Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo By Nancy Bo Flood and photography by Jan Sonnenmair
Cowboy Up! is a fabulous hybrid of nonfiction and poetry. It has been nominated for the CYBILS in nonfiction but today I am focusing on the poetry.
If you have never been to a rodeo, this book provides a great introduction to the sport. In Navajo country, many young kids dream of being able to bull ride, sheep ride, and stay on a bucking bronco for eight seconds.
Each two page spread has action packed photography, a narrative poem, and an explanation of the event. It’s a day in the life of the rodeo.
The poem on the end pages:
I want to be a rodeo rider-
A barrel racing,
crazy bull chasing,
wild calf roping,
~Nancy Bo Flood
Today I am fortunate to be at an SCBWI-Oregon writing retreat at the fabulous Silver Falls Conference Center. Waving “hi” to my Poetry Friday pals at NCTE.
Poetry Friday is being held at