Holt Collier is best known as the guide who led President Roosevelt on the historic bear hunt that resulted in the naming of the Teddy bear. In his younger days, Holt’s adventures were extremely risky. From his days as a scout in the Civil War to the time he helped break up a gang of Mississippi River pirates, he always had a thirst for high adventure. And he always knew how to handle the danger.
Holt and the Cowboys is the story of a Mississippi-born slave who finds himself on the Texas prairie after the Civil War. Befriended during the war by famous general and later Texas governor, “Sul” Ross, he is sent to work on a ranch outside of Austin. He overcomes the prejudice of the other cowboys through his determination and his gift for breaking horses, making him a legendary cowboy.
Young readers will find a valuable lesson in tolerance to be gained from Holt and the Cowboys. Just as the cowboys learned not to judge a person or his abilities because of race, children will see the benefit in recognizing everyone’s individual potential.
About the Author
This is Jim McCafferty’s second book about the legendary bear hunter from Mississippi. His first work, Holt and the Teddy Bear, recounted the story of Holt and the president that inspired a national phenomenon and folk art with the Teddy bear. McCafferty lives in Jackson, Mississippi with his wife and three children. He is an award-winning outdoors writer and photographer, and much like the character he writes about, McCafferty is an avid hunter and fisherman.
HOLT AND THE COWBOYS
Illustrated by Florence S. Davis
JUVENILE FICTION / Westerns
40 pp. 7 x 9
10 Color illustrations
ISBN: 9780882899855 hc