Albert Whitman & Company | 32 pages Ages: 4-7 | ISBN: 978-0-8075-2931-7   Illustrations copyright © 2014 by   Suzanne Beaky

Albert Whitman & Company | 32 pages
Ages: 4-7 | ISBN: 978-0-8075-2931-7
 Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Suzanne Beaky


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The Original Cowgirl

The Wild Adventures of Lucille Mulhall

In the early 1900s, girls were expected to sew and cook and be ladylike. Lucille Mulhall didn't give a lick about any of that. She loved swinging her lariat and riding the range. By the time she was in her teens, Lucille knew how to rope cattle, break broncos, and even lasso a wolf! She wasn't afraid of getting hurt—or of what other people thought about her. Soon she was thrilling the crowds at rodeos, where she'd compete against men—and win!

The amazing true story of the fearless woman who broke records, defied society's expectations, and became known as the "original cowgirl."

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"The story of famed rodeo queen Lucille Mulhall is retold as a lesson in girl power and following one's dreams . . . there's no lack of sass and color . . . Mulhall may not be a household name, but Lang makes her memorable for anyone who admires go-getters who beat the odds and break barriers."Kirkus Reviews

"The lighthearted text is matched by expressive, cartoon-style illustrations that show the fear, determination, pride, and jubilation this indomitable woman experienced. A more detailed afterword and time line flesh out Mulhall's life. VERDICT An inspiration to young riders, this title will round out biography sections." School and Library Journal 

"Zesty art and energetic prose with folksy inflections tell the tale of the original 'girl cowboy.'"  The Horn Book 


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2016 Massachusetts Must Read Book Award