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Hancus ille Vaccanis (Hank the Cowdog in Latin)

"Ubi eram? Sub benzini cisternis, adsequens somno. Subito iuxta me ibi erat Drover, saliens sursum deorsum, et emittens istum stridorem,
quod in aurium tympanos perterebret. Cum id faciat tu ignorare eum non potes."

"Where was I? Under the gas tanks, catching up on my sleep. All at once Drover was right there beside me, jumping up and down and giving off that high-pitched squeal of his that kind of bores into your eardrums. You can't ignore him when he does that." -Hank the Cowdog

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Hank the Cowdog is the chief of security on the ranch. He keeps unwanted hombres such as porcupines, at bay, often with little praise from his cantankerous master and little help from his ally, the dim-witted Drover. However, when he ends up becoming the number 1 suspect for a murder and he ends up having to join a gang of coyotes. At first he is accepted as one of their own, but what Hank do when they coyotes attack his own ranch?

For readers familiar with the story of Hank the Cowdog, this Latin translation by Karen Moore will be entertaining and instructive. Latin is meant to be spoken and read, not just a bunch of words and charts to memorize. This fun story brings the classical language to life for students.

From the Introduction:

"The Classics are deeply rooted in Texas history. The last stand at the Alamo has long been called the Thermopylae of the West. The daring slogan “Come and Take It!,” raised at the Battle of Gonzales (A.D. 1835), is a direct translation from “μολων λαβε” the defiant response of King Leonidas of Sparta to the Persian King Xerxes and his demand for surrender at the same Battle of Thermopylae (480 B.C.). The great general Sam Houston led his troops in the War for Texas Independence while carrying a copy of Julius Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War in his saddle-bag. In his youth, Houston (like Alexander the Great) enjoyed a leisurely read of Homer’s Iliad. Among Texas youth today, Latin enjoys a prominent place in linguistic studies, second only to Spanish. Thus, it is only fitting that the epic adventures of Hank the Cowdog, the classic canine hero of Texas, should find their place in the canon of Latin literature." 

Karen T. Moore is the author of multiple books on or in Latin for all levels of learning including the Libellus de Historia series, the Latin Alive textbook series, and the Latin Alive Reader: Latin Literature from Cicero to Newton. Mrs. Moore has taught Latin for more than twenty years in public schools, private schools, and home school settings. She currently teaches classical language and ancient humanities at Grace Academy of Georgetown, TX. where she built the 3-12th grade classical language program. Raised in the heart of Texas, Karen's favorite memories are summers on the family homestead and camping/hiking trips throughout Texas with her family. She and her husband Bryan continued such traditions while raising their three children, often with Hank the Cowdog along for the ride. When not engaged in classical literature, Karen can be found gardening, hiking, or ballroom dancing with her husband.

AUTHOR: John R. Erickson

ILLUSTRATOR: Gerald R. Holmes

TRANSLATOR: Karen T. Moore

EDITOR: Steven L. Jones

ISBN 10: 1-95-241071-1

ISBN-13: 978-1-952410-71-0

PUBLISHER: Logos Press

PUB. DATE: November 18, 2020