Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman is the first book in the series devoted to the friendship of a cowgirl and her stubborn horse. With its bright illustrations and vibrant text, this book is bound to be a hit with young readers.
It’s time to herd the cattle, but Cocoa is thirsty. Anxiously waiting, Cowgirl Kate asks if Cocoa is ready. He sniffs around her saddlebag, and tells Kate that he’s hungry. So she gives him an apple, then another, and another! Kate calls Cocoa a pig, but Cocoa states that he is a cowhorse. Kate then wonders, if Cocoa is a cowhorse then why isn’t he herding any cows! Cocoa says he is too full to herd cows. Kate tells him a story about when she picked him out of all the other horses to be her horse. After the story, Cocoa is ready to herd the cows.
One morning Cowgirl Kate brings a box into the barn. It is a surprise for Cocoa. Cocoa can hardly wait to find out what is inside the box. He asks if it’s cookies or apple pie. Kate tells Cocoa he has to eat his breakfast. Cocoa tips over his bucket of oats and claims he is done with breakfast and that he wants his surprise. Kate says she has to groom Cocoa before he gets his surprise. So, she curries him, brushes him, and cleans his hooves. Cocoa cannot wait for his surprise; he pushes open the box and takes a big bite. It is a straw hat. Cocoa says that there are three holes, when there should only be two and Kate laughs and tells Cocoa to eat his breakfast next time instead of his surprise.
Cowgirl Kate is counting cows, but Cocoa is talking and messing her up. Cocoa is hungry so he leans down to eat some grass. Kate decides she will count the cows herself, but she is too short to see them on the ground. She climbs on the fence, but still can’t see all the cows. She starts to climb up the tallest tree, when Cocoa cries for her to come down. Cocoa is worried that Kate will fall and hurt herself. Kate climbs down and hops onto Cocoa. Together, they count the rest of the cows.
Cowgirl Kate decides to sleep in the barn with Cocoa. They say goodnight, and Kate crawls into her sleeping bag. Cocoa wakes Kate up and asks for her to fluff his straw. She climbs out of her sleeping bag and fluffs his straw. Once she has gone back into her sleeping bag, Cocoa asks Kate for food. Begrudgingly, she gets out of her bag, gives him carrots, and crawls back into bed. Cocoa then asks her to fill his water bin! Kate does so and then climbs into bed and tells Cocoa to think about sleeping. Now Kate cannot fall asleep. She wakes up Cocoa, and he sings her a lullaby to help her fall asleep.
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