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Zeb! The cow's on the roof again : and other tales of early Texas dwellings / written and illustrated by Scott Arbuckle.

By: Arbuckle, Scott.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Austin, Tex. : Eakin Press, c1996Edition: 1st ed.Description: vii, 128 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 1571681027; 9781571681027.Subject(s): Dwellings -- Texas -- Juvenile fiction | Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- Juvenile fiction | Texas -- Juvenile fiction | Children's stories, AmericanDDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.A6743 | Ze 1996
Contents:
Old Quatl -- Burning tipi -- The great hunt -- Kidnapped -- Hard work! -- The last chance -- Daddy's dying -- Diggin' into a surprise -- Sod stackin' -- There's a reason for that fence -- Soddie, sweet soddie -- Frontier architect -- A mansion for the Kerns -- The party -- Stuck in a dog-trot -- Dirt balls -- Camping at Dr. Zeke's -- The big hotel -- Swingers.
Summary: A collection of stories introducing the dwellings of some early Texas inhabitants, including the Comanche tipi, the settlers' dugouts and dogtrots, and the Greek Revival mansion of the Civil War period.
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A collection of stories introducing the dwellings of some early Texas inhabitants, including the Comanche tipi, the settlers' dugouts and dogtrots, and the Greek Revival mansion of the Civil War period.

Old Quatl -- Burning tipi -- The great hunt -- Kidnapped -- Hard work! -- The last chance -- Daddy's dying -- Diggin' into a surprise -- Sod stackin' -- There's a reason for that fence -- Soddie, sweet soddie -- Frontier architect -- A mansion for the Kerns -- The party -- Stuck in a dog-trot -- Dirt balls -- Camping at Dr. Zeke's -- The big hotel -- Swingers.

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Gr 3-7‘The link between people and their dwellings certainly has its warmly humorous moments in these four tales. Arbuckle tells stories about Comanche tipis, frontier soddies, plantation homes, and, finally (a stretch), the city-as-home during the Depression, when Texas was in demographic transition from innumerable dusty farmlands to urban diversity. The four 12-year-old protagonists are engaging and they tell their stories convincingly, allowing only an occasional didactic dig at some social injustice to intrude on an otherwise interesting tale of building‘or seeking‘a home. In "Coati's Mistake," a girl must make a new tipi for her family after she accidentally destroys their old one while playing with the campfire. In "The Sod-House," Zeb finds himself in charge after his father's death. Zeb, his mother, and his little brother discover some unexpected frontier camaraderie and readers get a charming lesson in building a home out of dirt and trees using only a shovel, an ax, and sweaty perseverance. Arbuckle himself provides the vivid ink drawings as well as detailed cross sections describing the architecture at hand. The storytelling is a bit uneven but the author's architectural enthusiasm intertwined with tales of "frontier resourcefulness" is downright contagious.‘John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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