Let's play a word association game. I'll say "cowboy" and I invite you to grab the first three words that come to your mind. Maybe you thought "Toy Story". Perhaps your mind brought up images of horses, or 10-Gallon hats. For those of us (like me) old enough, we might think of 1970's cowboy TV dramas like "Gunsmoke" or "Bonanza".
This book is all those things--and none of those things.
"Real Cowboys" combines Boston Globe-Horn Book award winning illustrator Jonathan Bean's beautifully layered illustrations with Kate Hoefler's clear, poetic descriptions of cowboy life behind the TV images and movie magic. The cowboys in this book work hard, feel deeply and face inevitable challenges with determination.
This book offers us a quiet peek behind the popular myths of cowboys, adding texture to our understanding of cowboy life, including pointing out that cowboys are as complex and diverse as the rest of us--men and women, boys and girls.
You don't have to be a cowboy enthusiast to be touched by this lovely and moving peek into a way of life that is seldom seriously explored by adults or children. Enjoy!