of a Black Cowboy
Robert H. Miller
of a Black Cowboy—Cowboys, No 1,” is an engrossing book
that introduces readers to a part of history many are unfamiliar
with—the role Black Cowboys played in American History.
written with young readers ages 9 and up in mind, readers of all
ages will enjoy "meeting" such people as Mary Fields,
a former slave with a mind of her own and a spirit of independence
who, at the age of 60, became only the second woman to carry the
U S mail. “Reflections of a Black Cowboy” also tells
the story of Cherokee Bill, whose unfortunate childhood led him
into a life of crime with tragic results. Also included is the story
of Willie Kennard, a former Buffalo Solider who became a mining
town's first Black Marshal. The book ends with the inspiring story
of history's most famous Black cowboy of all, Bill Pickett, who
invented the sport of steer wrestling.
by tales his mother told him and his brother of her uncles who were
cowboys, Mr. Miller uses an interesting narrator—the old cowboy,
talking to his dog, Sundown—to introduce and end each history
vignette. The author's style is informative and lively. His use
of colorful metaphors throughout the book ensures that each character
sketch comes alive for the reader. Like other books I've read from
this publisher, “Reflections of A Black Cowboy” educates
as it entertains. I heartily recommend this as a must buy and read
for parents who want to ensure that their children enjoy a full
and accurate account of an important but often overlooked and ignored
part of American History.
nonfiction / West / Cowboys / History (Ages 9-12)
Reviewer Mary Lynn is the author of "Dear Cari."