Let ‘Er Buck! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is a wonderful picture book about the true story of George Fletcher.
The illustrations are done in what appears to be an oil painting effect, which adds to the books overall appeal and character. The vibrant colors, soft detail, and the excellent use of brush strokes to direct the eye towards the action, really excite me.
This book will appeal to teachers to looking to create lesson plans as it mentions other cowboys of color who may not be as well known. The book also features a wonderful glossary of rodeo and western words students would love.
Overall, Let ‘Er Buck George Fletcher, the People’s Champion is a wonderful children’s non-fiction book full about a man that may not be as known as he should be. This is a wonderful way to introduce children to lesser-known black history figures.
The true tale of a cowboy’s epic rodeo ride from acclaimed author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Caldecott Honoree Gordon C. James.
In 1911, three men were in the final round of the famed Pendleton Round-Up. One was white, one was Indian, and one was black. When the judges declared the white man the winner, the audience was outraged. They named black cowboy George Fletcher the “people’s champion” and took up a collection, ultimately giving Fletcher far more than the value of the prize that went to the official winner. Award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson tells the story of Fletcher’s unlikely triumph with a western flair that will delight kids—and adults—who love true stories, unlikely heroes, and cowboy tales.
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