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Buffalo Before Breakfast (Magic Tree House #18): 04/05/10
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 between being careful and brave and being careless and brave. The three get carried away with being brave that they end up starting a bison stampede.
It was an interesting introduction to Lakota life as it must have been like before homesteaders started taking over the land. It seemed though simplistic compared to recent books (and later books) in the series. Here they are supposed to be brave but that need is brought on by an act of stupidity. It would have been better if the stampede had been the result of something unrelated.
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