CHICO by Sandra Day O’Connor


A True Story from the Childhood of the First Woman Supreme Court Justice
Age Range: 5 - 10
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O’Connor offers a straightforward, plainspoken story taken from her own childhood, but told as an observer, not in her own voice. It’s a simple tale, of a six-year-old girl who has been riding since before she could walk, and her horse Chico. Sandra knows how to take care of her horse, and that she isn’t to ride too far from the house. But when a new calf is born, she wants to see it, and rides out a bit farther than usual. When Chico is startled by a rattlesnake, Sandra is very frightened but rides him quickly out of the way and home. When her dad asks if she wants to go to see the calf again, Sandra conquers her fear and goes with him, satisfied that the snake is no longer a danger to her or to the calf. Andreasen’s figures are somewhat static, but he captures wonderfully the big sky and wide expanses of a southwest cattle ranch. O’Connor’s formal style is a bit stiff, making the whole effort a little reserved, but this is still considerably better than most “celebrity” picture books. (Picture book/biography. 5-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-525-47452-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2005


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