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The Buffalo Soldier Hardcover – August 31, 2006

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Grade 3-6–They promise to pay me thirteen dollars a month. More money than that I never saw at once. This poetic narrative evokes the emotion of emancipation and the courage and endurance of a newly freed man who joins the U.S. Army, protecting new settlements from Indians and bandits while earning a living, an education, and the respect of his country. He worries about family left at home and takes pride in a paycheck, finding a new life but facing loneliness in a life lived apart from loved ones. …Sally says she hopes my fingers freeze off so I can't sign up for five more years. Paired with watercolor illustrations, each spread echoes the daily life of a buffalo soldier. This brief story both informs and pulls at the heartstrings of readers as the retired man compares his experiences to those of his son fighting in World War II, while readers view the shadow of his former comrades riding past his porch rocker.–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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Using the perspective of a fictional recruit, Garland recounts the history of the two African American cavalry regiments that served the U.S. from 1866 through 1953. Nicknamed "buffalo soldiers" by the Cheyenne Indians because of their curly hair and bravery, the men protected settlers on the western frontier, marched up San Juan Hill in 1898, and continued to serve until the military was integrated at the end of the Korean War. Garland's mythical enlistee sees the regiment as a means to earn a steady income, obtain an education, and gain respect, despite adversity on and off the battlefield. Himler's vibrant illustrations capture the broad vistas of western landscape, the excitement of horseback pursuit, and the hardships of the work, at the same time conveying respect for the loyal soldiers who endured it all. An author's note provides more about these soldiers and their contributions, making this an excellent introduction to a sometimes-overlooked part of American history. Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (August 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589803914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589803916
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sherry Garland is the award-winning author of thirty books for children, teenagers and adults. Several of her books focus on the Vietnamese culture due to her close friendships with Vietnamese families. As a fifth generation Texan, she also sets many of her books in the Lone Star State. She especially likes to write historical works. For more information, visit her website: www.sherrygarland.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Ray on October 22, 2013
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"The Buffalo Soldier" by Sherry Garland, with illustrations by Ronald Himler, is an excellent introduction to the famed Buffalo Soldiers of the U.S. Ninth and Tenth Cavalry on the western frontier. Though written primarily for young readers, it is of value to anyone who wants to know more about these gallant soldiers. Garland does a good job writing from the point of view of one of these men - all without being in any way dismissive or disrespectful. Himler's illustrations are excellent, although he shows all the men in neat uniforms and wearing yellow scarves, when in fact, they often were in rather ragged dress and wore a variety of scarves and headgear. Minor issues in an otherwise excellent book that I highly recommend for adults as well as young readers. I bought this book to use as a research source for my own series of novels about the men of the Ninth Cavalry, and find it extremely useful.Buffalo Soldier: Escort Duty
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"The Buffalo Soldier" by Sherry Garland, with illustrations by Ronald Himler, is an excellent introduction to the famed Buffalo Soldiers of the U.S. Ninth and Tenth Cavalry on the western frontier. Though written primarily for young readers, it is of value to anyone who wants to know more about these gallant soldiers. Garland does a good job writing from the point of view of one of these men - all without being in any way dismissive or disrespectful. Himler's illustrations are excellent, although he shows all the men in neat uniforms and wearing yellow scarves, when in fact, they often were in rather ragged dress and wore a variety of scarves and headgear. Minor issues in an otherwise excellent book that I highly recommend for adults as well as young readers.
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Beautiful illustrations, great information about the buffalo soldiers, and it's told in a very interesting, engaging way. Enjoyed it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mimbresgirl on December 8, 2010
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Finally, a good book at a child's level on this important part of US History. Great illustrations and good information.
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