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Rain or Shine (Cowgirl Kate & Cocoa
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ERICA SILVERMAN is the author of the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa early reader books, the first of which received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor. Lana's World is her newest easy reader series. She has also written many picture books for children, including When the Chickens Went on Strike, Big Pumpkin, Hanukkah Hop, and Don't Fidget a Feather. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit her website at www.ericasilverman.com BETSY LEWIN is the well-known illustrator of Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and the Caldecott Honor-winning Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, all written by Doreen Cronin. She lives in New York City.

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K-Gr 2-The adventures of Cowgirl Kate and her horse continue in this fourth installment in the popular series. A storm hits while they are riding through the pasture, scaring Cocoa, although, once they reach safety, he claims that he was "just racing the wind." As the rain continues, Cocoa pretends to be sick in an effort to get Kate's attention. He then refuses to wear a rain sheet when he goes outside and ends up soaked. Cowgirl Kate remains the voice of reason to the animal's antics throughout the story. Lewin's colorful cartoon illustrations enhance the fast-paced action and perfectly capture the characters' many expressions and their close relationship. This delightful tale is certain to appeal to young readers, especially girls who may dream of having a horse of their own.-Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

The exemplary text, well calibrated to new readers' abilities, uses plenty of exciting, action verbs and swift dialogue to move the stories along, while Lewin's black-lined artwork extends the sense of friendship and fun.--Booklist

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