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Grandfather Buffalo is the oldest bull in the herd. Whenever the herd moves on, he is always a little behind.

But when a female buffalo is ready to give birth, he is there to protect her, and he’s there to help nudge the new calf along.The youngster’s liveliness puts Grandfather Buffalo to the test, but the calf learns quickly that whether the herd is braving a dust storm or stopping for a rest, there’s no better place to be than right by ...

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Overview

Grandfather Buffalo is the oldest bull in the herd. Whenever the herd moves on, he is always a little behind.

But when a female buffalo is ready to give birth, he is there to protect her, and he’s there to help nudge the new calf along.The youngster’s liveliness puts Grandfather Buffalo to the test, but the calf learns quickly that whether the herd is braving a dust storm or stopping for a rest, there’s no better place to be than right by Grandfather Buffalo’s side.

Jim Arnosky shows the struggles faced in nature by both young and old, and the tender bonds that form across generations.

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A 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.
—Beverley Fahey
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K-Gr 3-This is the story of an older buffalo that is no longer able to keep up with the rest of the herd. While the idea that the once-powerful old bull is growing older and unable to keep pace is sad, he is filled with serenity. In his travels behind the herd, he comes across a buffalo cow about to give birth. He stays with her throughout her labor and protects and cares for the calf, saving it during a dust storm. The book portrays the circle of life in a beautiful way, but it also shows the protective bond between young and old, as well as the important role Grandfather Buffalo continues to play in the herd dynamic. This book is a perfect interplay of poetic text and strong art that is full of love and empathy. Arnosky gives the impression of the harshness of the prairie environment without overdramatizing. Each spread features the majestic expanse of the tall grass and the other creatures that inhabit it. This is Arnosky at his excellent best.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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An old buffalo finds himself slowing down, but he still maintains a place within the herd in this gentle nature story. Grandfather Buffalo trails behind as the herd moves on and thus is the only bull present to protect another lagging buffalo, this one a pregnant cow, whose calf also comes under his protection when it is born. Arnosky depicts a gorgeously rolling prairie, the buffalo sharing the page with antelope, rattlesnakes, whooping cranes and regal fritillaries. As in his other picture books, the hazards encountered-separation from the herd, a dust storm-are just scary enough for his audience, and the inevitable reunions are sweetly reassuring. While the attachment between Grandfather Buffalo and the newborn calf may be zoologically suspect, this is unlikely to bother young readers, who will instead find the intergenerational bond pleasingly recognizable. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399241697
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/16/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 years
  • Lexile: AD810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.64 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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