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TEX, A Children’s Book Set on a Working Wyoming Ranch, Is Now Available! Check Out the Video Here:

Those of you who followed this blog earlier this year—when TSB Managing Director Martha Cook and I traveled to Sheridan, Wyoming, for a week on the glorious (yes, I’m still basking in the glow, several months down the road) Padlock Ranch—may remember that while we were there we took a first-day field trip out to the Wymont Ranch (read about this excursion HERE). The Wymont is home to Mimi and Dick Tate, and also the setting for the new children’s book Trafalgar Square Books just released: TEX.

TEX is a delightful and colorful kid’s book about working hard, appreciating the natural beauty around us, and dreaming big. Illustrated with authentic photographs taken on the Wymont, it is the first book for children by Dorie McCullough Lawson, wife of painter and former resident of Sheridan T. Allen Lawson, and daughter of the historian David McCullough.

The book is utterly charming. As the mother of a two-going-on-three-year-old, I love being able to read a book that instills such simple and integral lessons in the midst of bright color and photographs of the great outdoors. And, most importantly, at the end of the book, the little boy goes to sleep!

Check out the book trailer here, and order a copy of TEX for your favorite little cowboy or cowgirl at the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.


Day One: Dorie McCullough Lawson’s New Children’s Book TEX Visits the Wymont Ranch

Pausing to let the cows get out of the road on the way out to Wymont.

Martha and I landed in Sheridan around 1:30–the Beechcraft wound its way safely along the Bighorn Mountains and while I gripped the seat desperately and tried hard to think “pretty clouds, pretty clouds,” Martha assured me the ride was one of the smoothest she’s been on in a plane that size.

The Sheridan Airport is a HOOT! It is tiny, and it appears most (small) planes go in and out, with Denver as the primary destination. At one point when we returned our rental car later in the afternoon, Martha and I were the only people there…except a lone bunny rabbit we saw hopping along the runway.

TEX at the Wymont Ranch

Our rented Camry trucked us out toward the mountains to the Wymont Ranch, home of Mimi and Dick Tate, and the setting for Dorie McCullough Lawson’s forthcoming children’s book TEX. We brought an advance copy of the book to give to the Tate’s and enjoyed a truly amazing afternoon on their ranch, learning about the horse and ranching history of the area (I had NO IDEA polo was played West of the Mississipi!)

Mimi and Dick took us up to a neighboring ranch (Eaton’s–the oldest dude ranch in the US) and gave us the grand tour…introducing us around and being generally fabulous hosts.

For dinner they recommended the Wyoming Rib and Chop House back in Sheridan, so (by this point FAMISHED) we trucked it back to town for some MEAT (and wine). Best steak I’ve had in a long time, and cooked to MR perfection…

Alas, the Mint Bar was closed on a Sunday night….

This morning we’re off to King’s Saddlery, and then the Padlock…