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The Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea
     

The Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea

by Tony Johnston
 

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This hilarious retelling of The Princess and the Pea with a Wild West twist is perfect for a read-aloud!

Farethee Well is a woman of strong mind and bodacious beauty, but when suitors come to ask for her hand in marriage, can she tell a real cowboy from a fake?
 

“This excellent retelling of Andersen’s The Princess

Overview

This hilarious retelling of The Princess and the Pea with a Wild West twist is perfect for a read-aloud!

Farethee Well is a woman of strong mind and bodacious beauty, but when suitors come to ask for her hand in marriage, can she tell a real cowboy from a fake?
 

“This excellent retelling of Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea . . . is by far the most original to come along in the past few years.”—School Library Journal
 
“Johnston’s clever parody is rich with the language and details of the Wild West. Ludwig’s colorful illustrations heighten the story’s exaggerated humor . . . A great choice for a read-aloud.”—Booklist

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Praise for The Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea

“This excellent retelling of Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea . . . is by far the most original to come along in the past few years.”—School Library Journal
 
“Johnston’s clever parody is rich with the language and details of the Wild West. Ludwig’s colorful illustrations heighten the story’s exaggerated humor . . . A great choice for a read-aloud.”—Booklist
 
“A humorous twist on a well-known tale.”—Horn Book

"This tale is a hilarious version of The Princess and the Pea. Be sure your children know the original first so they can appreciate this one. Ludwig's cowboys are a hoot."—Children's Literature

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This vivacious picture book gives an engaging Western slant to the familiar tale of ``The Princess and the Pea.'' When Farethee Well, ``a young woman of bodacious beauty,'' inherits her father's considerable estate, a parade of men seek the comely lass's hand in marriage. But the savvy Texan has a foolproof method for screening her suitors--she places a black-eyed pea beneath each man's saddle blanket, knowing that a true cowboy, sensing such an irritant, will ``bruise like the petals of a desert rose.'' Colorful lingo associated with the Lone Star state peppers Johnston's clever retelling. Ludwig's pencil and watercolor illustrations are serviceable but undistinguished. His human faces exhibit a range of appropriate emotions, but the renderings of horse and cattle seem overly cute, and commercial, and the palette is occasionally muddy. The quirky change of setting and the strong female protagonist, however, prove entertaining. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Farethee Well is not about to be bamboozled by cowboys who are after her money. No siree. She will marry, but he's got to pass a test to prove he's a real cowboy and not a fake. This bodacious lady puts a pea under his saddle and if he can feel it, he's for real. This tale is a hilarious version of "The Princess and the Pea." Be sure your children know the original first so they can appreciate this one. Ludwig's cowboys are a hoot.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- This excellent retelling of Andersen's ``The Princess and the Pea'' has several unique elements. There is a reversal of sex roles, and the setting is the old West in Texas. Upon her father's death, Farethee Well inherits his herd of cattle, his horses, and his land. Before he dies, he tells her that many men will propose marriage because of her wealth; however, she should look for one who will love her for herself and also for a real cowboy. The young woman remembers her father saying that real cowboys are sensitive, so she places a black-eyed pea under the suitor's saddle blankets and asks him to ride around her ranch. Several are declared fake cowboys. During a rainstorm, a young man appears who is obviously disturbed by the pea, and Farethee Well marries him. Ludwig's illustrations are realistic but humorous, and the story is well suited for reading or telling aloud. While Galdone's The Princess and the Pea (Seabury, 1978) is one of the best versions published, Johnston's is by far the most original to come along in the past few years. --Andrew W. Hunter, Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg, Charlotte, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698113565
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,252,939
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Tony Johnston grew up in San Marino California. After graduating from Stanford University, where she earned a B.A. degree in History and an M.A. in Education, she stayed in California to teach elementary school. In her "spare time," Johnston has worked at a children's book store, taught a course on picture book writing at UCLA, and studied poetry writing for children with Myra Cohn Livingston. Although she has published nearly seventy-five books, Johnston never stops working. She is grateful for the many ideas that come to her, for the chance to work toward what has become her life goal—to be a good storyteller.

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