Ten Gallon Bart is the sheriff of Dog City, the most peaceful town in the West, thanks to brave and courageous sheriff. He’s served the town for 10 years. The other characters in Dog City include Miss Kitty, the owner of the local saloon, two chickens named Pixie and Dixie, and two pigs named Bill and Wyatt.
None of the children at Hollis Academy knew about Gunsmoke but that didn’t stop them from giggling at this silly story.
Ten-Gallon Bart is just about to announce his retirement when he learns that Billy the Kid, “the roughest, toughest, gruffest goat in the country” is headed into town on the noon train. It’s up to Bart and all the other animals to put Billy in his place.
I read this book aloud to first, second and third grade groups. They all enjoyed the story but needed guidance at getting all the jokes in the story. For example:
“I see this place is going to the dogs” snarled Billy the Kid.
“You gotta bone to pick?” asked Bart
This is a great book for teaching visual literacy. It was helpful to have the Promethean Board so I could zero in on the details. Most of the children needed help understanding the story.
The artwork by Dorothy Donahue is unusual. She uses cut paper collages and a variety of textures.
Here are a few other stories about Ten-Gallon Bart: