Author: John R. Erickson
Title: Cowboy Tales
Publishing information: Mavrick Books, September 1994, Ages 9-12
Number of Pages: 92
Genre: Comtemporary Realistic Fiction
Summary of Plot: This book tells stories from the point of view of a Ranch hand, Ranch hand’s wife, a bronco, the ranch dog, and cow-horse. Life on a ranch can be difficult, but through the voice of a different unique character, if can be quite interesting.
Your Reaction to the book: My Husband recommended this book. This was the book he read repeatedly as a child. I like how this told many stories with different voices for each tale. The tales also have good morals at the end.
Potential Problems: tobacco, smoking, cursing are mentioned but are only small parts of the stories. In one of the stories, the Ranch hands talk to the Devil. This could present a problem for some people.
Recommendations: Boys who love cowboys! This book tells you everything you need to know about being a cowboy, such as how to learn from your mistakes, and deal with cow, or hard situations, with a level head.