Accelerated Reader Program Selection
A cute chihuahua named Chi Chi assists in presenting the tale of the South American cowboys, the vaqueros, in both Spanish and English. The vaqueros’ history begins with the arrival of the explorers and their cattle in the 1500s.
The explorers’ cattle often strayed away and multiplied, which allowed the rich charros to claim them as their own. These charros hired vaqueros to drive their cattle from horseback, and the vaqueros soon became a highly skilled group with their own culture, techniques, and equipment Chapaderos and special roping techniques quickly became trademarks of the vaqueros.
English and Spanish text, presented side by side, accompanies the colorful illustrations. Children will not only learn about history, but will also have fun improving their bilingual skills with this lively look at the vaqueros.
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 Victor Lopez at the Alamo. For over thirty years, his works have captured the spirit of Cajun culture, cowboys, and the West, as well as national themes. 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 / Westerns
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 9781565543096 hc