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The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Captivating biography of legendary showman Buffalo Bill.

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Filled with cowboys, wagon trains, cattle drives, Indians, Civil War spies, and European royalty, this riveting biography of Buffalo Bill has enough adventure for a Hollywood movie. Author Andrea Warren's liberal use of archival photos and illustrations bring a sense of time and place to the text and helps make the often-dreaded "history lesson" come alive. THE BOY WHO BECAME BUFFALO BILL presents the complex issue of slave and free states in a way that's understandable even for readers who might not yet have studied the subject.

Warren addresses but never discusses in depth two striking dualities in Cody's life: He earned his nickname by killing thousands of buffalo to feed workers on the railways going west, but he also was a conservationist. He fought and killed Indians while he was an Army scout and felt that they should cede their land to white settlers, but he was an open critic of their treatment by the U.S. government and honored them as respected members of his Wild West Show. This book will show readers that biographies can be even more exciting than fiction.

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