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The Cowboy
An I Like to Read® Book Level F
by Hildegard Müller
Hildegard Müller, Illustrator

Reinforced | 24 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 14.95
ISBN: 9780823432028 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Easy Readers, Friendship, Acceptance & Belonging
Recommendations: K*, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
W.1.1, 3, 5, 8
RL.1.1-4, 6, 7, 9
L.1.1, 1c, 1d, 1j, 2, 2a, 4, 4c, 5, 5c
L.1.1, 1c, 1d, 1j, 2, 2a, 4, 4c, 5, 5c
RF.1.1, 1a, 2, 3, 3f, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-6

About the Book

Anna and her toy dog, Toto, are all set for the beach. Today Anna will give Toto a swimming lesson, and she has no time for the boy in the silly cowboy hat who watches them from the shore.

Toto is an excellent swimmer—but before long, he's bobbing out of reach. "TOTO!" Anna cries. None of the adults know what to do, but the boy in the silly cowboy hat has an idea. In no time at all, he has rescued Toto with his trusty lasso. Maybe that hat of his isn't so silly after all!

In this heartwarming story about mistaken first impressions, Hildegard Müller strikes the perfect endnote as the two new friends mosey off with Toto into a richly-hued sunset.


★ "It's rare to find a real story in a book that brand-new readers can tackle alone—Anna and Toto and the cowboy certainly deliver."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Charming . . . a gentle and subtly humorous story of finding friends in unexpected places.—Publishers Weekly

About the Series

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What is the story THE COWBOY mostly about? Retell the story in your own words and include who, what, where, when, how and why. Tell why you think the cowboy is a hero. RL.K-1.2, 3

2. Why do you think this story is called "The Cowboy"? Think of another good title for this story and create a cover illustration. RL.K-1.2, 3

3. Expand and combine two sentences from the story to make a new sentence. (Ex. This is my dog. His name is Toto. This is my dog and his name is Toto.) L.K.1, 1f / L.1, 1, 1j

4. Write a sentence and draw a picture telling what you think will happen next. W.K-1.3

Readers' Guide
THE COWBOY: An I Like to Read® Book, Level F
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.