Leroy the Cowboy Davis L. Ford and Pam Arthur, Illustrated by Ken Arthur II, Lastcowboy Press, $23.95, Hardcover; 512-327-6599.

dec06_leroy_the_cowboyAlthough this is a book of fictional stories, the characters, horses and experiences are based on reality. Real-life working cowhand Leroy Webb teaches a group of youngsters the ways of ranch life and cowboying. The story is told in a straightforward manner, and the lessons are backed up by easy-to-understand illustrations and photographs, as well as “how to” tips, horse color chart, cowboy talk and equine and horse equipment terminology. Nine-year-old Ethan Lageson of Chatsworth, California, says “I had a lot of fun reading Leroy the Cowboy, and I am already using things I learned in the book when I am with my horse Weasel.”—Phil Spangenberger

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