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Cattle Kids: A Year on the Western Range
Contributor(s): Cat Urbigkit
ISBN: 1590785088     ISBN-13: 9781590785089
Publisher: Boyds Mills Pr
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: September 2007
Annotation: Vivid photos capture and informative text presents a year of ranching on the western range for cowboys and cowgirls alike, from branding and calving to spreading out the hay and rounding up the herds.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Ranching; Juvenile literature.
Ranchers; Juvenile literature.
Ranch life; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Lifestyles
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Farm Animals
Dewey: 636.2/01
LCCN: 2006037937
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (0.82 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 115515
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Cat Urbigkit is a reporter and rancher and lives in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 September)

Gr 1–4— This glossy pictorial essay attempts to show how children fit into life on a modern cattle ranch. Unfortunately, the book has little substance and readers are often left wondering who these "Cattle Kids" are and exactly what they do. Urbigkit describes the various tasks that take place during a typical year, such as birthing, branding, and grazing. Descriptions of these tasks are limited, however, and sentences are often vague and even trite. "The work can be hard, but it's never boring and usually it's a lot of fun." Even more frustrating is the fact that some of the photos are used several times. Cattle Kids has no page numbers, no index, and no glossary to define difficult words such as "castration" or "lariat." Its only use is as a cursory introduction to Western ranching. For a much more interesting and informative account of work with cattle from a child's perspective, suggest Judy Wolfman's Life on a Cattle Farm (Carolrhoda, 2001) instead.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

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