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Starred Review. Grade 5-7–In characteristically robust prose, Marrin retraces the American bison's roller-coaster ride from Lord of the Great Plains to near extinction at the end of the 19th century, and slow recovery. Along with showing how the buffalo fit into the habitat's complex, interdependent ecology, he describes in vivid detail how the animals were hunted and utilized by indigenous peoples–That night, there were favorite dishes like blood soup, that is, blood poured into boiling water and thickened with brains–until being nearly exterminated through a combination of sport hunting, hide harvesting, and a campaign of deliberate slaughter intended to weaken Indian resistance to settlement. A generous array of accompanying illustrations includes crisply reproduced photos, both new and old; prints; paintings; and pictures of artifacts. Closing with an account of the buffalo's rescue and the state of both wild and domestic herds today, this title makes a splashy (sometimes literally so: An enraged buffalo…might suddenly turn its head, slicing open a horse's belly with its horns, sending guts gushing out) alternative to Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's equally passionate but more restrained The Buffalo and the Indians: A Shared Destiny (Clarion, 2006).–John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Nonfiction; 1st edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439718546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439718547
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Albert Marrin is an award winning author of over 40 books for young adults and young readers and four books of scholarship. These writings were motivated by the fact that as a teacher, first in a junior high school in New York City for nine years and then as professor of history and chairman of the history department at Yeshiva University until he retired to become a full time writer, his paramount interest has always been to make history come alive and accessible for young people.

Winner of the 2008 National Endowment for Humanities Medal for his work, which was presented at the White House, was given "for opening young minds to the glorious pageant of history. His books have made the lessons of the past come alive with rich detail and energy for a new generation."

Dr. Marrin's numerous other awards include the Washington Post Childrens'Book Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the James Madison Award for Lifetime Achievement, several Horn Book awards by the Boston Globe, consistently appearing on the best book of the year lists of the American Library Association, frequent recognition by Book Lists, and the Western Heritage Award for best juvenile nonfiction book presented at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame among others.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
You are an author. You have decided to write two non-fiction children's books on two entirely different animals: rats and buffalos. As such, you will need to devote just as much energy to one as to the other. The rat book, one might assume, is relatively easy. Rats (as found in the book, "Oh Rats: The Story of Rats and People") are disgusting/fascinating creatures that lend themselves to interesting writing. And then there are the buffalo to consider. Unlike rats, buffalo might seem a much more difficult subject. A lesser author might quail at the thought of producing a 128 page lushly illustrated, meticulously cited, and FUN book recounting the history of this King of the Plains. You, however, are Albert Marrin and you've got skills (as they say in the biz). So lo and behold this is the result: "Saving the Buffalo", by Albert Marrin. More interesting than it has any right to be, Marrin skillfully tells not only the tale of what a buffalo was and how it was saved, but also how they fit into the plain's ecological balance alongside the larger implications of their near disappearance.

Things you might not have known about the buffalo prior to reading this book:

1. The removal of the buffalo from the plains contributed significantly to the Dust Bowl of the 30s.

2. Wild buffalo have terrible eyesight, a great sense of smell, and won't mind if a human comes up to them on all fours wearing a wolf's skin.

3. Teddy Roosevelt and the ASPCA played a large part in the return of the buffalo to the wild.

And on and on it goes. Marrin pulls fact after fact about the buffalo out of his hat, all the while doing so within the structure of the story. Basically, the book begins by giving you a little background on buffalo basics.
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Format: Hardcover
Albert Marrin's SAVING THE BUFFALO charts the buffalo's near extinction and decline, from its initial position as the most common large land animal in North America to its decline to less than 1,000 creatures. Chapters provide many different explanations to this decline - all of which are based on human activities, both Native and white, and show efforts of early conservationists have saved it for future generations. In a world laden with negatives it's refreshing to find a natural history which shows positive changes CAN be made.
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By Chris on December 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not only did it take a few weeks to get it, it was missing pages!!!
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