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Cowboys of the frontier
Sundling, Charles W.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Abdo Pub. Co., 2000.
Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; c 26 cm.
A brief introduction to the day-to-day life of cowboys in the American West.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.9 0.5 4881.
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Material Type
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F596 .S926 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
F596 .S926 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

On Order



In this series readers are guided through the lives of the people that pushed westward and expanded a new nation from sea to shining sea.
-- Easy-to-read maps trace the routes of explorers
-- Fact-filled text brings the day-to-day struggles of pioneers to life
-- Supports American history, geography, and Native American history curriculum

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. Titles in the Frontier Land series offer basic information about American history topics suitable for students who may have trouble with standard history texts. Native Americans provides a generic introduction to nineteenth-century Plains Indian life; Cowboys describes the daily life of hardworking cattle drivers, especially during the second half of the nineteenth century. Short chapters, relatively large print, and frequent use of simple declarative sentences help to make these titles accessible for less capable readers. In addition, frequent illustrations--many of them full-color photographs of costumed reenactors--add to the appeal and lend a sense of immediacy to the topics. There is some overlap of information and illustration within the series, but since most report writers will probably read only a single volume or part of one, this probably won't matter. Each book includes a list of Internet sites and a glossary. A welcome series for classes studying the American frontier. Volumes on explorers, mountain men, pioneers, and women are listed in the series roundup in this issue. --Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Good starting points for children who are studying life in the early West. Sundling explains that cowboys came from many different backgrounds, and describes cattle drives and tools and accessories of the trade. Illustrations include full-color and black-and-white photos and reproductions as well as two maps. Pair this title with Andrew Santella's The Chisholm Trail (Children's, 1997) for a combined social and historical perspective of the life of the cowboy. In Women, the author discusses the reasons for moving West, and the harsh lives women experienced during the trek as well as in their new land. Recreational activities such as reading, dancing, and social events are described. Courtship customs, including dating and marriage, are compared to today's practices. The information is similar to that in Judith Alter's Women of the Old West (Watts, 1989), but Sundling provides a helpful map of the movement west. The black-and-white reproductions add a true sense of history to the writing; unfortunately, the full-color photos of reenactments are not always identified as such, which may mislead children. -Elizabeth Maggio, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.