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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cindy Shanks  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Tilton, Illinois

-- Cindy Shanks on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Shanks was born and raised in Tilton.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cindy Shanks is a retired elementary teacher who spent 36 years sharing good literature with Kindergarten and First Grade children. She has a Bachelors Degree in Education and her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her Masters work focused on integrating children's literature into all areas of the curriculum. After her retirement, she spent three years following the Dobson sheep, and documenting the historic Heber-Reno Sheep Trail in Arizona with her photographs. Shanks now lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Emily Walks the Sheep Trail
ISBN: 1449022081

AuthorHouse. 2009

Alfonso Grows Up on the Sheep Trail
ISBN: 1452079803

AuthorHouse. 2010

Alfonso begins his adventures on the Heber-Reno Sheep trail as a very young, inexperienced burro. He tells his story of making new friends and learning how to do his job as a pack burro. When the end of summer nears, will he be ready to carry his pack with the other burros and lead the 2000 sheep back to the valley?

Mickey The Sheep Dog
ISBN: 1467062375

AuthorHouse Publishing. 2011

Mickey is a Border Collie who works with sheep in Arizona. He and his family walk the Heber-Reno sheep trail with the Dobson sheep. They herd 2000 sheep along 220 miles of this historic trail. They spend the summer with the sheep in the White Mountains. Mickey tells the story by introducing you to his family and the traits they share as working sheep dogs. He also introduces you to Cait, a Border Collie, who participates in sheep dog trials. If you love dogs, you will love to share the adventures of Mickey in this book entitled Mickey the Sheep Dog.

Men on the Heber-Reno Sheep Trail
ISBN: 1477279490

AuthorHouse. 2012

Whisper the Wild Horse
ISBN: 150491709X

AuthorHouse. 2015

Whisper is a wild horse who lives in the desert along the Salt River in Arizona. Soon after she was born, she became entangled in wire fencing. The author lifted her out and sent her on her way with her family. This book allows you to follow their friendship for the next three years as Whisper grows into a beautiful mare and introduces her new foal to her friend.

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