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"A powerful tribute to a majestic animal "
The Buffalo was a way of life for the Indians of the Great Plains. It provided the tribes with food, fuel, and clothing - all their basic needs. The first Americans celebrated the buffalo's sacred spirit with ceremonies, prayers, and songs. The buffalo taught that all living things, including humans, are equal in the natural world.
The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers; he belongs just as the buffalo belonged.... - Oglala Sioux chief
Beverly Brodsky's watercolors and oil paintings accompany tribal song-poems woven into a narrative history about the buffalo's essential and sacred role on the Plains. Her book is a powerful tribute to a majestic animal, tracing the history of the buffalo from the beginning of time to present day.
Beverly Brodsky reveived a Caldecott Honour for her earlier work, the Golem. Her magnificent paintings and text in Buffalo have also reveived many awards, including:
ASPCA Henry R. Bergh Children's Book Honor Winner, 2004
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2004
Best Children's Books of the Year (Outstanding Merit) - Bank Street College, 2004
About the Author
Beverly Brodsky's paintings have been exhibited internationally including Sotheby's in New York after she won the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2000. Beverly has illustrated a number of children's books, among them The Golem, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor. Besides painting and illustrating, she has lectured at Harvard University, the Brooklyn Museum, and the University of California at Berkeley. Currently she lives in New York City and teaches at Parsons School of Design.