Friday, March 28, 2014

Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo

Flood, Nancy Bo. 2013. COWBOY UP! RIDE THE NAVAJO RODEO.  Ill by Jan Sonnenmair. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong. ISBN 9781590788936 [Suggested Grade Levels 2-6]

Poetry, prose and photography combine in this unique picture book that depicts a busy day at a Navajo rodeo.  Each poem reveals the perspective of a participant—from the anticipation of the night before in “Tomorrow” to the we’ll get ‘em next time reflections of the final poem “Heading Home.” The poetry and expository text on each double-page spread frequently are accompanied by the authentic narration of a rodeo announcer and plentiful photographs of rodeo participants engaging in mutton busting, barrel racing, steer wrestling, eating fry bread and more. Back matter includes a page on rodeo history and a listing of additional resources in print and on the web. 

This look at an aspect of contemporary Navajo life provides an opportunity to help children understand that Native-Americans continue to inhabit tribal lands across North America. Read more about the lives of Native Americans in the following titles.

Dennis, Yvonne Wakim and Arlene Hirschfelder. CHILDREN OF NATIVE AMERICA TODAY. 9781570919657
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. JINGLE DANCER. 9780688162429
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. INDIAN SHOES. 9780060395318

By Suzy Parchman

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