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Charro : the Mexican cowboy
Ancona, George.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Text and photographs present the traditions and the annual celebration of the charro, the Mexican cowboy.
Reading Level:
AD 960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.8 2 Quiz: 17545.

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F1210 .A747 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Charro is the Mexican term for horseman, but for a Mexican a charro is much more than a cowboy. A skilled rider of horses and bulls and bucking broncos, an artist with a lariat, and a model of gentlemanly dress and behavior, the charro is also a living symbol of Mexico's patriotic past. In the rodeo-like sport called la charrería, male charros and female charras, children and adults, show off their skill and daring. But more than that they are showing off their pride in their country--because to be a charro is to be a Mexican.

Author Notes

George Ancona was born December 4, 1929 in Brooklyn , NY. When he finished high school, he went to Mexico for six months to meet his family. He returned to New York and went to work as a graphic designer.

Ancona began taking pictures of his children, and decided that photography would be his hobby. After ten years he quit his job and become a professional photographer. From these photos, he began to make children's books using the words of other writers. After several books, his editor asked him to try his own hand at writing

Since then, Ancona has produced more than eighty books for children. Ancona's awards include a Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year Citation for Handtalk Birthday, a Parent's Choice Award for The Piñata Maker, and an Outstanding Science Trade Book Citation for The Golden Tamarind Comes Home.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. The life of the Mexican horseman is explored in this handsome photo-essay. Ancona focuses mostly on the celebration known as el dia del charro, taking the reader through the festivities of a day that begins with a church service, then moves to a huge arena for la charreada, a rodeo-like competition in which the cowboys, or charros, display their skills; women in bright, fancy dresses parade on horseback; and a mariachi band performs. The charreada, in which youngsters show off their talents, comes later. Spanish words are smoothly integrated into detailed descriptions of the events, and Ancona's stunning color photographs capture the goings-on--from cowboys wrestling the bulls to the intricacies of the participants' exquisite garments. Beautiful and informative, this book will satisfy any reader interested in the ways of today's cowboys. A glossary is appended. --Helen Rosenberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4Ancona returns with another outstanding photo-essay. This time he visits Guadalajara, Mexico on el da del charro, a day devoted to celebrating horsemanship. He gives brief historical background on la charrera, now a national sport akin to the North American rodeo, and considers the riding and roping skills needed. The author describes the events that comprise the competition and discusses the training necessary to become a charro or a charra. He concludes with mention of the days parade and returns to the arena to take a look at the childrens charreada events. Anconas pictures just keep getting better and better, moving readers forward with motion, color, and excitement. A dont miss from a master.Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.