HOW TO GET RICH ON A TEXAS CATTLE DRIVE, by Tod Olson, ill. by Scott Allred and Gregory Proch, afterword by Marc Aronson (National Geographic 2010)(ages 8-12) is a 48-page picture book, fictionalized memoir of one A.J. "Little John" Larkin. In 1876, fifteen year old Little John is a buckaroo from Iowa (of all places) who spends a year running cattle on the Chisholm Trail.
Dual page spreads illustrate and explicate aspects of the "wild west," including maps of cattle trails, diagrams of tricks of the trade, pictures of Dodge City, and contemporary photos. Aronson's afterword discusses what is real and what is not.
A fun and lively introduction to the old west, and a companion to HOW TO GET RICH IN THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH and HOW TO GET RICH ON THE OREGON TRAIL.