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Kate is a young cowgirl with a beloved but always-hungry horse named Cocoa. In chapter one, Kate tells Cocoa the story of how he, a chocolate and caramel-colored cow horse, became her pet. Kate brings Cocoa a present in chapter two, but the hungry, impatient horse eats a hole in it before realizing the gift is a hat. In chapter three, Kate tries to count cows while sitting on Cocoa’s back. He keeps interrupting her and leaning down to eat. Kate dismounts and tries other ways of getting high enough off the ground to see all the cattle.
When she climbs a tall tree, Cocoa fears she will fall and begs her to come down. She gets on his back again, and he helps her count cows. In the final chapter, Kate spends the night in the barn with Cocoa. Each time she is comfortably settled in her sleeping bag, the horse needs his hay fluffed, or a snack or some water. When the darkness makes it hard for Kate to sleep, Cocoa sings her a lullaby and snuggles close to her.
One illustration shows Kate meeting Cocoa with two smiling parents standing behind her. Otherwise, no adults are depicted or mentioned.
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