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Buffalo Sunrise

The Story Of A North American Giant

by Diane Swanson

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list price: $14.95
published: 2007
publisher: Whitecap Books
imprint: Walrus
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Buffalo Sunrise: The Story of a North American Giant

First published in 1997, this edition covers the history of the buffalo in North America. Chapter one gives a visual description and includes how it walks, swims and its general behaviour. The Plains Indians relied on the buffalo and chapter two gives information on their many uses of the animal. A variety of hunting methods including herding them into snow drifts and circling them with horses are mentioned in chapter three. “What Buffaloes meant to the settler in 1890” is the theme of the last chapter. Buffalo were on the brink of extinction but by the use of relocation and protected areas, the herds have made a comeback. Anecdotal sidebars add interest.

Swanson has authored seventy books and won the 1995 Orbis Pictus Award for outstanding children’s fiction.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2008-2009.

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In Buffalo Sunrise: The Story of a North American Giant, Diane Swanson introduces young readers to the world of the buffalo, sharing fascinating details about this remarkable animal. Readers will learn, for example, that: The buffalo is surprisingly agile -- moving on tiptoe as it picks its way along narrow ledges Buffaloes sometimes go swimming just for fun "Buffalo birds" warm their feet in the thick fur on a buffalo's back The birth of a white buffalo is considered a miraculous event The buffalo nearly disappeared from our planet a hundred years ago -- but was saved just in time. The author includes factual information along with legends and anecdotes. Stunning full color photographs and archival images, combined with a lively writing style, will make Buffalo Sunrise a favorite with young readers.

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Diane Swanson

Diane Swanson is an award-winning writer of more than 70 books for children, especially nature and science. Originally from Alberta, she now resides in Victoria, British Columbia. She writes a bug column for YES magazine and is buggy about bugs.
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