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Children's LiteratureA buffalo, old but still strong, walks alone following the tracks of the herd in the distance. Near a stream a cow has also fallen behind, as the birth of her calf is imminent. The old buffalo stays near her under a starry sky until the calf is born. As the three struggle to catch up to the herd, a blinding dust storm rages around them. The calf stays close to the old buffalo. Later that night, safe at last, grandfather buffalo awakes from sleep to feel something pressing close to him—the young calf. Arnosky tenderly writes of the bond foraged between the young and old and the important role the elderly play in the life of the young. This peaceful, poetic circle of life story is complemented by the simplicity and beauty of the artwork. Arnosky's palette and attention to detail reflect his own deep communion with nature. 2006, Putnam/Penguin, Ages 5 to 8.