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Every Cowgirl Needs a Horseby Rebecca Janni
Synopses & Reviews
Alice is the most rootinandrsquo;, tootinandrsquo; cowgirl in all of Dallas . . . Pennsylvania. Each day she puts on her favorite boots and hat and sets off on her stick pony for school with a andldquo;Yippee ki-yay!andrdquo; Alice is used to being the only cowgirl around, until Lexis from Texas arrives at school one day. Lexis seems to be a real cowgirl, with her fancy hat, jingling spurs, and lasso tricks. Alice decides thereandrsquo;s only one way to know who the best cowgirl is: a school-yard showdown at high noon! But will Alice learn thereandrsquo;s room for more than one cowgirl in town?
Bestselling author and illustrator Marilyn Sadler and Ard Hoyt team up to create a rollicking tale of friendship that will have readers dancing the Texas Two-Step and shouting andldquo;Yee-haw,andrdquo; no matter where theyandrsquo;re from.
Praise for Alice from Dallas
andquot;The comic watercolor-and-ink illustrations donandrsquo;t miss a beat in capturing the amusing rivalry that turns into friendship...The clever ending is a yee-haw moment that will rope in readers as quick as tumbling tumbleweeds.andquot;
andquot;Hoytandrsquo;s bright ink-and-watercolor illustrations gleefully capture the girlsandrsquo; enthusiasm for all things western, from their fringed cowgirl blouses to the bandannas tied jauntily around their necks. A lively story for cowgirls everywhere, with a breezy lesson about jealousy.andquot;
NAPPA Gold Award Winner
"It's her birthday and Nellie Sue is hoping for a horse. Her parents have gotten enough hints: she wears cowgirl duds from head to toe, uses words like 'moseyed,' drops her g's (as in 'Yee-haw! We've got herdin' to do!'), and has elaborate plans for converting the family home into a barn and paddock. Instead, Nellie Sue gets a bicycle: 'All eyes were on me, and I felt like I swallowed a hay bale.' Debut author Janni and Avril (Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School) clearly appreciate their heroine's fantasies, but don't always succeed in getting inside her head. Avril's pink-hued watercolor cartoons have a birthday-card geniality, giving little sense of either an internal drama or a romantic vision of life on the range. The extent to which Nellie Sue takes the bike-as-horse fantasy makes for some overly precious lines ('I walked over to her with my palm out flat so she could get a good sniff,' she says, approaching the bike), but readers should identify with her longing, as well as her powerful sense of imagination. Ages 3 — 5." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Nellie Sue does everything with a Western flair. All she really needs is a horse. So when Dad announces at her birthday party that he has a horse for her, Nellie Sue is excited. But when her horse turns out to be her first bicycle, it will take an imagination as big as Texas to save the day. Full color.
The sheriff and his deputy dog have been charged with a mission: to bring a dozen donuts home safely. All seems to be going well until the young sheriff peeks inside the box to check on the tasty treats. They’re practically calling his name, and in the blink of an eye (and with just a few nibbles), a donut disappears! Wherever could that missing donut be? Luckily, this is one mystery the sheriff and his deputy are sure to bring to a close.
Joone likes the color orange, ice-cream sandwiches, and playing outside. She lives in a yurt with her grandfather and her pet turtle, Dr. Chin, who rides around on her hat. Grandpa teaches Joone something new every day. Sometimes Joone teaches him something new, too, like how to make a daisy chain. Together they enjoy life’s small joys—sunsets, tree houses, and most of all, each other.
Emily Kate Moon’s debut picture book is a charming tribute to the outdoors and a tender portrait of a grandfather and granddaughter’s loving relationship. Fans of Ladybug Girl, Freckleface Strawberry, and even Dora the Explorer will fall in love with this independent, free-spirited little girl.
About the Author
Rebecca Janni is a freelance writer. This is her first book for children. She lives in Iowa.
Lynne Avril is an illustrator and bass player. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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