Enchanted Buffalo

Enchanted Buffalo



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982274934
Publisher: South Dakota State Historical Society
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 31
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


Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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Enchanted Buffalo 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bibliovermis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
comfypants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
mavinger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A simple animal transformation tale accompanied by beautiful illustrations. A relatively simple story but that is to be expected from this type of fable.
bjappleg8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.