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conrad and the cowgirlDenette Fretz once again has done a lovely job of telling a story full of laughter and at same time, teaching children…and their parents…an important lesson. Love your enemies. Be a friend to those you like, and those you don’t like. Even when someone drives you crazy, love them anyway. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all did this?

In Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door, a very adorable Conrad is off to learn to be a cowboy with the help of his Uncle Clint.  As he attempts to learn the rules all cowboys must know, an annoying neighbor, Imogene, is always there to point out what he doesn’t know. When given an opportunity to celebrate a misstep of Imogene, Conrad comes to the rescue.

My test audience (my two boys) found this book to be funny. They loved the pictures which helped explain some ideas they might not have understood otherwise. For example, my boys are not aware of what extra cayenne pepper might do to a stew. But a picture of steam blowing out someone’s ears paints a definition for them. The illustrations are wonderful, full of color and expression.

As my Kindergarten age son was far more delighted with this book than my Second Grader, I find the age appropriateness to be between the ages of 4-8. There will be more explaining to do on the younger end.  I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher, Zonderkidz, and BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.