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“I’ll hop atop my horse and ride, my trusty pup right by my side. I’ll gallop fast, and with each stride, I’ll know that I’m a cowgirl.” –I Wanna Be A Cowgirl
I Wanna Be A Cowgirl
by Angela DiTerlizzi
4 – 8
A young girl dreams of going out west where “the warm winds blow. The grass grows high, the sun hangs low.” Using her imagination, the girl saddles her stick pony and heads to the back yard to “check in on my chicken coops, take a bath in the creek, and milk the cows.” Her trusty dog and cat go on the adventure too. Finally, she moseys in to “rest my head. I’ll get some grub, unroll my bed. I’ll be tired, but warm and fed.”
The book’s illustrations have a vintage feel and use two main colors—red and green. Anything that is associated with being a cowgirl appears in red, in contrast to the green of nature. Each illustration shows the girl’s imagination at work. For example, when she pretends to shear the sheep, the illustration shows her brushing her dog. When the girl takes a bath in the creek, she’s really jumping into a wading pool. The illustrations are warm and whimsical and will immediately capture readers’ attention.
Even though the text uses simple sentences, the picture book is intended to be read aloud to a child, rather than for the child to read it for the first time independently. Each page has 1 to 3 sentences that would make a fun book to read aloud because of the rhyming text and the country twang. For example, “I’ll check in on my chicken coops./ I’ll make my rope do loop-de-loops—/ a lasso spinnin’, makin’ hoops.”
I Wanna Be A Cowgirl has adorable pictures that bring the girl’s imagination to life. Young readers will enjoy the adventure and have fun imagining the life of a cowgirl. The girl’s trusty pup makes an appearance on almost every page which adds even more fun to the illustrations. The story’s plot is easy to understand, and the book would be an excellent (and short) bedtime story. If you’re looking for another picture book with a country feel, check out I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home by Kathryn Cristaldi.
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