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A cowboy Christmas : the Miracle at Lone Pine Ridge
Wood, Audrey.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
When Cully the cowboy, a friend and a father figure to Evan, fails to show up at the ranch on an icy Christmas Eve, Evan goes out into the night to find and rescue him.
Reading Level:
AD 520 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 54238.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 26643 Guided reading level: M.
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The cowboy isn't well. He should have spent the night in town, when he stopped to buy the burnished silver bridle -- a gift for the boy waiting for him at the ranch below Lone Pine Ridge. But he didn't, and now he's too far out on the range to turn back. As his horse finds her way across the frozen landscape, he slips in and out of a feverish sleep -- and ultimately falls from his saddle into the snow. It will take a miracle for him to make it home safe and sound. Sometimes a miracleneeds a helping hand. The one thing Evan knows is that every year since his pa died, Cully has arrived at the ranch below Lone Pine Ridge by Christmas Eve. But this year, something's not right. It's late in the evening, and still no Cully. Evan's mother tries to assure him that the cowboy's all right -- that he will show up tomorrow, or the next day. But the boy refuses to stop looking out for his friend.Come let best-selling author Audrey Wood and acclaimed illustrator Robert Florczak transport you to the spectacular, yet harsh, landscape of the pioneer West, where a cowboy's shimmering act of generosity and a boy's tenacious faith will make possible the miracle at Lone Pine Ridge.

Author Notes

Audrey Wood was born on August 12, 1948. She is a children's book author and illustrator. Her books include Blue Sky, Silly Sally, Weird Parents, The Red Racer, and Tugford Wanted To Be Bad. She also collaborates with her husband Don Wood on picture books. These include Moonflute, The Napping House, Tickle-Octopus, Bright and Early Thursday Evening, and The Full Moon at the Napping House.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-9. The story is too long, but the Western setting, both in words and pictures, is quietly dramatic. Young Evan knows that something is wrong when cowboy Cully doesn't arrive as usual at the small ranch on Christmas Eve. As Evan waits with his widowed mother, he remembers all the stories Cully has told over the years when he came to help out on the ranch during the winter months. Then Evan sees a silvery light, remembers the star in Bethlehem, and persuades his mother that they must search for their friend. They find Cully and rescue him, and the miracle continues when Evan's mother and Cully marry. There's an old-fashioned feel to the large-size oil paint illustrations, which contrast the warm, glowing indoor scenes with the cold blues and grays of the stark southwest plains. One unforgettable image shows the exhausted cowboy slumped and alone on his horse under the night sky. --Hazel RochmanReference Books BulletinReviews

Publisher's Weekly Review

When Evan, a fatherless boy, senses danger one Christmas Eve, his prayers help save his favorite cowboy, Cully, from a chilly death. They also set in motion a chain of happy events for Evan and his ma. The somewhat overwrought tale is nonetheless fluidly told, and Florczak's (previously teamed with Wood for The Rainbow Bridge) realistic oil paintings, aglow with light and shadow, make ample use of the Western setting. Scenes of cowboys camped around a fire inject a dose of humor, while stunning paintings of Cully's riderless horse on a snowy cliff and Evan's mother strolling with Cully under leafy birch trees convey the dramatic events. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Reading like a script for a 1950s-era TV Western, this attractive book contains some unfortunate flaws. Every year since Evan's pa died, Cully, who was the man's best friend, has come to spend the winter helping the boy and his mother work their ranch. This year, stopping for Evan's Christmas present, a "burnished silver bridle," has made him late, and illness causes the cowboy to fall from his horse. Evan concludes that Cully is in danger, convinces his mother to ride out with him in the snowy night, and finds him on Lone Pine Ridge. After a long recuperation, Cully makes plans to go but Evan asks him to stay, marry his mother, and become his father. All ends happily with the new family celebrating a cowboy Christmas under the stars. Cully's trail tales and Florczak's evocative, romanticized oil paintings are the high points in this predictably plotted story. However, depicting a regular leather bridle instead of a "burnished silver" one and several clich?d statements like, "He may not make it, son," are disappointing.-L. F. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.