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Book Title: Buffalo Woman|
The author of the book: Paul Goble
Edition: Atheneum Books
The size of the: 692 KB
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Date of issue: March 1st 1984
ISBN 13: 9780027377200
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Another fantastic Native American porquoi or folktale from prolific artist and writer Paul Goble. A man falls in love witha woman from the Buffalo Nation. She joins is tribe but, after ill treatment from his relatives, leaves with their son to return to her own tribe. He goes after her and faces some dangerous situations and passes a ritual to become part of their tribe. The tale celebrates and explains the special relationship man has with the buffalo. The artwork is sophisticated and elegant- when he first sees the buffalo woman at the water and her reflection in the pool. Also, when he is among, yet separate from the buffalo, he is like a small bird landing in a line of soldiers, insignificant but meaningful.
As with Goble's other works, the dominant literary element is the theme or lesson, which is stated on the last page: we are all related. We have to respect our relationships with animals because they give us so much. This is illustrated in his conversations when the buffalo as they test him. They are impressed with his respect for his wife, son and all buffalo people. Also, his anger when he finds out that his family has mistreated his wife. The other animals all join in to help him showing that humans cannot make it through life alone.
Active read aloud questions:
How do you feel about the way his relatives treat his wife?
Would you go after her given the risks?
Why were the buffalo sympathetic to the young man?
How do we appreciate our food?
Comparing this to his other works is easy. There are similar themes in all his books and they offer great insights into Native American cultures and ideas.
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Read information about the authorPaul Goble was an award winning author and illustrator of children's books. He has won both the Caldecott Medal and The Library of Congress' Children's Book of the Year Award.
He gave his entire collection of original illustrations to the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, South Dakota.
Goble, a native of England, studied at the Central School of Art in London. He became a United States citizen in 1984. Goble's life-long fascination with Native Americans of the plains began during his childhood when he became intrigued with their spirituality and culture.
His illustrations accurately depict Native American clothing, customs and surroundings in brilliant color and detail. Goble researched ancient stories and retold them for his young audiences in a manner sympathetic to Native American ways.
Goble lived with his wife in Rapid City, SD.
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