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“The clever text is full of humor and flows well, and is set off by eye-catching illustrations that give the pages energy and imagination—just right for a tall tale.”
—School Library Journal
“Children will love this array of creatures from the Florida ranch lands, plus cowpoke Pete and his dog.”
—Palm Beach Post
A tall tale based on the life of the frontier cowboy, or “cow hunter” as they are called in Florida, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter is a fast-paced adventure that includes encounters with starvin’ mosquitoes, hairless bears, and gators the size of canoes!
Just like cowboys out west, “cracker cow hunters”—so called because they used the crack of their whips to scare cows out of the brush—rounded up their cattle and drove them to market, encountering unpredictable situations along the way. Here, the tender-hearted, courageous, clever cracker cow hunter Kissimmee Pete, his horse Blaze, his dog Mud, and his green cow String Bean, sing, swim, push, and wrestle their way across grasses, prairies, and swamps, finally arriving safely at port with their herd.
Filled with bright and bold illustrations, an amazing assortment of adjectives, and plenty of sassy word play, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter makes for an excellent read-aloud experience.
About the Author
Jan Day lives in Okeechobee, Florida, surrounded by the ranches and prairies where she has set her third book, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter. Ms. Day is the author of The Pirate, Pink and Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef, published by Pelican. Also a writer of published poetry and short fiction, Day offers writing workshops for schoolchildren and participates in a variety of children’s publishing panels. Her first children’s book, The Pirate, Pink, was selected for the Children’s Book Council’s Children’s Choices 2002 program.
About the Illustrator
Janeen Mason, the brush-snappin’, paint-crackin’ illustrator, brings Kissimmee Pete to life in her third book with Jan Day. She illustrated The Pirate, Pink and Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef. An award-winning artist, Ms. Mason is a popular speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, and she exhibits her art nationwide.
KISSIMMEE PETE, CRACKER COW HUNTER
By Jan Day
Illustrated by Janeen Mason
JUVENILE FICTION / Westerns
32 pages 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illustrations