Monday, February 09, 2009

Home on the Range: John A. Lomax and His Cowboy Songs by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by S.D. Schindler

When John Lomax was growing up in Texas back in the 1800s, he loved to listen to the songs sung by local cowboys. He loved them so much, he started collecting them. Little did he know that his boyhood collection would turn into his life's work! This picture book biography of America's premiere folklorist is both one man's story about persevering over the naysayers and an engaging introduction to the history of history--specifically the idea that telling the stories of everyday people is just as important as telling about kings and battles. Recommended for grades 3-6. Check availability

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