Rodeo Day

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9780027894059: Rodeo Day

After years of traveling around the state watching the bigger kids compete, Lacey experiences the thrill of riding in her first rodeo.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Young Lacey begins her cowgirl career by riding in her first rodeo. Her older sister coaches her through pre-contest anxiety, her best friend gives her a special shirt to wear, and veteran cowhorse Sweet Gussie carries her through the competition. Watercolor, pastel, and colored-pencil artwork portrays the action, with description and dialogue forming the simple narrative. The artist captures human characters nicely, but he's less successful with equines and errs in some saddlery details. The event in which Lacey competes, "Goat-Tail Tying," is also a bit offbeat. Toriseva cites the Little Britches Rodeo Association in the text, but the association's 1993-94 rule book lists only Goat Tying as an official event for Junior Girls (aged 8 through 13). No matter-if your readers want more stories like Meredith McGregor's Cowgirl (Walker, 1992), Toriseva's will rattle their spurs!-Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Public Library, NM
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 6-8. Young girls will be drawn to this story of Lacey's big day competing in her first rodeo. Toriseva, who was raised on a ranch with two sisters who became rodeo champions, gets not only the details right, but also the conflicting feelings Lacey experiences as she prepares her horse, Sweet Gussie, for the day's events. While braiding Gussie's tail and brushing her honey-brown coat, Lacey is bombarded with a rush of emotions, ranging from nervous excitement to terror. The highly detailed, realistic illustrations are colorful and lively, though at times they're anatomically questionable. This is especially evident in one double-page spread of a galloping horse whose hoof is bent in a very awkward manner. The text may be too long to keep some younger children involved, but for the most part, the story moves quickly, and the popularity of the subject matter shouldn't be underestimated. Lauren Peterson

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