Friday, November 7, 2014

Book Review: Buffalo Song NAHM Blog Hop

I received a copy of "Buffalo Song" by Joseph Bruchac for the purpose of this review.

Honestly when I sat down to read this book with Chiquita I didn't expect to like it.  The realistic illustrations aren't my style and I wasn't sure Chiquita would have the patience for the historical tale with no little girls in it. 

I was wrong.  

After choking back tears for the first few pages when a herd of buffalo were killed for their tongues, both Chiquita and I fell in love with Little Thunder Hoof, the surviving buffalo calf.  As we followed the story of the little adopted herd's journey to find a home under the care of Walking Coyote I was transported too.  I remember at the age of 19 seeing an American Bison for the first time at Yellowstone National Park and just being in total awe!  I know we will make this trip next year so Chiquita can have the same experience.  Scroll down for a chance to win the beautiful book.

Our life is a little crazy right now so we didn't do a craft, but Chiquita has been really into beading and we did talk about how some Native American tribes used beads as money.  Chiquita thought that was a great idea, she'd actually suggested it several times before, even filling her piggy bank with beads. When the settlers came and  traded with the people for beads it took some time for them to catch on that the beads didn't have the same value to the Europeans since they were able to mass produce them.  Chiquita's first lesson on hostile inflation.

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Children of the Tipi
Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days, edited by Michael O. Fitzgerald
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, by Chief Jake Swamp
by Joseph Bruchac
Jim Thorpe's Bright Path
Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path, by Joseph Bruchac
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Himdag postcard set
Postcard set from Paper Papel Papier: pack of 12 craft postcards decorated with the word himdag (value $18).  Himdag is from the O’odham ├▒iok language of the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona and northwest Mexico.  To embrace Himdag is to walk in balance, alone, with others, with nature, and with the Creator.

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  1. This sounds like a moving story! Thanks for the review.

  2. This looks like a beautiful and moving book! Thanks for sharing it at Booknificent Thursday this week! Always great to have you!

  3. Oh, that sounds like an amazing book!! Thank you for reviewing it. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!