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HOME ON THE RANGE by Brian Ajhar


by Brian Ajhar & illustrated by Brian Ajhar

Age Range: 5 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8037-2918-9
Publisher: Dial

Leaving behind a bedroom strewn with elaborately detailed toys, a New York lad clad in a Stetson and pj’s rides his rocking horse out west for some riding and roping “where the skies are not cloudy all day.” Ajhar uses four verses of the 19th-century original’s six (the song has had several versions over the years, none of which are credited here), reprised with a new musical arrangement at the end. His visual interpretation isn’t particularly literal—there are plenty of deer playing, but no antelope, and lines like “Where the air is so pure, the zephyrs so free / The breezes so balmy and light” sound odd coming from the preschool-aged protagonist. But the cattle have mobile, expressive countenances, and even children already home on the range will respond to the ditty’s eminently singable sentiment. (Picture book. 5-7)