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Landau, Elaine.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, 1990.
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63 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Depicts how cowboys lived in the Old West, describes their methods of raising cattle, and discusses their pastimes.
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F596 .L358 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Depicts how cowboys lived in the Old West, describes their methods of raising cattle, and discusses their pastimes.

Author Notes

Elaine Landau Elaine Landau has received her Bachelor's in English and Journalism and her Master's in Library and Information Sciences. She has written over 185 books, most of them non-fiction children's books on subjects such as earth science, planets, the supernatural, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, ecology and contemporary issues.

Landau's books have won the American Association for the Advancement of Science: "Science Books and Film" Best Children's Science Booklist, as well as The New York Public Library Books for the Teenage, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Award and VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. From the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s, cowboys played an important role in the development of the cattle industry of the American West. Landau's presentation emphasizes the life-style and work of these cowhands. The author describes the long hours of strenuous and lonely work they performed, especially during roundups and trail drives. She defines many specialized terms (lariats, chuck wagons, bunkhouse, rustlers, brands) and explains the reasons for the decline of cowboys (homesteading, harsh winters, and barbed wire). Although it does not have the depth of Freedman's Cowboys of the Wild West [BKL D 15 85], Landau's book is illustrated in full color with a mix of period paintings and photographs of modern cowboys. Appended with a glossary, bibliography, and index, this will make a fine introduction to the topic. ~--Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-- Flashily illustrated in full color, with old and new photographs as well as paintings of varying quality, Landau covers the period between the 1860s and the end of the ``golden age'' of cowboys, the late 1880s. There is good brief coverage of bunkhouses and how cowboys got nicknames. The rest is standard information, not necessarily closely related to the six books listed in the ``For Further Reading'' section. In a few places the writing is oversimplified, misleading, or poorly written. Better books are Russell Freedman's Cowboys of the Wild West (Clarion, 1985) or Leonard J. Matthews's Cowboys (Rourke, 1989)--and don't forget Smoky, The Cowhorse , by Will James (Scribners, 1983). --George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.