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What We’re Reading: Cowboy Up!

Post by Autumn Winters
Posted January 14, 2014 in Kids & Book News, NoveList Bookshelf, NoveList K-8 Plus

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Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo

by Nancy Bo Flood

What is it about?
Photos, poems and brief explanatory text take readers to a Navajo rodeo. 
 
Why I like it: 
Gorgeous photography (both action shots and portraits) will attract kids who may not be otherwise interested in rodeo or Southwestern culture. The day-in-the-life structure allows readers to examine the event from multiple perspectives. I love that the book is bisected by a lunchtime poem about visiting the midway and enjoying some fry bread and sno-cones. 
 
Interesting tidbit:
Author Nancy Bo Flood lives on reservation in the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Arizona. Endpapers featuring portraits of proud, smiling rodeo kids make the book irresistible to anyone who opens it. 
 
"I'd give this book to…"
Kids who are excited about annual events in their own community, like the State Fair or a block party. Young athletes. Horse lovers. 
 
Memorable quote:
From the point of view of a 'mutton-buster,' a kid starting their rodeo career riding sheep. 
"Sit on top --
sheep's kicking mad -- 
fingers curled tight, 
one hand held high. 
Ready . . . set. . .
Ya-a-a-hooo! "

Contributed by Autumn Winters, who worked with teens and adults in public libraries for a dozen years. She is currently a Juvenile Content Specialist at NoveList.