Hidden Buffalo

Hidden Buffalo

by Rudy Wiebe, Michael Lonechild
     
 

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2004 Alberta Children's Book of the Year

Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award shortlist 2004

In this lyrical coming-of-age story, Governor General's Award-winner Rudy Wiebe captures the anxiety of a boy who feels powerless to help his people, but who must speak his dreams if they are to survive. Steeped in aboriginal myth and lore,

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2004 Alberta Children's Book of the Year

Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award shortlist 2004

In this lyrical coming-of-age story, Governor General's Award-winner Rudy Wiebe captures the anxiety of a boy who feels powerless to help his people, but who must speak his dreams if they are to survive. Steeped in aboriginal myth and lore, Hidden Buffalo is also the tale of how a whole tribe can turn its gaze from the horizon to see to the wisdom of a child.

Original paintings by noted Cree artist Michael Lonechild capture the colorful palette of the prairie landscape in autumn and the rich detail of Cree life in the late nineteenth century.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Wonderfully crafted."

Books in Canada

"A not-often-realized dance of cadenced, incantatory, inforced prose and still, golden paintings that glow with a kind of inner light."

Globe & Mail

"Michael Lonechild's paintings are beautiful, full of texture and light of the prairies and a powerful sense of an ancient culture."

Calgary Herald

"Provides an evocative introduction to the life on the plains and the ways of these people."

School Library Journal

"Skillfully told and illustrated."

Booklist

School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-Based on an ancient legend, this story tells of a young man who is sent to find buffalo. Through a dream/vision, he saves the Cree people from starvation by actually finding the animals when it seemed there would be none to provide for winter survival. Told in the quiet, spare style of many Native American tales, this story stays calm even in the face of great trouble. The illustrations of the prairie beautifully capture the light and feel of the region in fall. Immediacy is retained by the use of the present tense throughout the book. Full-page layouts increase the sense of open space, although the text is difficult to read when it is placed on darker colors. Used as a read-aloud, this title provides an evocative introduction to the life on the plains and the ways of these people.-Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889953345
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
04/12/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

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