The Cow's Boy
The Making of a Real Cowboy
by Charlotte Caldwell
photography by Charlotte Caldwell
published by Barn Board Press
- Growing up on a working cattle ranch involves some serious responsibilities but also rough-and-tumble fun. It’s a childhood connected to the natural rhythms and rewards of life on the land, surrounded by cows, pigs, chickens, and abundant wildlife. In The Cow’s Boy: The Making of a Real Cowboy, Charlotte Caldwell revels in the daily life of a boy on a ranch who raises Luna, a Black Angus heifer calf. Luna's Cow’s Boy feeds her and shelters her from the cold and snow. Spring eases into summer chores, driving the herd to higher pastures and moving wheel lines to water the alfalfa crop. But there’s also time to ride dirt bikes and climb trees. As Luna grows, so does her boy, rising to his responsibilities and teaching kids at a riding camp how to clean and groom horses. He also learns to use a lasso, to Luna’s chagrin.
Richly illustrated with 67 beautiful, action-filled full-color photographs, The Cow’s Boy is instantly engaging for readers aged 7 to 9, and the charismatic Luna and her boy will charm grownups reading to younger children. Told in a warm, playful voice, the story celebrates the joys and values of a close-knit family working and playing together on their slice of ranch paradise.
40 pages, 11 x 8.5, 67 color photos, 80 softcovers per case
ISBN 10: 1-59152-125-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-59152-125-9
|The Cow's Boy
The Making of a Real Cowboy
Raised on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Charlotte Caldwell graduated with a BA from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1974. She received Masters Degrees in Environmental Studies and in Special Education from other New England universities. As a photographer, naturalist, and preservationist, Charlotte captures the beauty of light as it touches landscapes, wildlife, buildings, and people. Her photograph books include The Cottages and Architects of Yeamans Hall and Visions and Voices: Montana’s One- Room Schoolhouses. Her work also appears in Antiques Magazine, Antiques and Fine Arts Magazine, newspapers, and newsletters. Through a juried photography show in 2010, she was chosen to present her insect photography to the North American Nature Photographers’ Association’s Annual Conference.
Charlotte serves on the non-profit boards of Montana Preservation Alliance and The Nature Conservancy of Montana. In addition to hiking, golfing, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors, she loves hanging with her husband, Jeffrey Schutz, their kids and grandkids. Charlotte, Jeffrey, and their dog, Phoebe, divide their time between their ranch outside Clyde Park, Montana, and their home in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina.