Wanda Snow Porter grew up in a small town on the cen-tral California coast riding horseback on land once part of the old Mexican ranchos. An avid horsewoman, she learned the vaquero way of riding and training horses and earned a Bronze Medal Rider Award from the United States Dressage Federation. As a docent for Dana Adobe, she uses her knowl-edge of horses and history to help school children visiting the old adobe experience what life was like for vaqueros who lived and worked on an early California rancho. Wanda is the author and illustrator of the Burro Picture Book Series pub-lished by Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos.
Everything in thirteen-year-old Tim McGrew’s life stinks. It was bad enough his dad left, but even worse, he must move to his grandparent’s remote ranch on Nowhere Mountain, leave his friends and school behind, and give up playing baseball. But now Grandpa is dead and Grandma adopts a wild burro, expecting him to train the long-eared donkey with a noisy bray.
Twelve year old José decides only luck will help him be fearless enough to ride the wild colts, luck he will get from a pair silver spurs and chaps made from a brave bull’s hide. But he has no money. How can he buy silver spurs? Then the Mexican-American war starts. And a few days before Christmas, Colonel John C. Fremont’s battalion camps on Rancho Grande and everything changes.