It was a beautiful piece of leather, smooth as silk and tough as a tornado. In fact, it was the best-looking leather you ever saw. An old cowhand gave it to a young cowboy as a gift. The cowboy cut it up and made a handsome pair of chaps for himself. He said he'd wear those chaps 'til the cows came home. But months of roping and riding wore a hole in one of the legs. That made the cowboy sad, and it set him to thinking. His chaps may be worn out, but he still had some of the beautiful leather. And as long as the cowboy had that leather, he knew he had possibilities. Jodi Icenoggle's endearing story, with lively illustrations by Normand Chartier, is adapted from a traditional Jewish folktale. This time-honored tale finds new life on a cattle ranch in the American West. An author's note and a glossary of Western slang adds to the enjoyment of this story about a piece of leather and a resourceful cowboy.
About the Author
Jodi Icenoggle grew up in the prairie land of Montana and combines her love of the West with a favorite folktale. She still lives in Bozeman, Montana.
Normand Chartier was named a Distinguished Connecticut Author by the Hartford Courant/Mark Twain Committee. He lives in Brooklyn, Connecticut.
"The details in the illustrations extend the sense of tranquility and gentle family relationships. . . . This delightful cowboy interpretation of an old Jewish folktale is sure to bring the readers home." --Kirkus Reviews
"[A]n engaging story." --School Library Journal