Zayda Was a Cowboy
A 2006 Notable Children's Book of Jewish Content by the Association of Jewish Libraries
A Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition Award Winner (Association of Jewish Libraries)
Preview the Prologue from Zayda Was a Cowboy [PDF]
Read Chapter 6 of Zayda Was a Cowboy: A New Me [PDF]
Read A Conversation with author June Levitt Nislick . [PDF]
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"The true charm of the story is in listening to Zayda tell it... Seldom does a written narrative so resemble human speech and just as seldom does narrative style establish character as well as this does."
- Jewish Book World
"The facts of cowboy work will fascinate kids, as will the seldom-told immigration story.... This will make a great read-aloud; the story will interest kids no matter what their religious background."
- American Library Association Booklist
"Though its characters are fictional, its Old World and New World adventures are historically accurate, often fascinating, sometimes humorous, and thoroughly empathetic.... an entertaining, rewarding read."
- Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
"Nislick's historical fiction provides multicultural experiences that are good lessons for all.... Boys would enjoy the adventures of Zayda as a cowboy, and there are parts of this book that are laugh-out-loud funny."
- Multicultural Review
But as Zayda starts telling Bill and his brother Danny the fascinating story of his life, a story filled with many extraordinary dangers and adventures, the boys begin to see their grandfather in a whole new light. From why, as a young boy, he was forced to flee his Russian village for America to how he eventually became a cowboy, Zayda holds the boys captive with his amazing tale.
Like Zayda's grandsons, young readers -- and their parents and teachers -- will also be entranced by Zayda's saga. While the characters are fictional, Zayda's experiences are historically correct and are a colorful retelling of a fascinating yet little-known time of Jewish-American history.
This book, like Zayda himself -- funny, touching, and memorable -- is destined to be a favorite of Jewish and non-Jewish children alike, teachers, librarians, and educators for many years to come.