Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp

by Denise Fleming

You can tell right off from Buster’s body language that he’s not going... read more

You can tell right off from Buster’s body language that he’s not going to enjoy staying at the kennel when Brown Shoes drops him off. In spite of the fact that the Sagebrush Kennel has tried to make things fun by having themed activities related to cowboy life for their dog guests, Buster is an unwilling cowpoke, at least initially. He hangs back from most of the activities the first day and can’t sleep a wink in the bunkhouse at night. The next day, surprise success in a game of Buckaroo Ball helps Buster begin to relax and have a bit of fun at Cowboy Camp. Before long, he’s helping to gather wood for the campfire, joining in the cowboy sing-along, and eagerly awaiting a new day of cowboy fun when he hits the hay at night. Short chapters comprised of short sentences are accompanied by boldly colored illustrations in the artist’s signature batik style. The back cover includes a glossary of “cowpoke words” such as chuck wagon , pardner , and the all-important yee-haw . (Ages 3–6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009

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