Buffalo Before Breakfast (Magic Tree House #18)
Mary Pope Osborne
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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!
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!
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heading toward the tepee camp. The sun was very bright behind the rider. Jack could only see the outline of a body with a bow and a quiver of arrows on his back. Jack quickly flipped through the book. He found a picture of a man on horseback carrying a bow and arrows. Below the picture it said LAKOTA WARRIOR. Jack read: Everything changed for the Native Americans of the Great Plains after white settlers arrived in the mid-1800s. Fighting broke out between Lakota warriors and white soldiers.
and barked. Annie rushed forward to grab the little dog. Suddenly the wolf stood up on its hind legs! “Yikes!” said Annie. She leaped back. Then she and Jack started to laugh. The fierce wolf was Black Hawk wearing a wolf’s hide! His head came out through a slit near the wolf’s neck. He gave Jack and Annie a little smile. “That’s a great wolf suit,” said Annie. “Why do you wear that?” asked Jack. “The wolf is the most powerful hunter of the buffalo,” said Black Hawk. “When I wear his
Annie. “Hi, Midnight. Hi, Sunlight,” said Annie, naming the ponies. She patted their noses. “Annie,” whispered Jack. “How are we going to ride without saddles or reins?” “Just hold on to their manes,” she said, “and grip with your legs. Watch.” Annie threw her arms around Midnight’s neck. She slung her leg over the pony’s back and pulled herself up. “I’ll carry Teddy in the bag,” Annie said. Jack picked up Teddy and slipped him inside the leather bag. He handed it to Annie, who hung it over
to the time before the white settlers and soldiers had arrived, before the end of the great buffalo herds. “I have been on many hunts,” Black Hawk said, his eyes still on the buffalo. “Were you scared?” said Jack. Black Hawk shook his head. “You’re really brave,” said Annie. Black Hawk smiled proudly. “I will show you how a brave hunter moves,” he said. He slid off his pony. “Wait, your grandmother said not to hunt,” said Annie. “Plus, you don’t have your wolf suit.” “I am not afraid,”
the early 1900s, many people were upset by the killing of the bison. They asked the government to help save these animals. Captive bison were sent to Yellowstone National Park and protected from hunters. Almost 2,500 bison live there today. Here’s a special preview of Magic Tree House #19 Tigers at Twilight Available now! Excerpt copyright © 1999 by Mary Pope Osborne. Published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. Jack and Annie