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The author of the book: Lois Lenski
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 26.74 MB
Edition: Random House Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: November 27th 2001
ISBN: 0375810757
ISBN 13: 9780375810756

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Summary: Cowboy Small takes good care of his horse, Cactus. In return, Cactus helps Cowboy Small get work done on the range. Together they round up cattle for branding and live the good life. At night, Cowboy Small eats at the chuck wagon, sings with his friends, and sleeps under the stars. I read the Spanish version of this book, entitled "Vaquerno Pequeno," which had a side-by-side Spanish and English text.

Potential Audience (reading level): Emergent/Early Reader

Genre: Bi-lingual fiction book (Spanish and English)

Topic: cowboys, life on a ranch, bilingual book

Specific curricular uses: This book would be great for a guided reading activity in Spanish class. The teacher could first model reading the book, and then guide students as they read through and learn the Spanish words. Have students match the Spanish and English terms.

Social issues the book addresses: life on a ranch, how Spanish and American culture have intertwined

Specific literary elements: The two-language text establishes this book as mulit-cultural. The author uses some diaolgue to give readers a sense of cowboys talk and some onomatopoeia to make this book special. An example of onomatopoeia is when the author is referring to the sounds a horse makes with its hoofs, "Cloppety, cloppety, clop!" Examples of dialogue include, "Giddap, Cactus!" and "Yip-pee! Ride 'em, cowboy!"

Interactions and counter actions of text and images: The pictures do a good job of helping readers visualize the text because many children may not know what a ranch looks like or what cowboys do on a ranch. Because most children have never experienced or visited a ranch first-hand, the illustrations follow the text very closely so there is no confusion for readers.

*I would like to nominate the book, "Cowboy Small/Vaquerno Pequeno" by Lois Lenski (Spanish translation by Donald Worcester) for this award because it is a simple tale about an American cowboy that has the Spanish translation of the text side by side with the English. I like the fact that the topic of the book is not about Spanish culture, yet it has a Spanish translation, because it shows how our cultures have influenced one another and can exist in harmony with each other. This book would be excellent for 1st through 4th grade readers, and any beginning Spanish readers! Because I believe this book does a good job of showing how American and Spanish cultures have intertwined, and that the Spanish language is, in fact, an important part of America, I feel that this book is deserving of the "All around the world" award.
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Many of Lenski's books can be collated into 'series' - but since they don't have to be read in order, you may be better off just looking for more information here:

Probably her most famous set is the following:
American Regional Series

Beginning with Bayou Suzette in 1943, Lois Lenski began writing a series of books which would become known as her "regional series." In the early 1940s Lenski, who suffered from periodic bouts of ill-health, was told by her doctor that she needed to spend the winter months in a warmer climate than her Connecticut home. As a result, Lenski and her husband Arthur Covey traveled south each fall. Lenski wrote in her autobiography, "On my trips south I saw the real America for the first time. I saw and learned what the word region meant as I witnessed firsthand different ways of life unlike my own. What interested me most was the way children were living" (183).
In Journey Into Childhood, Lenski wrote that she was struck by the fact that there were "plenty of books that tell how children live in Alaska, Holland, China, and Mexico, but no books at all telling about the many ways children live here in the United States"

Bayou Suzette.
Strawberry Girl.
Blue Ridge Billy.
Judy's Journey.
Boom Town Boy.
Cotton in My Sack.
Texas Tomboy.
Prairie School.
Corn-Farm Boy.
San Francisco Boy.
Flood Friday.
Houseboat Girl.
Coal Camp Girl.
Shoo-Fly Girl.
To Be a Logger.
Deer Valley Girl.

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