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The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas Paperback – November 3, 2015
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Gr 5–8—This biography of Buffalo Bill Cody covers the showman, scout, and hunter's life from birth to his fame as an entertainer. When Cody was seven, he and his family moved from Iowa to Kansas. He and his siblings were introduced to slavery, to which the family was opposed. By the time Cody was 12, he knew how to camp, lasso and ride wild horses, drive teams of oxen, and how to handle firearms. He also developed a deep appreciation for the clothing, music, dances, games, and martial skills of the Native American tribes. Cody saw the immense value of their sign language. From friends and relatives, he also learned the impact of a dramatic entrance or gesture. Pre-Civil War violence engulfed the Cody family, and Warren keeps readers engrossed as she describes the deadly mayhem that the newspapers labeled "Bloody Kansas." When Cody enlisted in the Union Army a week before his 18th birthday, his talents made him perfect for his role as a scout and spy. He would go on to found the traveling extravaganza Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. Copious illustrations and photographs and thorough back matter further enhance this exciting biography. VERDICT This unputdownable adventure reveals the human side of Buffalo Bill. A solid addition to biography collections.—Sharon M. Lawler, formerly of Randolph Elementary, Randolph AFB, TX --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“Gripping and intelligent read.” —Publishers Weekly
“Providing contextualizing information along the way, Warren chronicles all these colorful adventures in lively prose...Well-researched, engagingly written.” —Kirkus Reviews
“When Warren discusses topics such as the adult Cody’s shooting buffalo and using Indians in his Wild West show, she places them within the context of his times, making the portrayal of Cody overwhelmingly positive. A vivid starting point for a study of ‘Bleeding Kansas.’” —Booklist
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Written in a compelling style, often times using direct quotes from Billy himself as well as his sister, Julia, and other witnesses, The Boy Who became Buffalo Bill, focuses on Billy's youth, the years leading up to Bleeding Kansas and the events surrounding Billy's life there. While the author does get into his adult life a bit at the end, the focus here is on his teenage years, his involvement in outlaw raids during the Civil War, and his service in the Union Army. It's clear that Warren is more trusting of Cody's own words than many others, and Cody was known to exaggerate and even make things up which makes it hard to know how much of his own version of his life was actually true. But regardless, Warren presents a compelling read, leaving it to the reader to accept or reject Cody's version of events.
I read the teaser and just had to have it myself.
This is truly a must have book if you like history.
It's hard to realize how hard they had it back then.
it catches your attention from the first page.
Andrea Warren is a great author.
I had no idea Buffalo Bill has such an interesting life, and it was told mostly through the eyes of Bill as a child..I would recommend this book to children as well as adults.