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Mom’s Choice Awards® honoring           &          Kid-tested, Story Monster Approved

                              Excellence Gold Seal recipients         

The Gingerbread Cowboy -- can run from the rancher's wife, he can dash past the javalinas and he can giddyup right by the cattle grazing on the mesa.  But what happens when he meets a coyote sleeping in the sun?

GRACIE JANE has a heart as big as the Western sky, and she's always ready to lend a helping hand. So, she doesn't think twice about rescuing Fifi La Rue and taking the lost pup home.

After all, how much trouble could one little dog be on a great big ranch?

It's nonstop fun and excitement when one good deed turns this cowgirl's life upside down!

​                    ​WILL ROGERS MEDALLION AWARD 2019

The adventure of a young groundhog who is frightened of his shadow until a fun-filled journey through the woods and farms surrounding his burrow allows him to discover his courage on Groundhog Day.

An author's note provides factual information about Groundhogs. Cross curriculum connections for: Folklore, Shadows, Groundhog Day, and Groundhogs.

Check out Activities For Kids to find Literature, Science, and Math pages for classroom use.

Mom’s Choice Awards® honoring Excellence Gold Seal recipient 2019


"Just Like Gulliver" is a very intriguing and educational read. This adventurous story has a storyline with groundhogs and even includes in the back of the book, "All About Groundhogs." I am a second grade teacher who will read this story to my students and will revolve a worksheet and fun activity to include with Groundhogs Day. I would one hundred percent recommend this story to any teacher, parent, or even library. The story stands out among others with it's beautiful illustrations, engaging dialogue, and facts about Groundhogs Day…This is a must read for all teachers, parents, and anyone!

          – Heather   Book Reviewer and Teacher 2022 

​​"Charmingly written and delightfully illustrated ... "Just Like Gulliver" is a picture book for young readers ages 4 to 7 that shares the adventure of a young groundhog who is frightened of his shadow until a fun-filled journey through the woods and farms surrounding his burrow allows him to discover his courage on Groundhog Day. Thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end, "Just Like Gulliver" is especially recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections."

        -- Midwest Book Review, December 2016

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"Gracie Jane" is the first title of a cowgirl series that is full of action, humor, charm, and character. Written in exciting action prose with a hint of rhyme, and fully color illustrated, ... Kids will love the amazing tricks and troubles that just sprout around Fifi La Rue on the ranch. One scrape after another, Gracie Jane's refrain is, " Fifi La Rue, what did you do?" The overwhelming good humor of Gracie Jane is exemplary in view of the many escapades of Fifi la Rue. For a larger than life portrait of an honest Western cowgirl, read the series of adventures that begins with "Gracie Jane." – Midwest Book Review June 2019

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5.0 out of 5 stars "super"  Reviewed in France on May 5, 2021 Client d'Amazon

Five Stars  "A great contrast to the traditional English version. Used it in KS1."    

            —Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 2, 2015

"A delightful, infectiously cheerful, Southwestern rendition of a familiar story. Phrases used to describe biscuits, such as "plump as pillows, soft as clouds and tasty as a big Texas Barbecue," just roll off the tongue ..." The lively text demands to be read aloud ... A fresh version of an old favorite."
— School Library Journal, August, 2006

"Sure to delight youngsters, as well as introduce them to the flora, fauna and geography of the west ... A welcome change of setting for the Gingerbread Man, sure to find a spot on the library shelf."
— Kirkus Reviews, July, 2006