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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 -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=cindy+shanks


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

  • Emily Walks the Sheep Trail, AuthorHouse, 2009
  • Alfonso Grows Up on the Sheep Trail , AuthorHouse, 2010
  • Mickey the Sheep Dog, AuthorHouse, 2011
  • Men on the Heber-Reno Sheep Trail, AuthorHouse, 2012
  • Whisper the Wild Horse, AuthorHouse, 2015


Selected Titles At Your Library

Emily walks the Sheep Trail /
ISBN: 1449022081. OCLC Number:

AuthorHouse,. Bloomington, IN :. 2009.

Emily is a new lamb who shares her experiences on the farm and her adventures while walking the Heber-Reno Stock Trail with her mother.

Alfonso grows up on the sheep trail /
ISBN: 1452079803. OCLC Number:

AuthorHouse,. Bloomington, Ind. :. ©2010.

A fictionalized introduction to burros and the Heber-Reno Sheep Trail in Arizona. A very young burro, Alfonso, is introduced to his job as a pack burro. He shares his adventures with six older burros, and the challenges of a 220 mile walk.

Mickey the sheep dog /
ISBN: 1467062375. OCLC Number:

AuthorHouse,. Bloomington, IN :. ©2011.

A border collie tells about his work with the Dobson sheep on the Heber-Reno Sheep Trail in Arizona and on the ranch, the traits of working sheep dogs, and about border collies that compete in sheep dog trials.

Men on the Heber-Reno sheep trail /
ISBN: 1477279490. OCLC Number:

AuthorHouse,. Bloomington, IN :. ©2012.

Describes the work done by the shepherds of the Sheep Springs Sheep Company, especially herding the company's sheep on the 220-mile Heber-Reno Stock trail north to Greer, Arizona in the spring and back to Florence in the fall.

Whisper the wild horse /
ISBN: 150491709X. OCLC Number:

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"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." --Amazon.com.


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