When Conor's parents give him a present of a cowboy suit he wants to wear it all the time. At school Conor is teased about his cowboy outfit, but he doesn't care. Then the other children in his class think it's great fun and they want to dress up too.
So their teacher decides that all the class may dress up on Fridays. Even Teacher dresses up -- as the sheriff! Conor's big sister is jealous, so she wears her magician's outfit to school -- but everyone else in her class is in uniform, until, of course, they too want to dress up. And all because of Conor and his cowboy suit!
Gillian Perdue is a children's writer and dancing teacher. She previously worked as a primary school teacher for over fifteen years, and has always had a deep love for children's books. Gillian acted as chairperson of the Bisto Book Awards 1999-2000, and she has written resource materials for the use of real books in the classroom.
Gillian's first book, Adam's Starling was written for older readers and won the Eilís Dillon Memorial Award 2002. The Irish Times described Adam's Starling as an impressive debut. Since then she has written three books in the successful O'Brien Panda Series - Conor's Cowboy Suit, Panda No. 23, Conor's Concert, Panda No. 25, and Conor's Canvas, Panda No. 35. The spirited and determined Conor, who loves to do things his way and his way only has proved to be extremely popular with younger readers. Gillian is married with two children, and lives in Dublin.
Michael Connor is a school teacher who lives in Limerick.
'Warm-hearted and enjoyable'
'Conor's Cowboy Suit ... contains positive messages about taking risks and being an individual even in the face of potential ridicule'
Teaching Resources: free to view and download
Download Activity sheets: A Cowboy's Clothes: activity sheet number 3
Download Activity sheets: Conor's Cowboy Crunch: activity sheet number 2
Download Activity sheets: Conor's Dream: activity sheet number 1
Download Activity sheets: Cowboy Songs: activity sheet number 4