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Charro: The Mexican Cowboy
by George Ancona
Charro is the Mexican term for horseman, but for Mexicans a charro is much more than a cowboy, He is a skilled rider of horses, bulls and bucking broncos, he is also an artist with a lariat, a model of gentlemanly dress and behavior, and a living symbol of Mexico's patriotic past. The book is also available in a Spanish language paperback edition.
Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1999
Age Level: 9-12
ISBN: 0-15-201047-5 (hardcover), 0-15-201792-5 (paperback)
"Ancona returns with another outstanding photo essay. This time he visits Guadalajara, Mexico on el Día del Charro, a day devoted to celebrating horsemanship. Ancona's pictures just keep getting better and better, moving readers forward with motion, color, and excitement. A "don't miss" from a master."
- School Library Journal
"The life of the Mexican horseman is explored in this handsome photo-essay. Ancona focuses mostly on the celebration known as el Día del Charro, taking the reader through the festivities of a day that begins with a church service, then moves to a huge arena for la charreada, a rodeo-like competition in which the cowboys, or charros, display their skills; women in bright, fancy dresses parade on horseback; and a mariachi band performs. Ancona's stunning color photographs capture the going-ons. Beautiful and informative,this book will satisfy any reader interested in the ways of today's cowboys."