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Zayda Was a Cowboy

By: June Levitt Nislick

Historical Fiction

What’s a religious Russian-Jewish boy named Meyer doing in Texas? Becoming an American cowboy called Mike! Oy vey!

Winner of the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award

Ages: 9+

74 pages

Jewish Publication Society

Average Rating: (7 Ratings)

Okay i guess
Submitted 5/10/2019 by BWLSfamily

This book was just OK

It didn't look too interesting but I still read it and it was sorta good but I think that it was bad.

too coooooollllll toooooo beeeeee truuuuu
Submitted 5/9/2019 by ilovelego

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

awesome and gnarly

Submitted 5/8/2019 by Mountainclimber

Good luck to you all reading this book. Thanks so much mom.

it was awesome
Submitted 5/6/2019 by killer2009

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

awesome book

adventure rox!!!!!!!
Submitted 5/5/2019 by awesome26

sooooooooo good!
Submitted 5/3/2019 by lovelyday

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about being Jewish.


You can’t put the book down!
Submitted 5/1/2019 by NationalDesignTeam

Zayda was a Cowboy has a lot of adventure and suspense. It made me think more about how America was in the late 1800s, as well as the Jewish immigrant experience. This is a really good quick read. At first, I didn't think I would like this book, but then I surprised myself. Zayda was a Cowboy is now one of my FAVORITE BOOKS! The beginning is a little sad when he has to leave his shtetl (village) in Russia, but then it gets better when he moves to America, and you don't have to like cowboys to read it.

-Elijah, National Design Team

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June Levitt Nislick never thought about publishing a children’s book until Zayda Was a Cowboy won the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award. Now she gives talks about Jewish cowboys and the Jews of Texas. A mother and grandmother, June lives with her husband in New York City.

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