Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Hank, the Cowdog
We were introduced to Hank, the Cowdog several years ago, when our two older boys were young and John R. Erickson spoke at the C.H.A.P. Homeschool Convention. Well, he returned again this year, and so we introduced our youngest son to Hank, the Cowdog.
John R. Erickson opened his seminars with one of his songs from Hank, the Cowdog. He also read a chapter from one of the Hank, the Cowdog books and talked about the characters from the books.
Our older boys still love Hank, the Cowdog, as do my husband and I, and now our youngest, as well. As a matter of fact, while I was working on blog posts this afternoon, he was playing on the floor nearby, and he was singing one of the songs.
We purchased some more of the Hank, the Cowdog books at the convention, as well as a T-shirt for our youngest, some of the books that are only available on CDs and the Hank, the Cowdog Tornado game. Yes, we are big Hank fans.
This year, John R. Erickson also had a new book entitled Story Craft: Reflections on Faith, Culture, and Writing from the Author of Hank, the Cowdog. Our oldest son and I each grabbed one of these quickly as we are both writers. We had them autographed by Mr. Erickson, who also autographed all of the Hank, the Cowdog books we purchased and the T-shirt for our youngest.
Several years ago, I taught a class at our homeschool co-op on Hank, the Cowdog and both boys and girls love the stories, and they are enjoyed by all ages.
A few years ago, our oldest son also purchased a copy of a book that Mr. Erickson wrote that isn't about Hank, the Cowdog.
It has just come to my attention that he has created a series out of this as well, it is about a boy named Riley McDaniels. There are two more books to this series. Our oldest son enjoyed this book, though not as much as the Hank, the Cowdog books. It is an adventure story, and it is different from the Hank, the Cowdog books.
You and your children can enjoy Hank, the Cowdog regularly by visiting the Official Hank, the Cowdog website at: http://www.hankthecowdog.com/ You can see all of John R. Erickson's books on this website as well. He actually has quite a few nonfiction books about cowboys.