Black cowboy, wild horses : a true story

by Lester, Julius, 1939-2018.

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Picture Books qj Fic Lester,
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  qj Fic Lester,
Carnegie Library of Homestead Juvenile Picture Book J PIC Lest
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  J PIC Lest
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea LESTER
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea LESTER
Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 978 L56
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 978 L56
Bob Lemmons is famous for his ability to track wild horses. He rides his horse, Warrior, picks up the trail of mustangs, then runs with them day and night until they accept his presence. Bob and Warrior must then challenge the stallion for leadership of the wild herd. A victorious Bob leads the mustangs across the wide plains and for one last spectacular run before guiding them into the corral. Bob's job is done, but he dreams of galloping with Warrior forever to where the sky and land meet.

This splendid collaboration by an award-winning team captures the beauty and harshness of the frontier, a boundless arena for the struggle between freedom and survival. Based on accounts of Bob Lemmons, a former slave, Black Cowboy, Wild Horses has been rewritten as a picture book by Julius Lester from his story "The Man Who Was a Horse" in Long Journey Home , first published by Dial in 1972.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5^-9. One of every three cowboys who helped tame the Wild West was either Mexican or black. This is the true story of one of the latter, Bob Lemmons. In language rich with simile and metaphor, Lester's account focuses on the former slave's uncanny tracking abilities as he trails a herd of mustangs as well as his mission to tame the wild horses and lead them back to the corral. Pinkney's earth-colored gouache and watercolor paintings add the look of the Texas plains to Lester's account and capture the energy of the horses as they gallop across sweeping, double-page spreads. Lester and Pinkney's manifest love and respect for the West and cowboys of color, whose contributions have been too long overlooked, distinguish their latest collaboration. --Michael Cart"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A spirit of freedom pervades the pages of this picture book, accompanied by the sound of thundering hooves and the feel of the heat and dust of the plains. Based on an incident in the life of Texas cowboy Bob Lemmons, the tale centers on his success in corralling a herd of wild mustangs with only the aid of his horse. Possessed of a legendary tracking ability, Lemmons, a former slave, follows the drove day and night, infiltrating the herd astride his black steed, Warrior. In a dramatic climax, he defeats the mustang stallion for possession of the herd. Lester and Pinkney, who previously collaborated on John Henry and Sam and the Tigers, reunite in an impressive display of teamwork, transporting readers, through the alchemy of visual and verbal imagery, to the heart of the action. The resulting sense of immediacy offers a vivid taste of the cowboy life, whether it's hunkering down all night during a sluicing rain or riding under the wide-open skies. Lester studs his seamless prose with powerful descriptions, such as when a hawk is "suspended on cold threads of unseen winds," or the mustangs sweep toward the corral as "a dark surge of flesh flashing across the plains like black lightning." The fluid brushwork of Pinkney's watercolors seem tailor-made for the flow of muscle, mane and tail of wild mustangs galloping across the prairie. Notable for the light it sheds on a fascinating slice of Americana, this book is essential for anyone interested in the Wild West. Ages 5-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Lemmons, Bob -- Juvenile fiction.
Lemmons, Bob -- Fiction.
Mustang -- Fiction.
Horses -- Fiction.
Cowboys -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Dial Books,1998
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Pinkney, Jerry.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN 0803717873 (trade)
0803717881 (lib)
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