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The American Bison: History Comics


Series
History Comics

written and illustrated by
Andy Hirsch

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
First Second
ISBN
9781250265838
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: General , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
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Following the success of "Science Comics," First Second is launching a new nonfiction series: "History Comics!" These page-turning and gorgeously illustrated graphic novels allow you to experience history like never before! Fight for equality in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, train with the first civilian selected for a mission to space, help spark a rebellion at the Stonewall Riot, and so much more!

Turn back the clock to the early 18th century, when the American prairies shook under the hooves of nearly 30 million bison. Fast as a horse, tall as a person, and heavier than both combined, they roamed from coast to coast. A century later, people struggled to find a single one left alive. How did the great herds disappear, and what will it take to bring them back?Map. Introduction. Author’s note. Note about “the use of bison vs. buffalo.” Select sources. Full-color digital illustrations. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: General , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

128

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Dewey

599.64

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

Book Genres

Graphic Novels

Topics

Bison. North America. Endangered species. Great Plains. Prairie. Indigenous and First Nations people.  Wildlife conservation. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–In tribute to conservationists and others who “bent history away from the worst,” Hirsch extends his sad tale of the near disappearance of bison from the North American continent to describe in some detail how private ranchers, organizations like the American Bison Society and the InterTribal Buffalo Council, and one zoo preserved remnants of the once-mighty herds into the 20th and 21st centuries. The artist adds immediacy to his account with graphic (sometimes in both senses of the term) cartoon scenes of prehistoric and later hunters, massacres leaving rolling hills covered in skinned carcasses, historical figures who played significant roles in the saga, and throughout, great woolly beasts with, more often than not, friendly or confused expressions. Pointing out that since today more than 90 percent of all bison are “market bison,” commercially raised for food, their wild cousins are still vulnerable, Hirsch ends with the 2005 release of a small herd in Montana by the American Prairie Reserve and the conclusion that “It’s a good start.” Readers inspired to dive more deeply into the causes and course of this dramatic rescue should consult the short list of contemporary documents at the end, or seek out Albert Marrin’s Saving the Buffalo, which features period illustrations. VERDICT Young animal lovers and eco-activists alike will be moved by this wrenching but ultimately hopeful case study.–John Peters, Children’s Literature Consultant, NY

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–In tribute to conservationists and others who “bent history away from the worst,” Hirsch extends his sad tale of the near disappearance of bison from the North American continent to describe in some detail how private ranchers, organizations like the American Bison Society and the InterTribal Buffalo Council, and one zoo preserved remnants of the once-mighty herds into the 20th and 21st centuries. The artist adds immediacy to his account with graphic (sometimes in both senses of the term) cartoon scenes of prehistoric and later hunters, massacres leaving rolling hills covered in skinned carcasses, historical figures who played significant roles in the saga, and throughout, great woolly beasts with, more often than not, friendly or confused expressions. Pointing out that since today more than 90 percent of all bison are “market bison,” commercially raised for food, their wild cousins are still vulnerable, Hirsch ends with the 2005 release of a small herd in Montana by the American Prairie Reserve and the conclusion that “It’s a good start.” Readers inspired to dive more deeply into the causes and course of this dramatic rescue should consult the short list of contemporary documents at the end, or seek out Albert Marrin’s Saving the Buffalo, which features period illustrations. VERDICT Young animal lovers and eco-activists alike will be moved by this wrenching but ultimately hopeful case study.–John Peters, Children’s Literature Consultant, NY

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