Glen Rounds Once We Had a Horse

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Once We Had a Horse

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When an old gentle cow horse is turned into the house yard to keep the grass down, a young boy and his sister decide they will learn to ride him and find problem after problem as they learn how to mount and ride without falling. Simultaneous.

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South Dakota author Glen Rounds was born on April 4, 1906 in a sod house in the Dakota Badlands. The rugged beauty of his birthplace and childhood would shape his art throughout his life.

He grew up on a ranch in Montana, studied art at the Art Institute in Kansas City, spent one summer traveling with fellow student Jackson Pollock, and another summer traveling with his teacher, Thomas Hart Benton.

His first book, Ol’ Paul, the Mighty Logger, was published in 1936. His Whitey series, about a young cowboy and his cousin, was published from 1941 to 1963. His view of the Old West and his ability to tell tall tales through his writing and illustration are universally admired.

Mr. Rounds received more than 25 literary awards for his writing and illustrating including the Parents’ Choice Award, six Lewis Carroll Shelf awards, the New York Times Outstanding Book Award, and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Rounds died at his home in North Carolina on September 27, 2002 at the age of 96.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3?In an autobiographical glimpse of pre-television life on a Montana ranch, Rounds shows what children will think up when they have plenty of time and not much to do. When an old horse is brought into the yard (probably as much for a lawn-mower as for a playmate), a brother and sister spend the summer learning to climb up and stay on its back. Their unconventional methods of mounting are inventive and hilarious. The placid old horse not only tolerates the youngsters' shenanigans, but actually grows to enjoy them, and waits for the kids to come out of the house after their meals. In the end, the old horse is taken out to winter pasture, a somber but realistic end to an idyllic summer. This version of a long out-of-print title has a slightly revised text and the original line drawings have been tinted with a muted wash of watercolor and crayon. The result is a delightful blend of Rounds's dry, witty storytelling with illustrations that capture the humor of the horse/child antics. Enjoyable on its own, or as a read-aloud with small groups.?Christina Linz, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
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