We have some wonderful tall tales in our culture that excite our imaginations of our children, but this is the story of a real man who lived and wrestled the American West. Bob Lemmon, a former slave, was an amazing African American cowboy. This gritty tale which transports readers to the wide open spaces and the house of nature, centers on a time when Bob and his talented horse, Warrior, worked their way inside a herd of wild mustangs, gained their trust and then fought the lead stallion for control. Wow! The mind stretching illustrations of Jerry Pinkney offer a scent of the dirt and the horses and the feel of the wind and the rain. It was tough work and offered challenge upon challenge and this team of man and horse partnered to achieve their goal of corralling the horses. Talk about a real man. (and I don't think there was any bling in sight)
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses
Dial, May 1998
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