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Boss of the plains : the hat that won the West / by Laurie Carlson ; pictures by Holly Meade.

By: Carlson, Laurie M, 1952-.
Contributor(s): Meade, Holly [ill.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : DK Ink/DK Pub., 1998Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0789424797; 9780789424792.Subject(s): Stetson, John Batterson, 1830-1906 -- Juvenile literature | Hatters -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Hat trade -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature | Hats -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literatureAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Boss of the plains.DDC classification: 338.7/6874/092 | B LOC classification: HD9948.U62 | S7425 1998Summary: The story of John Stetson and how he came to create the most popular hat west of the Mississippi.
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The story of John Stetson and how he came to create the most popular hat west of the Mississippi.

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Gr 2-4‘Usually taken for granted as a symbol of the West, the Stetson hat, or "Boss of the Plains," has finally had its story told. In a picture-book format, with fictionalized conversation, Carlson weaves a lively and information-packed narrative that will have wide appeal. Tracing John Stetson's journey from his family's East Coast hat business to Pikes Peak, CO, his inspiration in creating the first "Boss of the Plains" for his own personal use, and his eventual production and marketing of the popular hat, Carlson demonstrates a storyteller's expertise in pacing, plot-building, and dialogue. The color cut-paper illustrations convey the activity and bustle of the boom-town West. Meade's scenes include women, children, Mexicans, and African Americans in a way that portrays the diversity of the West more accurately than usual, but because of this, the absence of Native Americans (except for the distant tipis on the first page) and Asian immigrants is more noticeable. A bibliography and acknowledgments at the end reveal that this entertaining picture book is indeed a well-researched work of nonfiction, appropriate for storytelling or reports.‘Nina Lindsay, Vista School, Albany, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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