Here is a new approach to a popular subject, and, from the first page, the illusion that the American West gave birth to the cowboy is promptly shattered. Here we meet the first ""cowboy"", clad in shepherd's cloth, outfitted with a staff -- his herd the long-horned cattle, quite different from what we know today. Even in modern history, Mexican vaqueros and Argentinian gauchos in their colorful outfits have developed their own intriguing customs for the job of herding and caring for cattle. Today's American cowboy has advanced knowledge of cattle innoculation, of branding, of watering and feeding -- sharply different from the traditional cowboy of the Old West. An extremely informative and appealing text for young buckaroos everywhere, enlivened further by the author's fine line drawings.