Cowboy Ed can’t seem to “gentle” his headstrong colt, Bill. With sage advice from Cowgirl Sue, Ed slowly gains Bill’s trust, getting him to wear a bit, blanket, saddle, and eventually Ed himself! This Western tale with the age-old moral “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar” will delight young readers as Bill’s stubborn refusal turns to tentative compliance, then exuberant cooperation Further Info: A spread of fun facts, including horse anatomy and tack vocabulary, add a non-fiction component to this rip-roarin’ story. Kids love cowboys: This Western story is a perfect follow-up to a popular Blue Apple title, Ruckus on the Ranch. It gives young children a glimpse into some of the work real cowboys do. • Carrot or stick: As parents and kids read Buckin’ Billy together, it will lead to discussions on the best way to achieve a desired result—with firmness and kindness, or with force and punishment. • Horse facts: The story is capped off by a spread of non-fiction facts, including horse anatomy and parts of a saddle.