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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
If you could read the mind of a bull, what do you think it would say? Bull riding is such an awesome event, yet is an extremely dangerous sport. Bull riding takes a lot of skill, flexibility, and courage. As a bull rider, you need to be adept enough to know the bull and have the ability to hang on and ride the bull’s back for about eight seconds in order to win the event. It may look easy, but it is not. If the bull bucks you off, you not only can get hurt by being trampled by the bull, but you will lose the event or become disqualified.
Easy 8: A Bull's View by Carrolyn Foster is a beautiful, colorful children’s book where your child will learn and become intrigued as they read about the bull riding event. In this story, there is a twist in that it is written from the bull’s perspective, which makes the story much funnier. Let’s meet the bulls: Toronado; Digger, the small horned snot slinger; Freckles, a black bull with a white face; Spirit Wind, a Native American bull with a dark gray head, massive hump and long horns; Ozzie, a black bull with some white on his feet and belly with no horns; and Foley, the greatest bull of them all. As each bull rider begins the event, readers hear what each bull has to say to the bull rider, they taunt and forewarn the bull riders about how they will lose.
I learned a lot about the various types of bulls and their looks, from small to long horns, massive humps, and snot slingers. The pictures were also beautiful and I was able to gauge a lot about the bull riding industry. I have watched bull riding at various rodeos, but found them to be scary to watch because I fully understand those bull riders can get hurt. But I loved the way that Carrolyn Foster turned things around and made a serious occupation into a fun and educational event. If you and your child want to learn more about the bull riding industry and hear things from the bull’s perspective, this is a great book. Enjoy!