortcomings. In this follow-up to their debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.
homeschoolmom24 More than 1 year ago
About the Book: I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don't know the rules. I don t know the rules. It s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder and more painful than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn including don t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad s shortcomings. In this follow-up to their debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor." About the Author: Denette Fretz is a first grade teacher whose passion is crafting inventive, engaging stories that encourage life-application of biblical principles. Fretz resides in Oregon with her husband, two teenage children, a sassy cat, and a spastic Jack-A-Bee. My Review: Love your Enemies, is something Jesus tried to teach us to do well. But even after all these years we still have trouble getting it right. Even our children and those in later generations will always have this same problem. This is the most precious book to drive home that point to our children. Geared towards the 4-8 age group, Conrad is a little boy that would like to learn how to be a cowboy but he always has the young next door neighbor, Imogene bugging him about it. Whether it's Imogene assisting him on how to ride a horse or on how to be a cowboy, this little girl doesn't realize how hurtful her words can be. As soon as Imogene falls from grace as she gets off her high horse. Conrad quickly comes to her aid, like any friend should do, even though Imogene treated him poorly. His Uncle Clint advises him that he has learned the most important rule about being a cowboy and it is Forgive Your Enemies, it messes up their heads. Full of life lessons and pure heart, this children's book is helpful in other ways as well. There is a poetic vocabulary section as well as a page in the back of the book that the author chooses to share something from her own personal experience related to the story. It is really hard as a child to be taught how to respond to unkind words and actions from others. But in Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door, Conrad is able to show Imogene as well as all the children that hear his story a thing or two about loving our enemies even when it hurts. If you would like to learn more about this book, you can do so at this link. **Disclosure** This book was sent to me for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad and Zondervan.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Read in September, 2014 When I read this book with my 8 year old, I knew from experience what was coming; Conrad had better out smart that girl next door. He began giggling looking at the front picture of Conrad being dragged by a pig. What a great way to draw children in, and the bright colors were a great add. A delightful story, and my boy loved it, and he was laughing at some of the antics to become a cowboy. He enjoyed that Conrad had that Mega Ultimate Extreme everything. He was hysterical at adding a little bit of hot sauce, or should we say mega amount! There are some great lessons here, and the main one being forgive your enemies. What a great directive for everyone. He had a great time with the poems at the end, and wanted to go back over the story and the delightful illustrations. What a great book to add to your children’s collection! I received this book from the Publisher Zonderkidz and was not required to give a positive review.