Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo

Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo


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Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo by Nancy Bo Flood, Jan Sonnemair

It's morning at the rodeo. Riders are standing by. Horses are in the chutes. "Cowboy up!" the announcer calls. Then the excitement begins in this riveting collection, narrative poems give voice to the individual competitors, lively prose explains rodeo events, and evocative photographs show off the riders and ropers, the horses, bulls, and broncs. It all adds up to an unforgettable close-up view of Navajo rodeo over the course of one action-packed day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590788936
Publisher: Highlights Press
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nancy Bo Flood has worked as a counselor and teacher and has lived in Malawi, Hawaii, Japan, and Saipan, the setting for her young adult novel Warriors in the Crossfire, named a Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction Title and a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year. She and her husband now live on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Arizona, where she has experienced, first-hand, the importance of rodeo and the traditions and culture it carries. Her website is

Jan Sonnenmair is a commercial photographer and photojournalist based in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in lifestyle photography, and her work for periodicals such as Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated, and for advertising and design agencies, has taken her all over the world. Cowboy Up! is her first book for children. Her website is

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Cowboy Up: Ride the Navajo Rodeo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
carolfishersaller More than 1 year ago
This is a great book on so many levels. First, it includes a thorough nonfiction treatment of the rodeo with details that both kids and adults will find fascinating, taking us through the traditional events like barrel racing, calf roping, bareback and bronc riding, and steer wrestling. But in addition, the author weaves in poems in the voices of child rodeo participants, showing us their excitement, frustration, fear, dedication, and triumph as they learn to rope and ride. I didn't even know that such young children participated in rodeo events. COWBOY UP! is a good book for reading aloud to very young children: depending on their age you can focus on the more simple poem-statements and/or read the extended explanations. The photos are amazing. The text and photos combined leave you wanting to attend a rodeo yourself.