Texas Jack, the long-eared jackrabbit, tells the story of how rodeos came about in this full-color book by author/illustrator James Rice. In this tale young readers learn about the three R’s: “ropin’, ridin’, and rasslin’.”
Rodeo got its start in the days of roundups and big cattle drives. Cowboy Rodeo tells about life on the trail and how roping calves, bareback riding, and bulldogging became rodeo events. Using colorful Southwestern cowboy vernacular, Texas Jack explains the hard-working, competitive lifestyle of cowboys and how rodeos allowed them to test their skills or simply prove their toughness.
James Rice’s lively illustrations make this a beautiful as well as educational addition to any child’s library. Though intended for children, his work has a sizable following among grown-ups as well. James Rice is widely recognized as the South’s leading author/illustrator of children’s books.
About the Author/Illustrator
Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican’s treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Mr. Rice’s first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas , has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers also enjoy his Cowboy Night Before Christmas and Cowboy Alphabet . With over 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Mr. Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council.
Written and illustrated by James Rice
JUVENILE FICTION / General
32 pp. 8½ x 11
Full color illus. Ages 5-8