Buffalo Bird Girl
Interweaving actual stories of a Native American woman born in the 1830s with the captivating artwork of a contemporary artist from the Sioux tribe in the Dakotas, this book chronicles the everyday adventures of a young girl growing up in the 1800s in a small village along the Missouri River. In many respects, this story reads like an episode of ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ only the focus of this full-color publication is on how Native American children lived long ago. Attention is also given in the text to the common belief of many Native American tribes that the Great Spirit indwells or inhabits all nature. This publication would make a wonderful read-aloud book for young children as well as a supplement to an American history curriculum. Measures 10”x 10”. 48 pgs, pb. ~ Mike
This fascinating picture book biography tells the childhood story of Buffalo Bird Woman--a Hidatsa Indian born around 1839. Through her true story, readers learn what it was like to be part of this Native American community, which lived along the Missouri River in the Dakotas, a society that depended on agriculture for food and survival rather than hunting. Using original artwork and archival photographs, award-winning author/illustrator S. D. Nelson has captured the spirit of Buffalo Bird Girl and her lost way of life. The book includes a bibliography and an index, as well as an author's note and timeline of events.