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Cowboy Charlie

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Cowboy Charlie: The Story of Charles M. Russell by Jeanette Winter

Young Charles Russell wanted to be a cowboy, so just two weeks shy of his sixteenth birthday, the determined Charlie boarded a train heading to the frontier. There, in 1880, in the land of buffalo, Indians, and open prairie, Charlie found his home. And there he became a painter-but not just any painter. Today Charles M. Russell is considered one of the greatest artists of the American West and one who opened its door to so many.

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✒️ Author & illustrator

Author: Jeanette Winter

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Pony Express National Museum
Preserving the legacy and the legend.

Pony Express National Historic Trail

C.M. Russell Museum
Welcome to the C.M. Russell Museum: a place where the old West is still alive. Artist Charles M. Russell captured the landscapes, the spirit, and the culture of the West during the late 1800s and early 1900s. His artwork is part entertainment, part history lesson. We encourage you to explore our site and discover for yourself the life and times of C.M. Russell, and the legacy of art he left behind.

Charles Marion Russell
From Montana Kids' Site. A biography of Charles Marion Russell.

Cowboy Clip Art
Free clipart for lapbooks and notebooks

Charles Marion Russell Western American Master Painter
Print Reproductions and Note Cards, Southwestern Art

Why are we featuring this book?

Cowboy Charlie: The Story of Charles M. Russell is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for Cowboy Charlie: The Story of Charles M. Russell. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

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