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COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA by Erica Silverman

COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA

By Erica Silverman (Author) , Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-15-202124-8
Publisher: Harcourt

Kate is a confident and resourceful little girl with her own talking horse in this easy reader written at the fluency level for children who are reading on their own but not quite ready for longer fiction. The text is divided into four short chapters that describe some small incidents in their entwined lives: Kate acquiring Cocoa; the horse reacting to the surprise gift of a straw hat; their joint effort at counting cows; and an evening together in the barn. Cocoa is a distinct personality who demands lots of food and attention from Kate, but they also swap roles as caretaker when Cocoa worries about Kate’s tree-climbing or sings her a lullaby when she’s nervous about sleeping in the barn. Lewin’s loose watercolor illustrations are just as appealing and funny as those in her other farmyard stories, with the cows taking a back seat this time. The humorous text, warm friendship between horse and owner and captivating illustrations add up to a cowgirl and “cowhorse” with enough star power to ride the range together in subsequent sequels. (Easy reader. 6-9)