Black Cowboy, Wild Horses

by Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney

Bob Lemmons was a former slave, known to history as a cowboy who was extremely skilled... read more

Bob Lemmons was a former slave, known to history as a cowboy who was extremely skilled at herding wild horses. In this picture book based on his working life, we follow Bob and his horse, Warrior, as they track down a herd of mustangs, slowly gain their trust, and then lead them back to a corral on the ranch. Jerry Pinkney's dynamic watercolor paintings bring the horses to life with specific, accurate details showing the Great Plains in an earlier era. Julius Lester's exquisitely written text characterizes Bob as a wise and patient man with an instinct for horses. Honor Book, CCBC Coretta Scott King Award Discussion: Illustrator. (Ages 7-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998

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