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Juvenile Fiction/Historical/United States/20th Century
40 pages, hardcover, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
ISBN: 978-0-87178-212-0

10% of the author’s profits will be donated to Heifer International.

Listen to the author read the book.

Listen to an interview with the author by “Sammy the Toucan” here.


Curriculum Guide

This curriculum guide, developed by Leigh Courtney, Ph.D., incorporates Common Core State Standards for literacy and math. It includes:

  • Discussion Questions
  • Activities
  • Sequencing Story Events
  • A Day in the Life of a Seagoing Cowboy activity sheet
  • Helping Here at Home chart

The author would love to hear from teachers about your experience with this curriculum guide, as well as other activities you develop that meet national or your state’s standards. New activities will be posted here, along with the teacher’s name, school, city, and state.

The author would also love to receive copies from teachers of some of your student responses to the Activities page in the Curriculum Guide. Selected student work will be posted with the name of the teacher, school, and grade level. No student names will be posted for privacy reasons.

Teachers who especially relate to the activity of researching Heifer International may be interested in Heifer’s wonderful Read to Feed program. I’d love to hear from teachers who participate in Read to Feed as a result of learning about the program here.

Happy reading and teaching!


Photo Matching Activity

Print out, cut apart, and match these photos of 1946 and 2007 Gdansk, Poland. Photos taken by seaman Will Keller.

Coloring Pages

Three illustrations from the book are outlined for coloring.

What people are saying:

“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 Herald.

“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

“Peggy, you understood what I told you, over the last 14 yr, very well. So well you wrote this book as “Thought Full” and vivid as IF you had been a seagoing cowboy.” — the real “Cowboy John,” John Nunemaker, seagoing cowboy in September 1946.