The book measures 9.5" x 7" x 1.5" and features a paper pictorial onlay, in full color, on the front cover of black cloth covered hard board(s). The book is firmly bound and consists of 434 printed pages with seven full page glossy color plates and numerous black and white pen illustrations by the author himself, Will James. There are full, side by side, pictorial spreads on the end papers showing life in the wild West.
This book is about a true American Cowboy raised in the wild West. It is full of adventure and hair raising moments as the story tells of how a little boy, hardly more than a baby, becomes an orphan in the west. An old French trapper, whom the boy calls Bopy, adopts him and takes him on his long hunts as they meet danger along the way. The story continues with how when he is hardly more than a little boy, Bopy is lost in an icy river and the child, heartbroken, rides down into the prairie region alone--on his own. James gives a complete and varied idea of how a cowboy lives as he moves toward his remote objective: becoming an artist.
This book is sure to please any reader and offer illustrations that are true to the life of the cowboy, Will James.