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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers:
School Stories


Conor’s Cowboy Suit by Gillian Perdue
Published by The O’Brien Press Ltd., 2002
ISBN 0-86278-778-5

The day Conor got a present of a cowboy suit was the best day ever. Conor just loves cowboys, the clothes they wear, their big boots with spurs sticking out the back, and best of all, their gunbelts with two holsters for their shiny guns.

His older sister, Laura, who begs him not to go to school in his cowboy suit, has to admit that Conor is in fact “a cool dude”. Not only does he create an opportunity for his own class to dress up every Friday, but Laura’s class are going to do the same.

Conor’s Cowboy Suit by Gillian Perdue


Schoolmates can be cruel at times, but Conor’s story subtly illustrates that dressing differently can be a brave and fun thing to do.

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