The Buffalo Are Back

The Buffalo Are Back

by Jean Craighead George
     
 

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The buffalo, an American icon once nearly extinct, has made a comeback. This stirring picture book tells the dramatic story, following bison from the Plains Indians to the cowboys, Teddy Roosevelt to the Dust Bowl, and from the brink of extinction to the majestic herds that now roam our national parks. Paired with gorgeous paintings by landscape artist Wendell Minor,

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The buffalo, an American icon once nearly extinct, has made a comeback. This stirring picture book tells the dramatic story, following bison from the Plains Indians to the cowboys, Teddy Roosevelt to the Dust Bowl, and from the brink of extinction to the majestic herds that now roam our national parks. Paired with gorgeous paintings by landscape artist Wendell Minor, Jean Craighead George's engaging text will inspire a new generation to understand and protect nature's delicate balance.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—With the call of the meadowlark and the bawling of a newborn bison calf opening Jean Craighead George's book (Dutton, 2010), the symbiotic relationship of the buffalo, the American Indian, and the grass are chronicled. The almost complete demise of the American bison and the tall grass prairie in the mid 1800s is described, as well as their comeback through the efforts of environmentalists such as Teddy Roosevelt. The story successfully combines fiction and non-fiction elements to present the history and future of the land and its occupants. Wendell Minor, whose beautiful watercolor illustrations enhance the text, also simply narrates the story in a tone that reflects the prairie. Of special note is the music of Chris Kubie that evokes the atmosphere of the setting through the use of the flute and other instruments. Other sound effects, particularly the meadowlark song, transport listeners to a gentler time and place. Page-turn signals are optional, and well-placed pauses give listeners/readers time to peruse the book.—Ann Brownson, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
Kirkus Reviews
Beginning and ending with the joyous birth of a calf, George describes the eradication of bison from the American plains, subsequent ecosystem damage, return of the species and restoration of the tall grass prairie in this companion to The Wolves Are Back (2008). The author makes the interconnections between the animals and the native prairie grasses clear, emphasizing her point through repetition. Explaining that the eradication of the buffalo was a strategy for wiping out the Plains Indians, George's sympathies are evident. She quotes Sioux Chief Sitting Bull's description of the buffalo's disappearance as "a death-wind for my people" and points out that the dust storms that followed were a death wind for settlers as well. Unfortunately, the book strays into fiction when a young Wichita Indian buffalo-census-taker watches a new calf at the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, whose herd of only 13 (not 300) bison was reintroduced only in the fall of 2009 and has not yet grown. Minor's expressive and lushly detailed paintings have texture and depth, supporting and enhancing the text. Environmental good news. (sources, websites) (Informational picture book. 5-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781430109785
Publisher:
Live Oak Media
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Craighead George is a naturalist and award-winning author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor My Side of the Mountain and Newbery Award—winning Julie of the Wolves. She lives in Chappaqua, New York.

Wendell Minor is a celebrated illustrator and designer of books for children, many by his friend Jean Craighead George. He lives in Connecticut.

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