Buffalo Before Breakfast (Magic Tree House, #18)
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Buffalo Before Breakfast (La Cabane Magique #18)

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Hello, buffalo!

That's what Jack and Annie say when the Magic Tree House whisks them and Teddy, the enchanted dog, back almost 200 years to the Great Plains. There they meet a Lakota boy who shows them how to hunt buffalo. But something goes wrong! Now they need to stop a thousand buffalo from stampeding!
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Random House for Young Readers (first published May 1st 1999)
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Julesmarie
3.5 stars

Lots of good information in this one. Jack and Annie go back in time and spend a day with some Lakota indians. Jack's trusty research book had some great facts to share about the Indians, but they also spent some time with an Indian "grandmother" who taught them some fascinating things about their beliefs and way of life.

The adventure with the buffalo was improbable and somewhat worrisome. I grew up not far from Yellowstone National Park, and we'd visit at least once a year. So perhaps...more
Rohm1234
Plot:
Jake and Annie go on an adventure back in time to the Great Plains and learn how the Indians obtained their resource and their belief in the Great Spirit. Jack and Annie learned quite a bit from the Indians. It was a simpler time that should've never been disturbed. In my opinion, Indians had it right, and the white man ruined it.

Characterization:
The main characters in “Magic Tree House #18: Buffalo Before Breakfast” are Jack, Annie, Black Hawk,and Grandma. Jack and Annie are two kids f...more
Sarah Sammis
In Buffalo Before Breakfast Jack and Annie are sent to a Lakota village where they must earn a gift of courage to help Arthur in Camelot.

Jack and Annie have to tread carefully when making contact with the Lakota villagers. The rely on Morgan's book for how to introduce themselves and how act respectfully and bravely. They meet a boy of similar age who lives with his grandmother.

Together Jack, Annie and the Lakota boy go hunting for bison. The learn an important lesson about the difference betwee...more
David Redden
Mary (6): 4.5 stars. I say that I'm going to whack you with this Kindle. Hehehehe! What else do you have to say about this book? I liked it when Jack, um, saved, um, Black Hawk from the buffalos and how Annie stopped the stampede with the buffalo woman.

Sam (8): 4.5 stars. I liked it because it gave some more information about buffalo and the, uh, Mary, what were they called? The people? Dad, you better not be writing that. The Lakota? Yes. Okay, what about them? I liked it when Jack saved them....more
Macey Schoenick
Jack and Annie are on another mission only this time, it isn't like the rest. Teddy, a little dog, has a spell on them and they have to undo it. Morgan La Fey leaves a note in the treehouse on what they need to do. Jack and Annie end up back in time when the buffalo roam the land. They find a tribe that welcomes them. Black Hawk, who's the same age as Jack and Annie, tries to help out the siblings with their mission. Will Black Hawk, Jack, and Annie find out the answers to this riddle? Pick up t...more
Rubi Herrera
I've always wanted to be part of a Native American tribe....their way of life always fascinated me.
When Jack and Annie visited the Lakota, a boy tried to show them how to hunt buffalo and got into trouble.
His grandmother had told them there had been no need, that "everything was relates." and it's so true!
We do something that leads to something else and lead sto another and another.....what we do have consequences and people for get that. I love had simply taught this lesson was in this book. I...more
Morbus Iff
You got a little nervous around the Spirit part, until you realized it was a good 'un, not a bad 'un.
Amanda
This book couldn't talk about the settlers without saying "white settlers", which I found very frustrating. My children have no concept of white people vs black people vs whatever people. I don't know how they will find out about racism, but I don't want to teach it to them so I can read a magic tree house book to them. giving a description is one thing, but after you describe the settlers, you can drop the description. Saying "the settlers" or "the US soldiers" would have sufficed. Why go out o...more
Pam Vass
This book is part of a series and in this one, Annie and Jack must help a dog who is under a spell. They go up to their magic tree house and wish themselves to a prairie called the Great Plains where they learn about the Lakota Tribe of Native Americans. This book fits into the magical fantasy category since the kids wish themselves to different places throughout this series of books called the “Magic Tree House” with plots for each book and the same two protagonists in each book with new advent...more
Anna
Jack and Annie are on a set of missions to help a little dog Annie has named Teddy to escape from an enchantment. This book is the 2nd of 4 missions, and in each one they must collect a gift.

In book 17, they got a watch from some children on board the Titanic. Now they are sent to the Great Plains before the buffalo herds were hunted and killed by white settlers and U. S. soldiers. They meet a young Lakota boy named Black Hawk. He takes them to his village where they observe life and meet his gr...more
Brianna
Mar 07, 2012 Brianna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young readers
I remember reading the Magic Treehouse series during Middle School, and they were always entertaining. I loved how they went all around the world, all throughout history, and you learned about different places and time periods as you followed your favorite characters through wonderful adventures. It was really cool. I recommend these books to your little adventurer. They are sure to not disappoint.
Do it! Read the book, because who knows what new world one might fall into? What interesting chara...more
Marc Lucke

Osborne has largely steered clear of the history of the Americas in her series, and with good reason: the legacy of colonialism is an enormously difficult subject to approach for any age group. In the latest story arc of the series, which includes books 17-20, Osborne has finally ventured into the relatively recent American past and the results -- at least here -- are mixed.

While she describes the mass slaughter of the bison unambiguously, even making the point that it was a military maneuver de

...more
Simon
I generally didn't enjoy the setting of this story, because I always had found the Indians to be strange and different. I did however find that this story, above all the others really took me away and put me there. I could smell the air and see the fields of wheat and barley float and swim across the expanse of golden brown.

The sky was clear and blue, the sun was warm and cold at the same time in that dreamlike way. This book was able to make the experience real for me and I really enjoyed it....more
Ethan
In this book, I thought it was really fun because Jack and Annie found this tree house ( in book number one) and they've been traveling around the world helping their friend, Morgan le Fay. She travels around the world collecting books on space, history, etc. I like how Black Hawk met Jack and Annie. In part of the book, there's these buffaloes that start to chase them, but then The White Buffalo woman comes and appears out of nowhere, holds out her hand and the buffaloes stop. I really like thi...more
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Title: Buffalo Before Breakfast

Author: Mary Pope Osborne

Series: Magic Tree House #18

Rating: ★★★

Summary: Hello, buffalo! That's what Jack and Annie say when the Magic Tree House whisks them and Teddy, the enchanted dog, back almost 200 years to the Great Plains. There they meet a Lakota boy who shows them how to hunt buffalo. But something goes wrong! Now they need to stop a thousand buffalo from stampeding!

Review: Hunting buffalo and running through tall grass and rolling plains.

Things I Loved:...more
Seth
Black Hawk's grandma said to Just show Jack and Annie the buffalos but he didn't. Jack and Annie got a eagle feather! Buffalos went on stampede!
Heather


Some people bemoan the formulaic style of these books. My kids, at 7 and 9, are starting to outgrow them, but still enjoy the adventurous stories set in different historical periods and places. This series was often the first introduction to a time period for my daughter when we listened to the audiobooks when she was 5. She was able to remember details and put information from these stories together with history studies. That makes reading these books very worthwhile. Spoiler alert: I think th...more
Morgan
this book was quite enter raining. I remember reading these books when I was in 1st grade. I liked it enough.
Caleb Mckenzie
I liked it. They went and saw some buffalo and Annie calls all the buffalo and they are charging.
Sam
Morgan Le Fey, a magical librarian from the time of King Arthur, has charged a brave young pair of children with the task of freeing an enchanted dog from a spell by collecting four gifts. In the 18th easy-to-read chapter book in Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series, eight-year-old Jack and seven-year-old Annie travel back almost 200 years to the Great Plains to find a "gift from the prairie blue." Along the way, Annie and Jack make friends with young Black Hawk, narrowly miss a buffalo s...more
Dylan Scarborough
I think this is a good book because it go's bake in time.
Nathaniel Mckenzie
It was a really good book. I read it all in one day.
Yasuko Takatsuki
2011.5.29 5172words
Erina Komaki
-RANDOM HOUSE,MAGIC TREE HOUSE,level 2.5
-Time:10/21=90minutes
-7-word summary:Lakota-grandmother-buffalo-hunt-learn-woman-spirit
-Discussion questions:
1.In this story, wild animals appeared. Have you ever seen wild animals in your hometown?
-Actually I don't remember. However my father have seen foxes and deers in my hometown.
2.The main characters like their grandmothers. Do you like your grandparents?
-Yes. My grandmother is very kind of me. She sometimes makes something for me. I like what she mak...more
Dee
A little girl at the library was so excited when I showed her where these books were. I thought, "I have never read a Magic Tree House book." I picked one out and I can see why they are so popular with the kids. I picked one out I thought I would enjoy and it was a nice story about the Lakota Sioux tribe and the extermination of the buffalo and by doing that basically exterminating the Sioux and their way of life. Some illustrations and of course the cute little Westie in the story was a plus fo...more
Patricia
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Brittany
Jack and his little sister Annie are two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania... until they discover a mysterious tree house full of all sorts of books. From that point on their lives will never be the same again! They soon go on amazing adventures (plus children are learning bits of history and most don't realize it) as they travel through time with the help of the magic tree house. The chapters are short with pictures every few pages, making these books perfect for the beginning reader....more
Mary
Jack and Annie go back to the time of the Lakota Sioux and learn how they only take what they need and follow the Bison as they move across the prairies. They meet a young Lakota boy who takes them to see the Bison. But he gets cocky and startles the Bison and they start to stampede. Jack saves him and Annie calms them with the help of White Buffalo Woman (possibly Teddy the dog in a new form). The grandmother of the boy gives them their next gift to take back with them.
Heather
My generic review for the Magic Tree House books -

We've loved them all so far. They are fun, easy to read and contain quite a bit of historical information. We use them as read-alouds, but most elementary/middle school kids could read them on their own.

It does have a touch of 'girl power' at the expense of making the brother seem a little dumb. That kinda bugs. But it's not obvious and my boys haven't noticed. They think Jack is just as cool as his sister.
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