Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door: A Review

In Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Denette Fretz, the first thing Conrad packs when heading to Uncle Clint's ranch to learn to be a cowboy is his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit.  It's a good thing, too, because learning how to be a cowboy is a lot harder, and more painful, than he thought.  Conrad has a lot to learn about being a cowboy, but the most difficult part is dealing with the neighbor girl Imogene Louise Lathrop, who knows all the rules and loves to hold her knowledge over Conrad.

This is a cute book with beautiful illustrations, and I liked it.  The story conveys a moral message about forgiving your enemies, but I feel like the final few pages detracted from the message, when Uncle Clint tells Conrad, "Forgive your enemies.  It messes up their heads."  That doesn't seem like a good motivation for forgiveness, or a prudent thing to say to a child, however true it may be.

Bottom line: this is a cute book, but I would buy it because my kid likes cowboys, not for the moral message.

I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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