|Publisher:||South Dakota State Historical Society|
|Product dimensions:||6.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Date of Birth:May 15, 1856
Date of Death:May 6, 1919
Place of Birth:Chittenango, New York
Place of Death:Hollywood, California
Education:Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Enchanted Buffalo based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This book was not as well written or as well thought-out as I have come to expect from L. Frank Baum, but it was a nice little story and the illustrations were lovely. Sadly, the Early Review copy is unbound and not worth keeping.
The story is predictable, but well told, and is the sort of folk tale that isn't hurt by predictability. The illustrations don't directly contribute to the storytelling, but they're in a unique style and are interesting for that.
A simple animal transformation tale accompanied by beautiful illustrations. A relatively simple story but that is to be expected from this type of fable.
I¿ve been a fan of Baum¿s Wizard of Oz books ever since I was quite young, but I wasn¿t familiar with any of his other works. I was quite interested to learn that Baum had spent several years of his life in Aberdeen, Dakota Territory (as it was then known) back in the 1880s and 1890s, both as a newspaperman and storekeeper since I also have deep personal connections with South Dakota. My ancestors on both parents' sides were early settlers, both my parents grew up there, and most of my extended family still lives there.The story itself was not so interesting. It's a fairly simple children¿s fable involving Barrag, the buffalo who becomes king of his herd by murdering the old, feeble king Dakt. When the Dakt's young son challenges his right to rule, Barrag seeks to neutralize the threat he poses by enlisting the aid of Pagshat, the Evil Genius whose magic helped him win the crown. Pagshat gives Barrag a magic powder which turns the young buffalo into a panther. Ultimately, of course, the wicked usurper is overcome and good triumphs.Knowing Baum¿s background and familiarity with the place he was writing about, I anticipated perhaps greater authenticity or a heightened sense of place from the tale. The story fails in this, however; it feels as completely removed from any real place as the land of Oz.The illustrations, by Lakota artist Donald Montileaux, are another matter. His depictions are colorful and vivid and lift the book above the ordinary. Mainly for that reason, I am able to recommend this book.