Reviews for Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa


Booklist Reviews 2005 March #1
PreS-Gr. 2. Set on a cattle ranch, this warm, beginning chapter book tells four spirited stories about young cowgirl Kate and her beloved talking horse, Cocoa. Young children will see themselves in both characters. In several episodes, for example, Cocoa puts off cow herding and even bedtime by employing a preschooler's procrastination techniques, such as asking for food and for water. Children will also recognize the friends' good-natured banter and lively dialogue as they negotiate their days together, in the barn and on the range. Lewin's bold-lined illustrations extend the comedy and the affectionate friendship with expressive animal characters reminiscent of her work in the Caldecott Honor Book Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type (2000). A fine choice for reading aloud to small groups or for confident new readers to tackle on their own. ((Reviewed March 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

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Booklist Reviews 2006 February #2
Partners, the amusing sequel to the engaging Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa (2005), features four short, episodic chapters, each telling a new tale of the little cowgirl and her horse. In the first, Kate has difficulty convincing Cocoa that horseshoes are a better choice for him than cowboy boots. In the next, they play hide-and-seek on the range. Kate tries to use the uncooperative Cocoa for cow-roping practice in the third adventure, and in the fourth, they explore the highs and lows of the horse-and-rider partnership. The clean lines and buoyant spirit of the watercolor artwork reflect the simplicity and humor of the entertaining text. This is a pleasing choice as either a beginning reader or a picture book to read aloud. ((Reviewed February 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
Readers moving on from the Henry and Mudge series will be able to read these simple chapters, but they are apt to be disappointed. In the slight depiction of a friendship, Kate and her horse talk to each other as Kate tries to coax Cocoa into behaving the way a cowhorse should. Lewin's cheery watercolors are the strong point here. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
In the first chapter, "cowhorse" Cocoa wants cowboy boots like Cowgirl Kate's, until he finds out that horseshoes bring good luck; subsequently, the two friends find a lost calf, practice roping skills, and go for a swim. Lewin's lively, expressive watercolors add even more humor to Silverman's already funny and engaging text in a book aimed at more advanced independent readers. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2005 April #1
Kate is a confident and resourceful little girl with her own talking horse in this easy reader written at the fluency level for children who are reading on their own but not quite ready for longer fiction. The text is divided into four short chapters that describe some small incidents in their entwined lives: Kate acquiring Cocoa; the horse reacting to the surprise gift of a straw hat; their joint effort at counting cows; and an evening together in the barn. Cocoa is a distinct personality who demands lots of food and attention from Kate, but they also swap roles as caretaker when Cocoa worries about Kate's tree-climbing or sings her a lullaby when she's nervous about sleeping in the barn. Lewin's loose watercolor illustrations are just as appealing and funny as those in her other farmyard stories, with the cows taking a back seat this time. The humorous text, warm friendship between horse and owner and captivating illustrations add up to a cowgirl and "cowhorse" with enough star power to ride the range together in subsequent sequels. (Easy reader. 6-9) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Kirkus Reviews 2006 March #2
After garnering a well-deserved Geisel Honor medal for their first adventure, Kate and her wiseacre talking horse Cocoa kick up their heels and hooves in another satisfying romp. In the first of four funny chapters, Kate talks Cocoa out of wanting cowboy boots and into "lucky" new horseshoes. The pair cooperates-mostly-to rescue a lost calf and hone Kate's roping skills, partnering through thick and thin (not to mention wet and dry). Silverman's crisp, lively dialogue and well-chosen action words ("nuzzled," "twirled," "pranced") result in that rarity among easy readers: a flowing text that functions as well as a read-aloud as it does a reader. Lewin, who knows her way around a barnyard, uses her signature, economical, bold black line to define and enliven the bright watercolors. She deftly captures the many moods of Cocoa, who's at turns mischievous, willful and affectionate. Both girls and boys will enjoy this fresh new series, another winner in the publisher's stable of excellent books for emergent readers. (Easy reader. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 March
K-Gr 2-Kate is a "cowgirl from the boots up," and Cocoa is her loquacious and irascible equine companion. Together they share four amiable adventures in this easy chapter book. Beginning readers learn how the cowhorse was acquired and, in the process, discover that Kate is subtly clever and Cocoa is a bit of a slacker. The stories that follow include a disappointingly inedible surprise for the horse, a test of wills and devotion while cowherding, and a sleepover in the barn that dexterously reveals their mutual affection. Simple sentences and lots of repetition make these tales accessible, while occasional cowpoke vocabulary establishes the locale. Both horse and girl have well-developed personalities that weather the ups and downs of friendship. While the narrative is somewhat lacking in excitement, the genial humor and feisty horse have child appeal. Strong black lines lend rustic solidity to the watercolor illustrations that are generously distributed throughout the text. With additional adventures in the works, this affable duo augments Cynthia Rylant's popular people-and-their-pets pairings (Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby) and welcomes new readers to their home on the range.-Carol Ann Wilson, formerly at Westfield Memorial Library, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Review 2006 August

K-Gr 2 The cowpoke and her horse are back, once again riding the range in this beginning reader. From shoeing to roping to rounding up cattle, Kate is as resourceful as Cocoa is contrary as they once again prove that a best friend is one you can count on through hot and cold, weak and strong, and even wet and dry. Lewin's cartoon style is as fresh as a prairie breeze after a spring rain. Set against a white backdrop, bold black outlines and warm watercolors underscore the busy days of ranch life. Libraries will have a hard time keeping this title in stock, so be sure to purchase more than one copy.H. H. Henderson, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, FL

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