The Cowboy's Christmas
Joan Walsh Anglund ~ Atheneum, 1972
Sometimes you get lucky when it comes to digging up old childhood memories. I was happy to find reprints of this 1970s series I loved so much when I was a girl. I don't remember which ones I had (if any) but this hugely adorable collection (that also includes The Brave Cowboy, Cowboy's Secret Life, and Cowboy and His Friend) was a favorite. My mother loved Anglund, so we received loads of her books during the holidays. It only seems right that I must have owned one Cowboy tale at some point.
Much like the imaginary friends you find in Eloise, we see the real life Cowboy as shown in black always shadowed by his secret friends and world in red. DE-LIGHT-FUL!Once there was a cowboy who was especially busy (and so was his friend, Bear). Every day he has lots to do. Some days he wrote things and some days he made things and some days he just wished for things. But every day...he was busy!You can relate, no? Despite all this busy-busy, Cowboy always stays gracious and polite, never loses his temper. All the way up through making cookies and wrapping presents he stays a good boy, setting an awesome example for all us b**ches out there who cuss strangers in the mall parking lot and down bottles of wine during the holidays just to stay relaxed. He's a good kid. We can all take a lesson from his calm and cool. I suppose if I had a fuzzy, cuddly bear to keep me company all day long, I wouldn't be so grumpy either. Must be nice.
Love is a Special Way of Feeling
Nibble Nibble Mousekin