"Twas a cold Christmas eve on the Southwestern plain," and two lonely cowboys are shivering from the cold. A knock at the door of their sod shanty rouses them, and they admit a fat little old man with frost on his whiskers and hat.The old man had been moving a load across the country when his team fled north to escape the panhandle cold. Now he must find a new team to help him finish his rounds.In this new twist on the classic tale, the two cowboys help the mysterious man round up eight replacement longhorns. Together they hitch the cattle up to the odd gent's wagon and see him on his way. The two cowboys trudge back to their shanty, where they discover the gifts the stranger has left them.ABOUT THE AUTHORAuthor/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican's treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Mr. Rice's first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas , has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers also enjoy his Cowboy Rodeo. With over 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Mr. Rice ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children's Book Council.Rice, James is the author of 'Cowboy Night Before Christmas Formerly Titled Prairie Night Before Christmas' with ISBN 9780882898117 and ISBN 0882898116.