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Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux

Let 'Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People's Champion

(2) K-3 Illustrated by Gordon C. James. Nelson and James's engrossing picture-book biography of African American cowboy and bronc buster George Fletcher (1890–1973) mainly focuses on the major event of his riding life: the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up. Folksy language ("Ranching fit George like made-to-measure boots") brings readers right into the era, and bold brushstrokes give the illustrations a dynamic feel suitable for the subject. Back matter provides further information about the round-up and its participants. Bib., glos.

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