Hitchin’ Post: Review and Giveaway

Julie Barker
  Genre: Children’s Picture Book / Rhyming / K-3
Publisher: LifeRich Publishing
Date of Publication: July 14, 2016
Number of Pages: 46
Rating 4/5
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Hard work and the cowboy life on the 6Bs Ranch is nothing new to old jackrabbit Hitchin’ Post.  Hitchin’ Post is a picture book written in rhyme describing old Hitch’s life on the 6Bs Ranch and his journey in finding what it truly means to be thankful.  His beloved ranch goes through a terrible drought, but Hitch decides that despite challenges, there is always something to be thankful for. He discovers that it is relationships with his friends and his beloved ranch that makes him feel rich. 

**2017 North Texas Book Festival Honorable Mention award*
Wonderfully told with beautiful, rustic illustrations. — Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers’ Favorite 
I can’t wait to share this book with my granddaughters! –- Amy, Goodreads Review
Hitchin’ Post is the most adorable story with the best illustrations! We love, love, love it!!! Cory, Amazon Verified Customer
Hitchin’ Post is an adorable must read children’s book for any Texas lover out there. The tale follows a bunny cowboy named Hitch, it describes how he got his name, what he does on the farm, and even a fun car ride he takes. It’s a cute story and has a great message for kids and adults alike. “It’s the big and the small and all the in-between that should make you feel the richest of rich.” – Julie Barker from Hitchin’ Post

A few things stood out to me with this children story. First the story itself. It’s really perfect for a parent to read with their kid, or to have a kid read it to their parent. I think it would make a wonderful bedtime story and I just love the message this story gives. Another thing that stood out to me was the beautiful illustrations by Carolyn Altman. So much beautiful detail in this cartoon pictures. And it really sets the stage for what good ol’ Texas looks and feels like. Another thing I loved was the overall length of the book. It’s not too short by any means and I think if you working with a child that you’re trying to increase the amount of reading time they have (your child or one of your young students) I think this would be a great book for them to sit and listen to.

As far as using the book at school with my kids as a teaching tool, there’s lots of different things I could use this book for in a special education classroom. For one, an introduction to Texas Regions. I could terrains such as suburban, urban, and rural with a focus on rural. I could identifying animals. It’s long enough too that it would be a good book to use for reading comprehension with my students.

If you’re looking for a great Texas children’s book with wonderful illustrations and a make you feel good story that you could have a fun read with your child or to use in the classroom as entertainment or a teaching tool, then be sure to check out Hitchin’ Post. It’s such a cute story. You’ll love it!

Julie Barker was born and raised in west Texas, and currently resides in Quanah, Texas, with her husband and three children.  She maintained her west Texas roots into college when she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, receiving a degree in social work.  Julie has grown up surrounded by the ranching heritage, and felt drawn to share this way of life through the adventures of the little cowboy jackrabbit, Hitchin’ Post.  Hitchin’ Post marks Julie’s debut into the world of children’s literature.  She was fortunate to have her mother, artist Carolyn Altman, provide the cute, whimsical illustrations of old Hitch and the 6Bs, making this project extra special.
Grand Prize:
1st Place Winner receives an eBook AND a Signed Print Copy
4 Runners-Up each have a choice of eBook OR Signed Print Copy
June 26-July 6, 2017
(U.S. Only)

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