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Rivers are vital to our country's health and leisure. They provide fresh water for our agriculture and most of our drinking water. The calming sound of the moving water and the landscape it is embellished with are magical. Rusty the Ranch Horse lives in one of the most beautiful places in the west next to the Platte River. It is a very busy place that changes with all four of the seasons and is home to many critters. Enjoy the scenery as you read why Rusty loves the river The beautiful bold watercolor illustrations and rhyming words are created way out west in Wyoming. Get your copy of Rusty and the River and be inspired to seek out a river near you. 


Did you know you can get your OWN Rusty to hold while you read about him? Check out the Rusty the Ranch Horse stuffy here!


Check out all the books about Rusty!

Rusty Under the Western Skies

Rusty Goes to Frontier Days
Rusty and His Saddle
Rusty and the Pot of Gold
Rusty's Cowboy

Wrong Color Rusty


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Rusty and the River was selected for the "Discover Great Places Through Reading" list for the National Book Festival for 2019.  The festival was held in Washington, D.C. on August 31, 2019. 


"Discover Great Places Through Reading" is the annual list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The list is distributed by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book during the National Book Festival.


Rusty and the River was selected by the Wyoming State Library.  Books are written by authors from the state, take place in the state, or celebrate the state's culture and heritage.


Here's the link to an article about Rusty and the River's selection for this award!


Check out this book in the story time video!  Read along with Mary as she reads this story out loud.


Rusty and the River

  • Rusty the Ranch Horse Tales are rhyming stories that have life lessons about the west, horses, and cowboy ethics. The authentic western lingo and bold watercolor illustrations make each book a special treasure. They are intended to inspire, entertain and educate readers everywhere about the western lifestyle. All the books are created way out west under the big western skies by a mother and daughter team. 

    For children ages 4-10, and we highly recommend reading to babies!

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