Little Ree by Ree Drummond; illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers. 2017. Pen, ink, and watercolors. Published by Harper Collins.
Brief summary: City Girl Ree is excited about her family moving to the country and living with her grandparents. She notices how different the air smells, can see all the land to the horizon, and realizes how the pond reminds her of a swimming pool. As she is getting settled on her first day, her little brother, Mikey, and cat, Pitcher, discover mud. She does not join them, but instead, goes inside to her new bedroom to unpack adding little touches to make it feel like home. At night, she hears different sounds than in the city. She awakens very early. Her grandfather teaches her how to ride her new horse, Pepper, which Lee finds to be harder to do than expected as they manage a herd of cows. She returns to the big ranch house and has a large breakfast which includes pancakes. Lee’s so tired that she falls asleep at the table but wakes up in time to meet all of her cousins at a barbecue. Little Ree realizes she is overdressed. They do not care and have fun playing with her. Little Ree believes she could become a country girl after all.
Comments: Author Ree Drummond shares her experiences of becoming a country woman and how it changed her life. There is a pancake recipe in the back. I would recommend this book to be shared with a city and country living unit of study. This is the first of a new series. I really enjoyed her earlier picture books series with Charlie the Ranch Dog. You may also know Ree Drummond as The Pioneer Woman from My Food Network.
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