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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
Little Rosie Rodeo: Cowgirl for Reals is a children’s picture book by Lexi Kinney with full-color illustrations by Marinella Aguirre. Little Rosie and her horse and best friend, B-Bars, compete in several rodeo events to win “buckles that sparkle like stars.” The events include barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending, and ribbon roping. At the end of the day, Little Rosie has won several buckles and she and B-Bars enjoyed a fun if dusty day together at the rodeo. The vivid illustrations not only convey the friendship and fun that Rosie and her horse share, but they depict the detailed steps in the rodeo events themselves at a level suitable for small children to understand.
In Little Rosie Rodeo, Kinney gives children a fun-filled, action-packed story written in rhyme. Rosie is a happy and courageous cowgirl to the core. She loves to race fast and she’s honed her skills. For children who like horses, the friendship between Little Rosie and B-Bars is real. For all that Rosie wanted the buckles, she makes it clear that B-Bars matters the most. As someone who has watched a few rodeos as a child, I appreciate how Kinney educates small children on rodeo eventing using both narrative and illustration. The meaning of friendship, reaching for goals, striving to do your best, fair play, a healthy competitive spirit, and appreciation for the American tradition of rodeo eventing are all topics which parents can fold into discussions with their child as they read or listen to the rhyme and study the details of the illustrations. A delightful read.