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This was my least favorite of Lois Lenski s regionals It was still a worthy story that needed to be told but I wasn t as invested in it It was interesting that some of the younger children in the story had never seen rain in their lives. (((E-PUB))) ↛ Texas Tomboy ↜ The entire ranch is thirsty will the rains ever come Tomboy Charlie loves the ranch and the outdoors, especially now that she has a horse of her own and can ride like a true cowboy She doesn t understand why her mother keeps after her to help out in the house, too But ranch life is hard, especially when there s a drought There isn t enough water for the crops or cattle, and horrible dust storms sweep away the soil If it doesn t rain soon, her family could lose everything Charlie must learn that on a ranch, everyone s job is important if they are to survive and that a good cowboy always obeys ordersThis classic story depicts Texas ranch life during the droughts of the early twentieth century, as one girl tries to find her place in the world Charlotte s love of horses and the ranch, her escapades and her problems make good reading for the horse loving girls of the present The Horn Book MagazineBorn in Springfield, Ohio, in , Lois Lenski achieved acclaim as both an author and illustrator of children s literature For her Regional America series, Lenski traveled to each of the places that became a subject of one of her books She did meticulous research and spoke with children and adults in the various regions to create stories depicting the lives of the inhabitants of those areas Her novel of Florida farm life, Strawberry Girl, won the Newbery Award inShe also received a Newbery Honor infor Indian Captive, a fictionalized account of the life of Mary Jemison Lenski died in Lois Lenski was writing Newberry Winning Books before I was even born a long time ago and they have endured the test of time Some had become favorites to me, until I read Texas Tomboy and thought Mrs Lenske had finally let me down I have not ever read of a meaner girl than the protagonist Charlotte Clarissa Carter aka Charlie Boy who preferred overalls to dresses, and ranching over everything She was rough and wild, and did terrible things like shoot snakes for the fun of it and drow Lois Lenski was writing Newberry Winning Books before I was even born a long time ago and they have endured the test of time Some had become favorites to me, until I read Texas Tomboy and thought Mrs Lenske had finally let me down I have not ever read of a meaner girl than the protagonist Charlotte Clarissa Carter aka Charlie Boy who preferred overalls to dresses, and ranching over everything She was rough and wild, and did terrible things like shoot snakes for the fun of it and drown kittens But things changed in the story, and so did my opinion I fell in love with the book and all that it encompassed Texas Tomboy is a part of a series called Regionals, stories from various areas of our United States that not only entertain, but teach about special places and special times Another Lenski regional that I missed reading maybe my hometown library didn t have it I didn t like this story as much as others in the series Charlotte Charlie Carter wants to live on her family s ranch and be a cowboy just like her father There s been a bad drought and she learns how perilous the family finances are. I ve given all the books in this series five stars because of the breadth of experiences the author has presented I would like my children to read these books and think about the value of the different experiences of others. This is part of a very good series about how different live in America was like in the middle of the last century They are dated, now, but I think they would still be great series to read to your kids This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is probably the lowest rating I ll ever give a Lois Lenski book I ve loved most of her other books the stories are full of interesting cultural and regional details without being boring and didactic, and the illustrations are charming.However, I didn t like the main character in the book, and so it was difficult to enjoy it Well, that, and honestly, I m living in West Texas at the moment, not my choice, and not loving it, so I suppose I wasn t going to LOVE the setting either I did lear This is probably the lowest rating I ll ever give a Lois Lenski book I ve loved most of her other books the stories are full of interesting cultural and regional details without being boring and didactic, and the illustrations are charming.However, I didn t like the main character in the book, and so it was difficult to enjoy it Well, that, and honestly, I m living in West Texas at the moment, not my choice, and not loving it, so I suppose I wasn t going to LOVE the setting either I did learn a lotabout the background of West Texas, the climate and culture and all It was interesting to learn that I just didn t like Charlotte Charlie Boy I know she s supposed to be an immature and selfish character who matures over the course of the book I was a tomboy myself, so you think I d sympathize with her, but I don t Not only was she a tomboy, she was a selfish, spoiled, heartless little girl I probably hold against her most that she had no problem drowning a litter of kittens I understand the logic behind it, and it was common enough in its time But to not even have a twinge of guilt or sadness over it seems dreadful to me I was glad when I was finally finished this book and I was glad to see Charlie boy finally matured a bit.The high point of the book for me, though, was the unexpected environmental lesson at the end of the book A hard lesson had been learned that man himself suffers most when his hand despoils the earth and robs it of its legitimate fruits A nice sentiment to stumble across in a book written in 1950 Charlotte, who prefers to be called Charlie, is an eight year old growing up on a Texas cattle ranch She loves to ride out with her father everyday and help him with ranch duties She has no interest in wearing dresses, helping her mother in the house, or going to school She memorizes a poem only so her uncle will get her a horse She is the Texas Tomboy.Texas is in the third year of a drought Not a drop of rain has fallen, the cattle are dying of thirst and hunger, and Charlie s ranch is in Charlotte, who prefers to be called Charlie, is an eight year old growing up on a Texas cattle ranch She loves to ride out with her father everyday and help him with ranch duties She has no interest in wearing dresses, helping her mother in the house, or going to school She memorizes a poem only so her uncle will get her a horse She is the Texas Tomboy.Texas is in the third year of a drought Not a drop of rain has fallen, the cattle are dying of thirst and hunger, and Charlie s ranch is in danger For her mother, ranching is too hard and stark She longs to move into town and tries in vain to get Charlie to act like a girl.I liked this story as much as my other well loved Lenski books, because Charlie is one of the most complex characters yet Her stubborn determination is looked upon as selfishness by her mother and older sister, but her dad encourages her to becomes a ranch woman His only son, the youngest in the family, is not a sturdy lad and is a bit of a mama s boy.Because of their war with nature and the hardships, Charlie grows up fast and learns to understand the people around her but she never loses her sense of who she is and what she wants As it turns out, the mother is the selfish one but she learns her own lessons.Good stuff I wish I had read this one when I was growing up Lois Lenski died shortly after my first birthday My mother s collection of picture books from her childhood had a many a Lenski title So her books were part of my childhood Recently I discovered her longer books at my local library and I ve been checking them out as a I have the time.My most recent Lenski read was Texas Tomboy It s the story of a rough and ready girl who can ride a horse better than anyone and has a temper that needs reining in She and her family are going through a rough d Lois Lenski died shortly after my first birthday My mother s collection of picture books from her childhood had a many a Lenski title So her books were part of my childhood Recently I discovered her longer books at my local library and I ve been checking them out as a I have the time.My most recent Lenski read was Texas Tomboy It s the story of a rough and ready girl who can ride a horse better than anyone and has a temper that needs reining in She and her family are going through a rough drought spelled drout in the book that s likely to kill their cattle and lose them the ranch.Texas Tomboy should have been a slam dunk for me I normally love this sort of story and it certainly brought to mind other excellent novels namely, Buffalo Grass by Frank Gruber, Dude Woman and Arizona both by Clarence Budington Kelland Somehow though I never connected with the story or the main character She seemed inconsistent and completely oblivious to the hardship her family was facing And that lack of empathy or basic awareness made her too unlikeable a character for me.That said, the book does have Lenski s delightful illustrations and it does provide a glimpse of the hardships of raising cattle and homesteading in drought prone Texas I really enjoy Lois Lenski booksthey give such a detailed, authentic look at a place and time in American history that I may not know much about I enjoyed all of the references to Texas that I ve come to love, but her heroine in this book was not one of my favorites Being a tomboy is one thing being rude and disrespectful and disobedient is another and she seems to get away with an awful lot of that just because she is a tomboy Other than that, it was a sweet story of a family and com I really enjoy Lois Lenski booksthey give such a detailed, authentic look at a place and time in American history that I may not know much about I enjoyed all of the references to Texas that I ve come to love, but her heroine in this book was not one of my favorites Being a tomboy is one thing being rude and disrespectful and disobedient is another and she seems to get away with an awful lot of that just because she is a tomboy Other than that, it was a sweet story of a family and community making ends meet during a three year drought