Smoky The Cowhorse

by Will James

Aladdin | January 8, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Smoky The Cowhorse is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Smoky knows only one way of life: freedom. Living on the open range, he is free to go where he wants and to do what he wants. And he knows what he has to do to survive. He can beat any enemy, whether it be a rattlesnake or a hungry wolf. He is as much a part of the Wild West as it is of him, and Smoky can''t imagine anything else.

But then he comes across a new enemy, one that walks on two legs and makes funny sounds. Smoky can''t beat this enemy the way he has all the others. But does he really want to? Or could giving up some of his freedom mean getting something in return that''s even more valuable?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.9 in

Published: January 8, 2008

Publisher: Aladdin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416949410

ISBN - 13: 9781416949411

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from original American "horse tale" for children Smoky is a mouse-colored horse which is born on the range. After a couple of years, he is taken to the Rocking R Ranch where he is trained by a thirty-year-old cowboy named Clint to be a cowhorse. The cowhorses work during the spring, summer, and fall on the ranch, but are let back out on the range to forage in the winter. Clint, who is especially fond of the mouse-colored horse, always tries to check on Smoky through each winter, but one year he is detained for several reasons, and when he finally goes out on the range he finds that the cowhorse, as well as the whole herd with which he has been hanging out, is gone. What has happened to Smoky? And will Clint ever see him again? This 1927 Newbery Medalist, sometimes considered to be the original American “horse tale” for children, has a lot of details about horses, their breeding, their moods, the lives of cowboys, and cattle roundups, along with a strong indictment of cruelty to animals. It tells about Smoky’s life as a wild mustang, a cowhorse, a bucking bronco named “The Cougar,” a stable riding horse called Cloudy, and finally a harness horse. There are some references to smoking and “cussing,” although no actual cuss words are used besides the “h” word uttered once by the villain and found in a couple of expressions such as “hell to breakfast” and “hell bent for election,” along with a few common euphemisms and a lot of “daggones” and “doggones.” Otherwise, there is nothing objectionable. The narration is done in a folksy “cowboy” slang style—“Smoky must of been in the middle of some bad dream…the stars was fading away and the buffalo hunters had went to rest.” Obviously, the book should not be used to teach good grammar (except perhaps by negative example). Some people have objected to the bad grammar saying that it is hard to read, but like the Southern slave dialect of the “Uncle Remus” stories or the Scottish brogue of Kidnapped, it is simply preserving in print a way of speaking common to a certain time and place. A few times I had to read back over something to make sure that I understood it, but for the most part the grammar won’t keep one from enjoying the story, and, in fact, the writing style just adds to the charm. It is highly recommended for young horse lovers.
Date published: 2012-11-14

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Smoky The Cowhorse

by Will James

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.9 in

Published: January 8, 2008

Publisher: Aladdin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416949410

ISBN - 13: 9781416949411

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Smoky knows only one way of life: freedom. Living on the open range, he is free to go where he wants and to do what he wants. And he knows what he has to do to survive. He can beat any enemy, whether it be a rattlesnake or a hungry wolf. He is as much a part of the Wild West as it is of him, and Smoky can''t imagine anything else.

But then he comes across a new enemy, one that walks on two legs and makes funny sounds. Smoky can''t beat this enemy the way he has all the others. But does he really want to? Or could giving up some of his freedom mean getting something in return that''s even more valuable?

Editorial Reviews

"One of the finest horse stories ever told."

-- Herald Tribune

Appropriate for ages: 8