Buchanan to review a classic Western


by Jennie Buchanan - jbuchanan@okhistory.org



Will James wrote and illustrated Smokey, The Cowhorse drawing on his experiences as a ranch hand as well as a rodeo cowboy.


The Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library will hear a review presented by Joe Buchanan. Buchanan will review the ageless classic western written and illustrated by Will James, “Smokey, The Cowhorse”. The presentation will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Altus Public Library.

When readers comment on Smokey, they say: it brought back fond memories; it’s a very good story; it’s a Will James classic; I loved it as a kid; and I love it as an adult; and it’s one of the best horse stories ever. In fact, Will James was a cowboy, an author, and an illustrator and was excellent at all three callings with several classics to his credit including Smokey, The Cowhorse; Scorpion, A Good Bad Horse; Sun Up: Tales of the Cow Camps; and The American Cowboy. The book won the Newberry Medal in 1927 for the best contribution to American children’s literature.

“If you like horse stories, this one has got to be the best one there ever was! Will James really knows horses,” commented Buchanan. “As I read the book, it brought to mind many cowboys and horses I’ve known. I’ll share some of those stories during the book review.”

“I’m pretty sure that when Joe opened his present from me last Christmas and saw that it was a copy of Smokey, The Cowhorse, he knew he was going to be asked to do a book review for the Coffee Cup Bunch,” explained Jennie Buchanan, program chair for the Coffee Cup Bunch. “I knew he’d enjoy the book, and I knew we’d enjoy his stories about the book.

Joe Is a firefighter for the City of Altus and a partner with his brother and sister in the Buckin’ B Ranch. He and his wife Carol are the parents of two sons who are now OSU Cowboys and a daughter who is a radiologist in the Dallas area.

The Coffee Cup Bunch meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the Altus Public Library. The meetings are free and open to the public.

Will James wrote and illustrated Smokey, The Cowhorse drawing on his experiences as a ranch hand as well as a rodeo cowboy.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_CoffeeCupIllustration.jpgWill James wrote and illustrated Smokey, The Cowhorse drawing on his experiences as a ranch hand as well as a rodeo cowboy.

by Jennie Buchanan

jbuchanan@okhistory.org

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