Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Little Cowgirl Bookclub: Hannah Mae O'Hannigan's Wild West Show

How can you not love a book subtitled, Featuring Her Trusty Cow Pony 'Sassafras'?? Even without that subtitle this book would be in our top ten picture book list. Hannah herself is a character many parents know -- that kid who fancies themselves in a lifestyle that's not a great fit for where they live. In this case, it's a wanna-be cowgirl who lives in the city, a situation I know well!

Hannah's first gift as a baby is a cowboy hat and from there her path in life is set. Instead of trying to rein in their little cowgirl, her parents try to find ways to let her practice cowgirl skills (ponies in central park! wrangling a herd of hamsters!) and when she's ready, they send her off to help out on her Uncle Coot's ranch (Coot is the source of the cowboy hat that started it all). Hannah works hard on the ranch and ends up saving the day with some quick thinking and skills she learned in all that cowgirl training. And yes, not only does she save the day, she goes on to start the wild west show of the title and becomes the "best cowgirl in the world".

The art is cartoony and sweet, with a soft, slightly sepia-tinted palette in the colors. (And, there is no sign of the dreaded over-used Giddy-Up font anywhere - bonus points!) And the story is fun and engaging -- a must-read for any aspiring cowhand and honestly, I think any kid would really enjoy it.

Check it out on Amazon; or find it at your local library!

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