Grandfather Buffalo

by Jim Arnosky

Paperback, 2014



Call number




G. P. Putnam's Sons (2014)


When Grandfather Buffalo, the oldest bull of the herd, trails behind the group, he finds that he is joined by a newborn calf.

User reviews

LibraryThing member lmaddux
this book can be used to show to respect your elders, all grades
LibraryThing member SweetBeeBecky
This beautifully illustrated story of how a buffalo herd needs and values all of its members, from the elderly grandfather buffalo, who guides and protects the younger generations while allowing them to shine in their own right, to the younger generation of buffalo, who learn and feel loved by the
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older generations. Vocabulary specific to buffalo, their life cycle, and their migration patterns are used, making it an excellent source of information about this species, but it is told in story-like fashion so as not to overwhelm or intimidate even the youngest reader. I found it to be highly appealing and informative in a casual way, as did the fourth grade boys who chose it to read during silent reading time in the classroom.
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LibraryThing member PolyDrive
This story is filled with great pictures. I read this to my first graders and they loved looking at the pictures while I read. They knew the story was about love and respect. I will do a read aloud with this book again!
LibraryThing member Sarah.Lew
In this book, Grandfather Buffalo always falls behind his herd, but he helps a mother buffalo give birth to her calf; the calf soon learns that the best place to be is with Grandfather Buffalo. This book is a great tool to use to teach respect and kindness and can be used as a mentor text for those
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children who want to write about their grandparents. This book is appropriate for preschool and up.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Although old and slow, Grandfather Buffalo is still a part of his herd in this lovely picture-book from author/illustrator Jim Arnosky. He occasionally falls behind, but always manages to follow the tracks of the herd, and reunite with them. One night he finds himself in company with a pregnant
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cow, and guards her as she gives birth to a calf. From that day forward, Grandfather Buffalo functions as an extra guardian for the young calf, making sure he is safe, and stays with the herd...

A little bit more complex than some of the other Arnosky picture-books I have been reading recently, from Rabbits & Raindrops to Babies in the Bayou, Grandfather Buffalo pairs an engaging and ultimately poignant story with gorgeous illustrations. Arnosky captures the majesty of these creatures of the plains, and he also captures the importance of intergenerational relations in any group of herd animals. Although his book is not meant to be strictly informational, it can certainly be used with young children to build an appreciation for buffalo (technically, bison) and for the natural world. I understand that this title was selected for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a charity which gives every child in a given region a book per month, for the first five years of their lives. What a wonderful program, and what a wonderful book to be included in it! Recommended to all young animal and nature lovers, and to fans of Arnosky's artwork.
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Physical description

10 x 0.5 inches


0399247866 / 9780399247866
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