Cowgirls at home wanting something to read, look no further than the children’s book Corky Tails: Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush. Author Joni Franks and illustrator Raquel Rodriguez created a story that is charming to any age.
Sagebrush lives on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where she tries to help with the chores but dreams of being more useful one day. Born without a tail, she’s often the subject of ridicule from the other animals at the homestead who try to convince her that without her tail, she has no real value. It isn’t until the property is taken over by a young woman determined to make it as a rancher that Sagebrush finds she is worth more than she could ever imagine. The young woman knew all to well what it was like when people saw you as different and of little value. With the woman’s love and encouragement, Sagebrush grows to become one of the best cattle dogs at the ranch and earns the respect of the other animals.
Corky Tails: Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush is a heartwarming story to read to a child or for children to enjoy by themselves. It vividly portrays a valuable lesson on a subject all children can understand. And the story will continue, since Corky Tails: Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush is the first in a series of three books about the feisty pooch.
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Reviewed by Chris Enss, COWGIRL Book Editor, and a New York Times best-selling author who writes about women of the Old West.