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How To Be A Cowboy by Alice. V. Lickens

It is National Non Fiction November in the UK so we have been reading more non fiction this month. We had never really thought about the details of a cowboy’s life but How To Be A Cowboy has given us a fascinating insight into the world of cowboys and their work.

On the first page a map of North America shows us the states in which cowboys live and work. We are then introduced to stetsons and boots with explanations about their different designs and stitching as well as different kinds of horses, the best kind of cattle to herd, the formation that cowboys ride in and the different roles that they take when herding cattle.

How To Be A Cowboy is a small sturdy hardback and the information is given in bite sized chunks of text which are interspersed between Alice. V. Licken’s lovely, earthy coloured illustrations. This is the kind of book that you can dip in and out of, you can spend time choosing your favourite cowboy boots, a cowboy name or learn some cowboy jargon, ‘rattle your hocks’ (‘hurry up’) is used in our house now! Our favourite pages show the chuck wagon and introduce us to the cookie (the Beanslinger!) and his job. Recipes are included, the Gunslinger Beans sound really tasty but we don’t want to try Sock Coffee!

Not only is this little book full of information but it also includes a page of stickers and a sturdy cardboard cowboy to press out and dress. We also used the book to help us look for the constellations that guide the cowboys home, unfortunately it was too cloudy to see any stars on the night that we chose!

How To Be A Cowboy is a fascinating little book of facts to introduce you to cowboy life, it has provided an entertaining and fun introduction to a subject that we previously knew very little about.

Age Range: 5+

Author / Illustrator: Alice. V. Lickens

Thank you to Pavilion Books for sending us a copy of How To Be A Cowboy. We have learnt lots of interesting and fun cowboy facts.

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8 responses to “How To Be A Cowboy by Alice. V. Lickens”

  1. Kate avatar

    What a great little book, one you might not normally consider! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      The cover invites you to pick the book up, for us it’s not a subject that we knew much about but we have learnt lots of interesting facts 🙂

  2. Sharon Saunders avatar

    Oooo I don’t have anyone the right age to get this for but I think I should treat my little boy when he’s born soon! Lol
    Great review.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thanks Sharon, I love the idea of starting a baby’s library early 🙂

  3. Karen avatar

    What a lovely book. It’s a great idea for a Christmas present, actually!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s almost small enough to fit a (largish!) Christmas stocking!

  4. Rebecca U avatar

    This sounds fab. I really like that it is factual and you can learn about the States the lived in etc 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      There were lots of facts that were new to me, I’ve never really thought about how cowboys earn a living before.