Children and Southwest

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Cocky


Loyd Tireman
Illustrated by Ralph Douglass

Cocky, a rollicking little roadrunner, joins baby jack rabbit Hop-a-long and the other creatures of the desert in the fourth book of the Mesaland Series. The small, gawky bird with his long bill and peculiar running gait first frightens his neighbors, then makes them laugh. But they learn to love and respect him after he defeats the enemy rattlesnake in an exciting fight. New characters featured in this story include field mice, lizards, and a nest-robbing hawk. A villager, rooster, and hunter also keep Cocky jumping.

First published between 1943 and 1949 and now available again, the seven books in the Mesaland Series introduce a new generation of readers to the animals and plants of the great Southwest.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Born in Orchard, Iowa, Loyd Tireman (1896–1959) was a pioneer in bilingual and community education. In 1927 Tireman began his thirty-two-year career at the University of New Mexico as a professor of elementary education. In 1947 Tireman established a curriculum materials center, which grew into a library located at the University of New Mexico College of Education.

Ralph Douglass (1895–1971) was a professor in the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico.

Evelyn Yrisarri was a member of the National Storyteller’s League of Washington, DC, and specialized in storytelling for young children.

ACCLAIM

“All of the characters exude their own charm, their own cuteness, even their own cunning. . . . Those qualities will entice young readers to follow the characters in their encounters with wildlife and humans.”

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Albuquerque Journal



“[Douglass’s] timeless illustrations for the Mesaland Series mix a pulpy comic-book flair he developed as a cartoonist with an attention to line detail and facial and body expressions that he must have developed as an oil painter.”

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Pasatiempo



“With its eye-catching artwork, stories focused on Southwestern animals and mid-century charm, these tales of woodpeckers, jackrabbits, coyotes and other creatures of the desert are sure to make a handsome addition to any child’s, or adult collector’s, bookshelf.”

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Weekly Alibi



“A thoroughly enchanting tale of Cocky the roadrunner. Animal and bird characters carry on with humor and drama. . . . Illustrated with verve and hilarious impudence.”

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Library Journal



“Like all classic children’s literature, the Mesaland Series retains its timeless appeal.”

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New Mexico Magazine




6 x 8 in. 48 pages 48 color illustrations