Once upon a time, there was a sweet cowgirl named Cindy Ellen, who lived with the orneriest stepmother west of the Mississippi and two stepsisters who were so nasty, they made rattlesnakes look nice! But when a fast-talkin’ fairy godmother teaches Cindy Ellen a little lesson about gumption, Cindy lassos first place at the rodeo and the heart of Joe Prince…. You may think you’ve heard the story before—but you’ll get a side-splittin’ bellyache after you’re through with this hilarious rendition told Wild West-style!
<p>Susan Lowell’s family has lived in the American West since Gold Rush days. She is the author of several picture books for children, including <em>The Three Little Javelinas, </em> a Reading Rainbow Book, and <em>The Bookmaker and the Elves, </em> winner of a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Her novels for older children are <em>I Am Lavina Cumming</em> and <em>The Boy with the Paper Wings.</em> She and her husband and their two daughters divide their time between Tucson, AZ, and a ranch near the Mexican border.
<p><strong>Jane Manning</strong> is the illustrator of dozens of children’s books, including the I Can Read books <em>Baa-Choo!</em> by Sarah Weeks and the <em>New York Times</em> bestselling <em>The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches</em> by Alice Low. She lives in Connecticut.</p>