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Reading the West 12-6-10

Candy Moulton
Encampment, Wyo.

Barbara Knight has two new books out that will appeal to kids who love horses. “The Stampede with Penny the Mustang Pony” and “The Forest Fire with Penny the Mustang Pony,” both published by Mustang Books in hardcover and sold for $14.95 each.

These two titles are the fifth and sixth books in Knight’s series featuring a mustang pony named Penny. Will illustrations by Dale “Wink” Burgess, the books each tell a fast-paced tale that is a message for young readers. In “Stampede” Penny learns not to wander away from the herd. In “Forest Fire” Penny faces a big challenge in the river as the fire sweeps over the forest.

Based on the life of West Texas ranch daughter Elizabeth Miller, “Elizabeth’s Christmas Eve Gift” is a Christmas story based around ranch life. It is written by Chesna Smith, who married Elizabeth’s grandson, and illustrated by Ben Miller and Shawna Wright. The young girl of the story has a lot of responsibility: herding sheep, milking the cow, feeding the animals. But she is given a gift of faith from her father when they visit the barn on Christmas Eve. This is a story for young readers. It is published by Perky Cowgirl Press in hardcover, for $15.95.

“Javelina (Have-uh-What?)” by Gene K. Garrison is a blend of color photographs and text that take young children into the desert life of javelinas … known to the scientific world as a collared peccary, and popularly called a wild pig. Intended for new readers, the book has pronunciation guides for tough words like javeline and saguaro, and lots of details about science and nature. Self-published, the book sells for $15.

Lovers of all books by Doctor Seuss will want to get a copy of “Smurglets are Everywhere,” a book of poems by Alan Birkelbach with illustrations by Susan J. Halblower. It is published by TCU Press in hardcover at $19.95. In “Smurglets” you will find Ogres who hate okra, giant robots on the loose, there are skeedadles, and anaconda cargo, and combo pizzas made from giant caterpiuullars, wings of a dusty moth and alligator eyelids!

You’ll find Blue Galoopas, lions on a picnic, sneezing elephants, and a caveman (er woman or perhaps Auntie Claire) frozen in the ice. And there are instructions on surfing molten lava, swimming with Piranhas and sleeping in cactus, not to mention potatoes that attack other garden grub in the night!

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And of course there are smurglets everywhere. Not sure what a smurglet is? Well get a copy of this book and you’ll find the fun in learning new words, twists on words, and a whole lot of adventure.

Barbara Knight has two new books out that will appeal to kids who love horses. “The Stampede with Penny the Mustang Pony” and “The Forest Fire with Penny the Mustang Pony,” both published by Mustang Books in hardcover and sold for $14.95 each.

These two titles are the fifth and sixth books in Knight’s series featuring a mustang pony named Penny. Will illustrations by Dale “Wink” Burgess, the books each tell a fast-paced tale that is a message for young readers. In “Stampede” Penny learns not to wander away from the herd. In “Forest Fire” Penny faces a big challenge in the river as the fire sweeps over the forest.

Based on the life of West Texas ranch daughter Elizabeth Miller, “Elizabeth’s Christmas Eve Gift” is a Christmas story based around ranch life. It is written by Chesna Smith, who married Elizabeth’s grandson, and illustrated by Ben Miller and Shawna Wright. The young girl of the story has a lot of responsibility: herding sheep, milking the cow, feeding the animals. But she is given a gift of faith from her father when they visit the barn on Christmas Eve. This is a story for young readers. It is published by Perky Cowgirl Press in hardcover, for $15.95.

“Javelina (Have-uh-What?)” by Gene K. Garrison is a blend of color photographs and text that take young children into the desert life of javelinas … known to the scientific world as a collared peccary, and popularly called a wild pig. Intended for new readers, the book has pronunciation guides for tough words like javeline and saguaro, and lots of details about science and nature. Self-published, the book sells for $15.

Lovers of all books by Doctor Seuss will want to get a copy of “Smurglets are Everywhere,” a book of poems by Alan Birkelbach with illustrations by Susan J. Halblower. It is published by TCU Press in hardcover at $19.95. In “Smurglets” you will find Ogres who hate okra, giant robots on the loose, there are skeedadles, and anaconda cargo, and combo pizzas made from giant caterpiuullars, wings of a dusty moth and alligator eyelids!

You’ll find Blue Galoopas, lions on a picnic, sneezing elephants, and a caveman (er woman or perhaps Auntie Claire) frozen in the ice. And there are instructions on surfing molten lava, swimming with Piranhas and sleeping in cactus, not to mention potatoes that attack other garden grub in the night!

And of course there are smurglets everywhere. Not sure what a smurglet is? Well get a copy of this book and you’ll find the fun in learning new words, twists on words, and a whole lot of adventure.