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The Seagoing Cowboy

Peggy Reiff Miller, Claire Ewart (Illustrator)


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The Seagoing Cowboy follows a young man and his friend as they board a ship bound for Poland following World War II. One cares for horses, the other for heifers on the weeks-long journey. What they see when they arrive is sobering: the war had left the country in ruins, and many people had nothing left. The horses and heifers would go a long way in helping them rebuild their lives. Archival photographs, a map, and an author’s note supplement this fictional account of the real-life seagoing cowboys who took livestock to people suffering the effects of the war.

Praise For The Seagoing Cowboy

"A fascinating and compassionate look at those who do good for the sake of others . . . a marvelous slice of historical fiction." -- Kendal Rautzhan, The Times Union.

"What a compelling story and so beautifully illustrated. If I didn't know better, I'd say you made the trip yourself, it is so accurate and has so much 'feeling' in it with so little commentary." -- Ken Frantz, seagoing cowboy in June 1945

"The SEAGOING COWBOY is an engaging and inspiring story and a wonderful way to talk about how we each can help people today whose homes and farms have been devastated because of war or natural disaster." -- Nancy Bo Flood, ReaderKidZ blog

"Little known history is always fun to learn about — like this!" -- Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup blog

"The illustrations capture the mood, setting, and challenges described in Miller's simple rhythmic text.... When the problems of the world loom so overwhelming that hopelessness rears its head, books like this one remind us that problems are solved one person at a time." -- Sandy Brehl, Unpacking the Power of Picture Books blog

"...a wonderful, uplifting story about the men who delivered more than just livestock to those in need, they delivered hope for the future, too." -- Alex Baugh, The Children's War blog

"When I requested a review copy, I actually thought I was ordering a scholarly historical recounting of the Heifer Project, but the quality and warmth of the children's book I received more than made up for my fleeting disappointment." -- Martin Johnson, Bruderhof Voices blog

Brethren Press, 9780871782120, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2016

About the Author

Peggy Reiff Miller is the author of the children's picture book THE SEAGOING COWBOY. She has been researching, writing, and speaking about the seagoing cowboys and the Heifer Project since 2002. Through interviews, questionnaires, diary accounts, photos, and movies of their trips, she has accumulated a wealth of information on these men who delivered livestock to Europe following World War II; much of it is documented on her website, She serves as a historical consultant for Heifer International and, when not traveling, works from her home in Goshen, Indiana.

Claire Ewart has illustrated such children's books as Tomie dePaola's The Legend of the Persian Carpet, Paul Fleischman's Time Train, Mahvash Shahegh's The Green Muscian, and Elsa Marston's The Olive Tree. She has also written and illustrated One Cold Night, The Giant, and Fossil. Ewart's work has been featured on PBS's Reading Rainbow and Storytime, shown in museums and galleries, and included in the Society of Illustrators' The Original Art exhibit. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.