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Let 'er buck! George Fletcher, the people's champion

by Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux,

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"African American George Fletcher loved horses from an early age. When he unfairly lost the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up to a white man, the outraged audience declared him "people's champion"--Provided by publisher.
Front Flap
Copyright Information
Title Page
Rodeo and Western Words
George Fletcher
About the Research
Selected Bibliography
Back Flap
Back Cover.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* George Fletcher's African American family took the Oregon Trail from Kansas when he was 10 years old. After settling in Pendleton, Oregon, he became friends with children living on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and grew up with a passion for horses and a talent for taming a horse without breaking what he loved so much its spirit. This picture-book biography is filled with Fletcher's own spirit as, despite facing prejudice in his attempts to enter and be judged fairly in rodeos, he became an expert in riding a bucking bronco. In a pivotal 1911 competition, he placed second to a white man despite the crowd's and even the local sheriff's belief in George's superior horsemanship, and the dramatic accounts of before, during, and after this episode are enthralling. The fantastic colloquial language is atmospheric without being overwrought (he took to their ways like a wet kitten to a warm brick ), and the excellent and thorough back matter includes insight into Coretta Scott King Award-winning Nelson's research process. Caldecott Honor Book illustrator James' oil-on-board illustrations are magnificent, utilizing a dusty yet rich palette in a variety of double-page spreads, single-page portraits, and spot art to show exciting action scenes that match the energy of the text. A distinguished depiction of men and horses, and an under-told piece of history from the Old West.--Andrew Medlar Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Colloquial narration by Nelson (The Book Itch) pairs with striking oil-on-board paintings by James (Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut) to introduce readers to African-American cowboy George Fletcher. Living in Pendleton, Ore., at the turn of the 20th century, Fletcher "suffered meanness and hurt because of his skin color." He also "found a kinship" with children from the Umatilla Indian Reservation and "watched the tribal horsemen and listened well." Most of the book focuses on Fletcher's entry in the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up, the Northwest's largest rodeo, where Fletcher lost the bronc riding finals despite a show-stealing ride. The local sheriff, sensing prejudice in the judges' decision, raised prize money on the spot for Fletcher, who was dubbed "the People's Champion." Broad brush strokes paint expressive faces and dynamic scenes of horse and rider; one spread depicts Fletcher atop a bucking horse in several positions, bringing the picture to life. Extensive back matter delves deeper into the lives of Fletcher, his competitors, and the fair-minded sheriff, Tillman Taylor. A glossary of rodeo and western words and a selected bibliography wrap up this triumphant tale of fairness trumping prejudice for a wrangler extraordinaire. Ages 8-12. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Fletcher, George, 1890-1973
African American cowboys Biography Juvenile literature
Rodeos United States History Juvenile literature
African American cowboys
Rodeos United States History
Biography & Autobiography
Juvenile Nonfiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Lerner Publishing Group2019
Contributors James, Gordon C., illustrator.
OverDrive, Inc.
Audience 008-012.
Language English
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Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781541541801
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