I have this magnificent picture book in front of me. Something every kid or teacher would want to own. And not only that, it's a giveaway. I'll tell you in a moment how you can enter.
But first, a glimpse of the book!
This is one gorgeous piece of work - the perfect pairing of poet (David L. Harrison) and illustrator (Dan Burr) Together these gentlemen paint history so real and heartfelt that the reader wants to go back there. Back to a time before railroads turned cattle drives into history.
Read this soulful determined poem. Then I'll link you to the equally beautiful illustration.
All my life,
do what Master say.
He say, "Mind my cows,"
I mind his cows.
Nobody owns me now.
Signed my X,
agreed to drive this rancher's cows
from Texas up to Abilene-
I'm on a journey of my own
figuring how it feels
to be free.
Now, take a look at this proud, hopeful cowboy, ready to set out on his new life of freedom.
There's a whole lot of cowboy life in the pages of this book. Each page-spread is one poem with a vivid illustration that shares the viewpoint of a different cowboy or one aspect of life on the range.
Just leave a comment here. But over at Talking Story we have several giveaways so if you don't win COWBOYS you just might win a consolation prize!
You may have noticed that the theme of this issue of TALKING STORY is Poetry. and also that Highlights Foundation is offering several poetry workshops in 2013. David Harrison will lead POETRY FOR THE DELIGHT OF IT, September 30 - October 3.
I could be tempted...