Poppins Book Nook! September Book Review and Giveaway

Poppins Book Nook main image 2014 - 2015Welcome to my addition to this month’s Poppins Book Nook!  The theme for September is “The Wild West.”  I’ve found a charming book about a cowboy who learns how to hang onto his cowboy duds while he’s out riding the range lassoing longhorns.

a Fall 2014 168Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton acquaints us, in story form, with a taste of what life was like for cowboys roaming the prairies and rounding up cattle.  Why Cowboys Sleep with Their Boots On introduces readers to Slim Jim Watkins, a cowboy who, exhausted after a day’s roundup, loses his cowboy clothing to various Plains wildlife night after night.

a Fall 2014 169He never sees any of the animals who visit him, but we do!  And he finally learns a thing or two about just how a cowboy sleeps AND hangs onto his stuff!

James Rice’s illustrations communicate beautifully the beauty and barrenness of Plains cowboy life, and we meet a variety of animals who populated the prairie in Why Cowboys Sleep with Their Boots On.  This wonderful book opens many doors for Wild West unit study; I’ve listed just a few below!

  • Learn about the kinds of animals that American cowboys would have met as they rounded up cows.  What kinds of homes do they have?  What do they eat?  Are they still around today?  Examine the lives and habitats of armadillos, jackrabbits, coyotes, rattlesnakes.  And don’t forget longhorn cattle and the cowboy’s trusty friend, his horse!
  • Take your family to a rodeo!  If you’re not sure where one might be, visit RodeoUSA for their list of 2014 rodeos in both the U.S. and Canada.
  • If you can’t make it to an actual rodeo, visit TravelChannel.com for their fun slide show of American rodeos and stock shows.
  • Cook a family dinner like the chuckwagon cooks used to make!  You could prepare hobo dinners wrapped in foil, baked beans, peach cobbler.  You might want to forego the coffee, if you’d like your kids to get any sleep.
  • Camp out in your backyard!  Take your sleeping bags, or, if you don’t want to “rough it,” you can always set up your family tent.  Follow Slim Jim’s example and try sleeping in your clothes!

And now, read on for the Poppins Book Nook giveaway for September’s Wild West category!

Wild West Learning Bundle GiveawayWild West Learning Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month.  This month one lucky cowpoke will strike gold and win a bundle of fun for the theme of the Wild West. This bundle will include a copy of the storybook Westward Ho!: An Activity Guide to the Wild West (Hands-On History) and one Wild West Toob. So mozzy down to the corral for your chance to win today!

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.

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Poppins Book Nook Themes 2014 - 2015And don’t forget to visit the other Poppins Book Nook co-hosts to see what they’ve shared for this month’s Wild West Book Nook!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual MayhemPreschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

And Jill at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, the founder and owner of Poppins Book Nook, has an amazing website.  You can visit her at enchantedhomeschoolingmom!

Enjoy!  –Wren

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