A COWBOY CHRISTMAS: The Miracle at Lone Pine Ridge

Audrey Wood, Author, Robert Florczak, Illustrator , illus. by Robert Florczak. S&S $19.95 (48p) ISBN 978-0-689-82190-5

When Evan, a fatherless boy, senses danger one Christmas Eve, his prayers help save his favorite cowboy, Cully, from a chilly death. They also set in motion a chain of happy events for Evan and his ma. The somewhat overwrought tale is nonetheless fluidly told, and Florczak's (previously teamed with Wood for The Rainbow Bridge) realistic oil paintings, aglow with light and shadow, make ample use of the Western setting. Scenes of cowboys camped around a fire inject a dose of humor, while stunning paintings of Cully's riderless horse on a snowy cliff and Evan's mother strolling with Cully under leafy birch trees convey the dramatic events. All ages. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 09/24/2001
Release date: 10/01/2001
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