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|What if you met a cowboy?|
Author: Adkins, Jan
Explore the dirty, dusty, dangerous world of cowboys with your guide, Jake Peavey.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 6.30
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 162970
Common Core Standards
Grade 7 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 7.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 6 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 6.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 6 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 6.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 6 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 6.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 5 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 5.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 5 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 5.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/14)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2014 Adkins (What If You Met a Pirate?, 2004) strips away the romance of the Wild West to present a warts-and-all profile of the classic cowboy. Through profiles, labeled diagrams, and fact sidebars, Adkins debunks the myth of the sharp-shooting hero of the American West and introduces readers to a more authentic figure. Cowboys were “smelly drifters in a dead-end job” who valued their saddles over their horses. And cowgirls were nonexistent, just part of the exaggerated fantasy fed to an audience back East as keen for adventure as they were for beef. Readers will meet Buffalo Bill, the Franciscan padres who taught Native Americans to ride horses, and the most influential man on a cattle drive: the beanwalloper in his chuck wagon. Adkins’ tone is conversational and sometimes irreverent. His discussion of the range wars between the independent ranchers and the powerful cattle associations that carved up the plains for their own financial gain has a ring of modern big-business tension. The earthy, realistic illustrations break up the text, providing color and a whole lot of close-up detail. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.