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When Widow Tulip Jones of Bore, England, inherits a ranch in By-Golly Gully, Texas, and moves in with two trunks of tea, twelve pet tortoises, and three servants, hilarity ensues. The peaceful life suits the wealthy widow fine until word gets out and every unmarried man in Texas lines up to marry her. Widow Tulip and her small staff of three can't possibly run the farm andWhen Widow Tulip Jones of Bore, England, inherits a ranch in By-Golly Gully, Texas, and moves in with two trunks of tea, twelve pet tortoises, and three servants, hilarity ensues. The peaceful life suits the wealthy widow fine until word gets out and every unmarried man in Texas lines up to marry her. Widow Tulip and her small staff of three can't possibly run the farm and manage all the suitors, so she devises a plan—and it just might work. This story filled with giant tortoises, 1,000 brides, bad guys, a smart widow, and even a little romance is sure to get kids laughing....

Title : Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
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ISBN : 9780375867453
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 56 Pages
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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch Reviews

  • Nicole
    2019-03-26 13:56

    A fun, modern retelling of the part of Homer's Odyssey - where his wife has to trick a bunch of unwanted suitors into a series of impossible tasks in the hopes that she doesn't have to end up with any of them. In this version, an eccentric widow with a lot of money does the same with a band of unruly Texan suitors...

  • Rebecca Honeycutt
    2019-03-28 16:14

    A rollicking, visually charming tall tale. Since it's not meant to be realistic in the slightest, I'm not going to complain about the troubling emphasis on marriage in what is otherwise a rather empowering story about smart, determined women. And awesome giant tortoises.Hawkes' artwork is the real selling point here: it's loaded with verve and saturated colors, and the big skies filled with puffy clouds add a wonderful sense of the wide open frontier. The boldness of the illustrations makes this one great for a group read-aloud (maybe with older kids, since it's a bit long for toddlers), while the hilarious details are perfect for on-on-one exploration (the line-up of suitors is especially funny; the fella with the bottle of Eau de Armadillo is my favorite).

  • Stella Fowler
    2019-04-14 14:13

    How can you not love a picture book with the line, "Those Arroyos are so mean, dynamite would hide from them"? You can't, plain and simple. In the tradition of Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch serves up American Storytelling on a tasty platter with blueberry scones and strawberry shortcake. The widow Jones is a marvelous character full of vim and vigor. It's no surprise when she moves to arid, desolate Texas and coaxes the land into growing humongous fruits and vegetables. It's also no surprise that every man in the land wants to marry her.Join Widow Jones as she tames the Texas landscape and avoids despicable suitors in this tale from Anne Isaacs, and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

  • Tamara
    2019-04-26 17:22

    I really enjoyed reading this to my five-year old. It was funny and smart. I knew the moment he was introduced who the widow Jones would choose to marry, but I still really enjoyed reading it and seeing the impossible tasks she thought up to get rid of the suitors (and their clever ways of fulfilling them). Even thought there's a little bit of a love story going on, it's not a "girly" book. My son really enjoyed it, too.

  • Amy Forrester
    2019-04-25 13:09

    In 1870 the widow Tulip Jones inherits millions of dollars and a ranch. So she moves from England to By-Golly Gully. She quickly learns that everything is bigger in Texas, including her garden vegetables and her beloved pet tortoises. But her blissful peace is broken when word gets around about her rich and unmarried status. Hilarity ensues as the widow comes up with a variety of ways to get rid of the 1,000 suitors that line up at her door. Exaggeration is the name of the game from text to illustrations. Isaacs excels at writing tall tales and readers will not be disappointed by her newest yarn. Hawkes’ painterly illustrations, rendered with acrylic and pencil on Bristol Board, feature vast blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and sundrenched landscapes that firmly establish the setting. At its best when read aloud, this story will also appeal to elementary school kids who will want to read and explore on their own.Read More at Picture-Book-a-Day:

  • Sara Grochowski
    2019-04-12 17:07

    MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH is straight out of Texas, where, under the full penalty of the law, exaggeration is forbidden to every person (unless that person is an elected official or anyone who has ever ridden a horse), so the reader can take sometimes unbelievable tale as fact. It's 1870 When Tulip Jones, a widow from Greater Bore, England, inherits a ranch in By-Golly Gully, Texas. She sets off to set up residence, armed with plenty of tea, twelve pet tortoises (named January, February, March, and so on), and her three capable servants, Linsey, Woolsey, and Calico. Tulip quickly learns everything is bigger in Texas, including vegetables, tortoises, and the lines of bachelors who line up to marry eligible ladies. As a swarm of unmarried men descend upon By-Golly Ranch, Tulip and her ladies struggle to run the ranch and entertain the endless stream of suitors. It takes Tulip no small about of wit and cleverness to rid herself of the gold-digging suitors and, along the way, she just might find true love.

  • Nick
    2019-03-30 21:21

    This picture book is loosely based on a combination of Texas tall tales and motifs from several folktales. The illustrations are really outstanding, and the story itself would be a lot of fun for kids of kindergarten age or older.Everything grows bigger in Texas, from vegetables to tortoises. So it was that wealthy young woman Tulip Jones ended up with a strange ranch and too many suitors.From there the story gets remarkably silly, as she tries to weed out the extra suitors by various tests and challenges. The task is made harder by the fact that two of the suitors are infamous outlaws.

  • Lynne
    2019-04-17 13:14

    What a hoot!!! I absolutely loved this story. One of my coworkers recommended this book to me telling me that it was humorous. It made me giggle out loud! A very wealthy widow moves to a ranch in Texas. When the single men in Texas, and they were all single, found out how rich she was, they came courting. What ensues is fun!

  • Robin
    2019-04-22 19:15

    This is a picture book with longer text that can be enjoyed by school age kids who have a sense of humor. This would be a good title for my granddaughter who lives in Texas since that's where this tall tale is set and wonderfully illustrated.

  • Rachel Watkins
    2019-04-02 18:20

    I love tall tales and this entertaining story of a British widow who inherits a Texas ranch is a doozy. This is for the older child, think ages five to nine. Kevin Hawkes's illustrations do justice to Anne Issacs's storytelling. This is a delightful read.

  • Shelbie
    2019-04-12 19:09

    What a delightful, rollicking storybook! Full of adventure, Texas-sized imagination, and even a dash of romance, I plan to remember this one for my kids!

  • Carol
    2019-04-12 20:04

    Silly and funny and charming! You can see the end coming a mile away, but it is fun to read it play out anyhow.

  • Viviane Elbee
    2019-04-24 15:14

    This is a very funny, highly exaggerated tall tale, set in Texas. The artwork is great too.I think it is slightly long text-wise so I would recommend it for older preschoolers and elementary students. When we got to the end of this book, one of my kids pointed to the heroine and said, "she's so smart," in an admiring tone. So, this is a good book for a "smart heroine" themed read, although the book includes quite a bit of "marriage," complete with huge wedding cake, of course.

  • Jennifer Heise
    2019-04-13 19:26

    A modern-but-old-fashioned tall tale in which strong ladies get the better of greedy would-be suitors. (Some parents may dislike the traditional happy-ever-after ending where everyone -- except the really bad guys-- ends up married off-- but the eventual groom is pretty darn cool, and using a thousand wedding veils to... oh never mind.) There just aren't enough tall tales starring girls, let alone challenging the passive heroine stereotype.

  • Whole And
    2019-04-23 14:16

    A clever spoof-ish tale about a widowed ranch lady being pressured to marry! Quite clever she is, creating contests that should be impossible but prove not to be. And yet, she finds away around each smirk that wants her hand in marriage. Peace is once again restored on the ranch but the lady of the house finds herself suddenly lonely and realized to whom her heart really belongs...Sweet and strong, a fun read all around.

  • LynnDavidson
    2019-04-12 16:21

    A widow lady inherits 35 million dollars and a ranch in Texas. She moves there with three of her female servants who become ranch hands, so ... 1000 cowboys want to marry her. She hires a baker who provides comfort food - muffins, scones, breads - and meanwhile the lady is trying to figure out how to get rid of the cowboys. Funny story. Great illustrations.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-26 18:12

    Opening Moves:"These fruits and vegetables, and animals in this book are all magical somehow. They grow to an enormous size as you can see as I flip through the pages. So all of you will want to see how this happens."-Engages attention "What do you notice about the inside cover page and the outside page? The inside page looks like something is going on that is not good. There is horses racing and even a dead skull. The outside page is calm looking and peaceful. What do you think would have happened between these 2 pictures?"-Draw attention to conclusions from illustrations

  • Stephanie Sutter
    2019-03-27 21:18

    Personal Review:This tall tale is a story about a wealthy widow, Tulip, who moves to Texas and starts a ranch. Everything on her ranch is true to Texas size, larger than life. When the word spreads about Tulip, thousands of money-hungry cowboy suitors show up to try to win her over. Tulip hires Charlie to help with the baking of the newly arrived suitors. Eventually, Tulip devises a plan to rid herself of cowboys. At first, her plan does not work, but then there is an unexpected twist in the story that leaves Tulip alone, or she thinks she is alone. The artwork in this book is beautiful and funny. This book is a little long for a read-aloud, but is great for a figurative language unit. Professional Review #1:D’Amato, L. (2014, August/September). [Review of the book Meanwhile back at the ranch by A. Isaacs]. Library Media Connection. Retrieved from Titlewave Library Media Connection describes this book as a tall tale about a woman, Tulip Jones, who inherits 35 million dollars and moves to a ranch in Texas. Word spreads about the wealthy widow and a thousand suitors show up to win her hand. Tulip comes up with a plan that she thinks is impossible. The winner will marry her. Her ranch aids also place an ad for a thousand brides. When the brides arrive, Tulip matches the brides up with the suitors. Library Media Connection explains the artwork as attractive illustrations that complement the tale. The writing will bring smiles to the readers’ faces especially the younger students. It can also serves as a writing model for older students. Professional Review #2:(2013, December 15). [Review of the book Meanwhile back at the ranch by A. Isaacs]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from TitlewaveAccording to Kirkus Reviews, Isaacs wrote another terrific tall tale. In this tall tale a rich Englishwoman, Tulip, puts everyone in the marrying mood. Because of the sudden arrival of cowboy suitors, there is lots of tea and pastries need to be fixed. Tulip hires, Charlie, a baker to help out. The kind baker is there to cook and comfort Tulip. Tulip devises a plan to clear out the cowboys. When her plan works, Tulip finds herself in a predicament. This story is told in a Texas-style, great for a lengthy read-a-loud. The illustrator, Hawkes’, uses a soft-focus to fill the desert landscape and make the caricatured faces a hilarious touch.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-24 17:20

    When English Widow Tulip Jones learns that she has inherited $35 million and a ranch in Texas, she takes her pet tortoises and her household staff and board a steam ship. Once she arrives in By-Golly Texas she sets to work, proving that she and her household can and will make the ranch successful in such a hostile environment.It doesn't take to long for the 100's of single cowboys in the town to begin to court the wealthy widow. However Widow Jones wants nothing to do with them. To try to get rid of everybody she creates a task that should be impossible: Tulip Jones says she will marry the man who can make the Rio Grande run backwards. Impossible, right? Well, 4 men are successful; two of them being the crooked sheriff and his brother. Now what?Meanwhile her household staff is figuring another way to get rid of all of the cowboys. They place an ad in the paper asking for 1,000 women who would like to marry true Texas cowboys. It works; 1,000 women from all over begin sewing wedding gowns and veils, boarding trains headed to Texas.Widow Jones has set another task for the men to try to complete for her hand in marriage. There is a notorious criminal gang terrorizing the towns in Texas. Whomever can catch the whole gang will marry Widow Jones. Of course the sheriff is the ringleader of the gang so he goes running to warn them.In the meantime Widow Jones has seen the 1,000 brides coming and comes up with a great idea. She has all of the brides sew their wedding veils together to create a huge net to catch the gang in.After all of the hullabaloo Tulip invites the whole town back to the ranch for the weddings of the century. All of the brides marry the promised cowboys, including her three housemaids. She is left alone after everyone leaves. She suddenly finds she's lonely. Where did her wonderful chef Charlie Doughpuncher go? Finally he shows up asking her to try some new delicious dish that turns out to be a wonderful invitation to get married!A great tall tale!

  • Emily
    2019-03-31 14:15

    WOW! What a fun book. You begin by going on an adventure as Widow Tulip Jones makes her way from England to the United States to the By-Golly Ranch in Gully Texas. Once there we set of on an adventure of giant vegetables, huge tortosies, and what seems like some really great ranch hands. We know that Widow Jones is very content and happy till the excitement begins! 1,000 suitors show up to try to win her hand in marriage as well as her fortune and amazing ranch. Widow Jones wants nothing of it, so she confides in her chef and friend Charlie. They come up with a plot to run of the men, one she thinks is a no fail option! Meanwhile her ranch hands are not sure her plan will work so they come up with one of their own! Along the way of this tall tell of the old west we see the value of friendship, loyalty and in the end love when Widow Jones falls in love with Charlie and they live happily ever after. Widow Jones is a large then life character who takes us on an adventures that is sure to make you laugh and feel. This book would be appropriate for ages pre-k thru 2nd grade, I would use it to talk about the lesson of knowing the value of something you may be missing, and how to be appreciative of what you have. It would also be a great conversation starter about difference in real world possibilities, and folk tale, and how do we know the difference. It would make a great shared writing experience in a pre-k classroom. This was a WOW book for me because of its playful manner, and larger then life character. It's nice to read a book that has a strong female character from an areas that normally would speak more to male characters.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-18 18:24

    Lisa Mason-D'Croz's Review Summaries and Personal ReviewIsaacs, A. (2014). Meanwhile, back at the ranch. New York, NY: Schwartz & Wade Books.Review #1Barthelmess, T. (2014, January 1). [Review of Meanwhile, back at the ranch by A. Isaacs]. Booklist. 110(9), 120. Retrieved from NoveList Plus database.Barthelmess recommends this book for K-3 students and notes that the use of “tall tale plotting and over-the-top language” make it a stand-out. He also describes the illustrations as being comic and spirited and says that he enjoyed the author’s and illustrator’s humor, especially their jokes about Texas.Review #2Musser, A.S. (2014, January 1). [Review of Meanwhile, back at the ranch by A. Isaacs]. School Library Journal. Retrieved from School Library Journal website. Musser recommends this book for Grades 1-4, but would be best read aloud. He liked the exaggerated characters and illustrations and noted that the author excelled at using tongue-twisters and idioms that make the book fun to read. My Review Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch is an engaging tall tale about an independent widow, who inherits a fortune and ranch in Texas. She is immediately overwhelmed by 1,000 eager, cowboy suitors, seeking their own share of her fortune, and finds a clever solution to her problem, with the help of her ranch hands. The rich language would make this book best for sharing as a read aloud (especially for a lesson on tall tales or idioms). I also loved the colorful, vivid illustrations and the humor.

  • La Coccinelle
    2019-04-18 16:14

    I'm always a little bit leery of books that promise to be hilarious. When they turn out not to be funny, it's always a disappointment. Luckily, that wasn't the case here. This book is amusing and charming, and the illustrations only help add to the air of silliness around the premise—which is a really tall tale.Tulip Jones inherits a ranch and goes to Texas. When she arrives, it's so hot that the lizards have to walk on stilts to protect their feet (that illustration alone is worth checking out the book for). Once word gets out that there is a millionaire living at By-Golly Gully, a thousand bachelors descend on the poor widow and her small staff of four. The various plans to get rid of the men are harmless and funny, and really should have worked... but it takes more than one try because, despite appearances, some of these men are smarter than they look.Overall, I thought this was a pretty cute book. The quirky illustrations and tall-tale elements make it an amusing adventure.Quotable moment:"Girls, this is the last day you'll have to wash dishes for a thousand men," she told her ranch hands at breakfast. "I'm going to get rid of the suitors, for good!""Hooray!" shouted Linsey, Woolsey, and Calico."I'll give the suitors a task and promise to marry the man who succeeds," Widow Jones explained. "But it will be an impossible task," she added gleefully, "so everyone will fail!"

  • Jennifer Borelli
    2019-03-29 13:58

    Isaacs, A. (2014). Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.Summary: This tall tale is set in Texas in the year 1870. It is the story of the widow Tulip Jones, an Englishwoman who inherits thirty-five million dollars and a ranch. She enjoys phenomenal success as a rancher in Texas, where everything she grows is immense and wonderful, including her twelve tortoises. As word spreads in Texas that a wealthy widow is single and successful, every available man in the state comes to court her, with the hope of marrying her and acquiring her wealth. Tulip slowly rids herself and her ranch of the burden of meeting with and feeding the seemingly-endless suitors, while stopping the worst gang in the region, helping happy brides find their grooms, and discovering her own true love and personal happy ending.Activity: Imagine a pet tortoise which is the size of the tortoises in this tall tale. Then, research the needs and care requirements of an average-sized pet tortoise in America. What does it cost to feed and house and clean-up after the average pet tortoise? Given this information, and working if necessary with the teacher and/or as a group, estimate what the needs and requirements would be for one of Tulip's gigantic pet tortoises on her ranch.

  • Becky
    2019-03-28 20:26

    I loved, loved, loved this one. I did. It was WONDERFUL. It had me from hello, from the endpapers which read: "under full penalty of law, exaggeration is forbidden in the state of Texas. No Texan may decorate a plain fact--except if that person is an elected official, or anyone who has ever ridden a horse. In such cases, all exaggeration must be restricted to the first twenty-four hours past sunrise." From the very start, readers know this tall tale is going to be something special. And in tall tales, the magic is all in the details. Meanwhile Back at the Ranch is the story of a rich widow being pursued by thousands of cowboys. Some of the cowboys, the most persistent of the bunch, belong to the "Hole in the Pants" gang. Tulip Jones, our heroine, does NOT want to marry anyone, or so she says, so with a little help from Linsey, Woolsey, Calico, and her brand new friend Charlie Doughpuncher, she'll try to find a good solution. How does one go about getting rid of persistent suitors? As I said, I loved, loved, loved the storytelling. It's funny. And dare I say it's a bit romantic?!

  • Caryn Caldwell
    2019-04-07 21:14

    When the widow Tulip Jones inherits thirty-five million dollars and a ranch in Texas, she takes off for her new land at once. Unfortunately, so do a thousand single men, all of whom want to marry this happily-unmarried lady for her fortune. What is Tulip to do? Why, present her would-be husbands with challenges they're sure to fail, of course. But when her impossible tests prove possible after all, and it looks like she might have to marry one of the two most awful men in the entirety of Texas, it's time for Tulip to exercise her creativity -- and her giant racing tortoises.From the tongue-in-cheek notice advising that exaggeration is forbidden in the state of Texas, to the last image of the speedy turtles out to pasture with saguaro cactus, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch is pure fun. Because of its length and ironic voice, it will likely work better with older students than with younger ones -- possibly in a unit on tall tales, or simply for entertainment. For those who love a little hyperbole mixed in with their hilarity, though, this one will likely hit the spot.

  • Autumn
    2019-04-21 21:22

    K picked this book up from his school library.Even though I enjoyed the book I do not think K did. I didn't read the blurb when he brought the book home I just looked at the cover and was like oh wow giant tortoises how fun will this book be. You have Widow Tulip who has a farm and the farm grows BIG things which I thought was awesome. But then in comes the talk about marriage, suitors are coming up to marry this Widow and she sets them on tasks which are pretty cool. K only thought the giant tortoises, the food and how the millions of ducks were in the river was awesome. Other than that I think the story kind of flew over his head as to what it was about. Overall a fun read for those that like Tall Tales!

  • Barbara
    2019-04-25 21:15

    Anyone who loves tall tales will find this picture book delightful with all of its exaggerations. When Tulip Jones inherits money and a ranch in Texas, she becomes the object of desire for many suitors bent on financial security. Since 1,000 men come by the ranch for tea, the widow hires a baker to provide sweets for the men. Observant readers will notice how the two of them form a bond while sharing a snack or two. Once she sets seemingly impossible tasks for the men who would be her husbands, only the meanest and most determined guys remain, and she manages to outsmart them. Showing the unsavory suitors and the outlandish Texas landscape, the acrylic and pencil illustrations will prompt smiles and guffaws from readers.

  • Lydia
    2019-04-19 15:14

    Not to be confused with the Trinka Noble's classic Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, detailing the adventures of Rancher Hicks and his wife; Isaacs' story is about the Widow Tulip. The widow, living in England, receives an inheritance of money and land in Texas, so promptly moves there and is automatically of interest to all the un-married cowboys for miles around. So ensues her plans to rid herself of the unwanted suitors, raise giant tortoises, catch a gang of bad guys and just maybe find someone she actually loves along the way! A fun story, with the side kicks getting as much credit as the main character and plenty of Texas sized humor for all! No content issues.

  • Melissa Mcavoy
    2019-04-24 19:09

    A fun outrageous Texas spin on a tall tale. When Tulip Jones of Greater Bore, England inherits a Texas ranch she takes the frontier challenges in stride...except for her unanticipated suitor problem. Like Penelope before her she finds herself eaten out of house and home by an attentive pack, hoping to cash in on her fortune. So she sets them some impossible tasks, which turn out not to be so impossible after all. Fortunately she gets some help from her trusty staff which result in an over the top satisfying conclusion for all. Bonus points for ethnic diversity represented in Kevin Hawkes excellent and irrepressible illustrations.

  • Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
    2019-04-08 16:59

    When Tulip Jones inherited $35 million dollars and a Texas ranch she moved with her servants and pet tortoises to start a new life on the Texas plains. But women and wealthy widows are in high demand among the cowboys settling Texas and Tulip Jones soon found herself flooded with unwanted suitors. As Tulip works to rid herself of suitors, her servants hatch a plan to bring women to the Texas plains. As this tall tail spins itself as big as Texas, all ends well. The humor will bring a laugh of disbelief among students as adults will note the grains of truth about 19th century Texas mixed into the tale.