Texas Jack, the long-eared jackrabbit, tellsthe story of how rodeos came about in this latest full-color book byauthor/illustrator James Rice. In this tale young readers learn about the threeR's-"ropin', ridin', and rasslin'."Rodeo got its start in the days of roundups and big cattle drives.Cowboy Rodeo tells about life on the trail and how roping calves, bareback riding, and bulldogging became rodeo events. Using colorfulSouthwestern cowboy vernacular, Texas Jack explains the hard-working, competitive lifestyle of cowboys and how rodeos allowed them to test theirskills or simply prove their toughness.James Rice's lively illustrations make this a beautiful as well aseducational addition to any child's library. Though intended for children, hiswork has a sizable following among grown-ups as well. James Rice is widelyrecognized as the South's leading author/illustrator of children's books. He isthe author and illustrator of Cowboy Alphabet, Cowboy NightBefore Christmas, and Texas Jack at the Alamo .He is best known for his Christmas titles, including Cajun NightBefore Christmas . He also created the Gaston the Green-NosedAlligator series.James Rice, born in Texas, studied art at the University of Texas andStephen F. Austin College. For many years he taught art and music at schools inTexas and Louisiana. He is also an accomplished clarinetist and sculptor.