Born to Be a Cowgirl: A Spirited Ride Through the Old West

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Yee-haw! Fresh air, open prairie, and a galloping horse-what more could a girl want? Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, families headed west to build ranches and start new lives in the cattle business. Their daughters were raised on the range with an independent spirit and horses in their blood. Now modern-day cowgirls can come face-to-face with the revolutionary cowgirl style of yesteryear through first-person recollections and over 40 detail-rich, engaging photographs. The book is aimed at girls who love horses and who are hungry for heroines.

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CANDACE SAVAGE dreamed of being a cowgirl when she was young. That fantasy lead to an adult book, Cowgirls, and now, Born to be a Cowgirl for younger readers. She is the author of many natural history titles, and most recently, Witch: The Wild Ride from Wicked to Wicca. She lives in Saskatoon, Sakatchewan, and is finally learning to ride.

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This survey highlights the vigorous horsewomen who helped shape the West. Savage (author of the adult title Cowgirls) focuses on the daring girls and women who defied convention to ride horses, lasso cattle and buck broncos. The historical context is unfortunately oversimplified, such as the explanation that people moved West because "the East became grimy and crowded." But lovers of horses and fans of cowboy lore will enjoy these tales about individual women. Rodeo star Fannie Sperry, born in Montana in 1887, learned how to ride as a toddler: her mother simply placed her on the back of a gentle horse and told her not to fall off. A cowboy relates how the best hand on the cattle drive turned out to be a girl who had camouflaged herself as a boy. Better still are sidebars that present the cowgirls in their own words. In one, a Texas cowgirl defies her father and enters a bull-riding competition in the first All Girl Rodeo, "but I broke my hand in nine places. I didn't get bucked off. I broke it gripping so hard." A host of handsomely tinted vintage photographs showcase the power of these female cowhands, seen here wrestling calves to the ground and jumping over everything from fences to cars. A browser's delight. Ages 8-up.

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