Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Rating: 4 stars

How could I not love a book with Cowgirl Kate in it?!

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa are best friends.  In this I Can Read chapter series of six books (so far), the two friends have always cute, sometimes funny lesson-filled adventures.  It won a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book in 2006--an honor that has also been awarded to books written by wonderful authors such as Mo Willems, Eric Litwin, and Tedd Arnold.

The chapters are loosely connected and longish...this series is better for an intermediate reader or an advanced reader that is about reading to jump into the Magic Treehouse and Cam Jansen series.

Let me give you a few more details about one of the books in the series; I'll take Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Rain or Shine.  In the first chapter, despite a looming thundercloud and gutsy winds, Kate and Cocoa need to get to work counting bales and checking fences.  When thunder cracks and they race back to the barn, Cocoa pretends to have been just racing the wind for fun, not for fear.

In the second chapter, they've got to go work, rain or shine.  Cocoa isn't excited so he fakes a cold, until realizing that the "cows need us!"  And they have to walk through some fields that have some tasty timothy grass.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa are realistic characters (except for that whole horses-can-talk thing) who are hard workers, fun havers, look-at-the-bright-side types.  What's not to love?

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