'Hank the Cowdog' author coming to Goliad

Sept. 23, 2010 at 4:23 a.m.
Updated Sept. 24, 2010 at 4:24 a.m.

GOLIAD - The author of the "Hank the Cowdog" book series is coming to Goliad.

John Erickson will be performing for students Tuesday and will put on a show for the community Monday at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

His trip is being paid for by a $4,000 grant that fourth-grade teacher Shannon Sawyer received from the Goliad Education Fund, which is geared toward innovative ideas that motivate students to learn, Sawyer said.

"It's a fantasy and pretty much a wish list."

On a "hope and a prayer," Sawyer applied for the grant, inspired by her three daughters' adoration of the books.

Sawyer said her family has read more than 20 of the 56 "Hank the Cowdog" books, which require funny voices and singing to get through, she said.

"You should hear mothers trying to sing these funny songs," she said. "My kids love it, and it gets them excited about reading."

The school's library hasn't been able to keep the books on the shelves because of the kids' anticipation of Erickson's arrival, she said.

"Everywhere I go, I see 'Hank the Cowdog,' 'Hank the Cowdog.'"

A poster in the school also boasts a "Warning: Protected By Hank the Cowdog" poster.

Erickson, who lives near Perryton, started the series about a smart-aleck head of ranch security in 1982, and it's since become the longest-running successful children's series to be recorded on audio, according to Billboard charts.

His stories are particularly attractive to Goliad students, Sawyer said, as they portray daily life on a rural ranch.

Students get in free to the Monday night performance, while adult tickets will be $3.



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