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The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman

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The Legend of White Buffalo Woman tells the inspiring story of the first peace pipe, presented to the Lakota people to connect them to the Great Spirit, who will guide them through the hardships of life.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by National Geographic Children's Books (first published 1998)
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This explanation of the origins of the Sioux peace pipe practice isn't one of my favorite of Goble's, although the illustrations are top-notch as always. I think part of the problem is that it has a more complicated context (conflict, expulsion, and migration) to explain and aspects (such as attempted rape) that are awkward to include in a book meant for kids. Also, this story just isn't as fun as, say, the Iktomi stories and some other more mythical tales.

The notes are excellent and extensive,...more
May 07, 2012 Jeana rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Goble, P. (2002). The legend of the white buffalo woman. Washington D.C.: National Geographic Children's Books.

Recommended Ages: 6-12

Through his in-depth study of Native American mythology and culture, Caldecott award winner (The Girl who Loved Wild Horses, 1978) and the Library of Congress’ Children’s Book of the Year winner (Star Boy,, 2004), Paul Goble, enlightens readers of ancient Lakota history through his retelling of The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman. I...more
Alexis Vesey
Paul Goble’s work, The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman, was written after his travels to the Black Hills of South Dakota. He moved to this region to get a first-hand account of the culture and struggles of many tribes of the Plains Indians. This story is based on accounts from the Lakota people he came across during his studies.
The book has a wonderful Author’s Note that explains the context of the story. The text explains that the Peace Pipe was brought to the Lakota people during a time of...more
Brittany Messer
After reading this book, I was a little confused and taken back by the nature of the text. The text talked a lot about death and killing other people. I would not want to read this book to Primary children for it may cause fear in children who do not know about death. It was hard to read the text because of the lack of transitions between pages and the story as a whole. The overall structure of the text was not hard to read. The sentence structure varied in length and difficulty in words. The il...more
Oct 15, 2009 Taya rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: pbgs-3
This book was a great mixture of information and entertainment. The story was very interesting, but because it is a large part of the Native American tradition and belief systems, it is highly educational as well. One thing I noticed while reading this piece was that the colors were very typical for a Native American story. Their traditions place a lot of meaning into red, yellow, black, and white, and these four colors were used frequently throughout the illustrations. The information found on...more
As usual, beautiful art.
This Lakota tale tells the origin of the peace pipe to Plains Indians. The illustrations are beautiful, and the book is specific and authentic. In the back of the book there is a specifically labeled diagram of the peace pipe.
native american story told by Paul Globe one of the best native story tellers, the art work is block print, the stories, are related to native stories, explaining the creation of the world, of man and how things are.
Jenny U
A beautifully illustrated book telling the story of how the Lakota people received the "peace pipe" from Wakan Tanka (The Great Spirit). A must read for anyone interested in Native American culture.
The story of the origin of peace pipes.
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Paul Goble is 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.
To date, Mr. Goble has illustrated over 30 books. He has given 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...more
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