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Buford the Little Bighorn

Press: Houghton Mifflin; 1St Edition edition (1967)
Publication Date:1975-1
Author Name:Bill Peet


Buford's giant horns cause him all sorts of problems and even force him to leave his mountainside home, but eventually they make him a hero on the ski slopes.

From the Back Cover

The creator of whimsical fantasies featuring a bevy of lifelike and lovable creatures, Bill Peet consistently combined excellent storytelling with enduring illustrations, becoming one of the most popular picture book creators of our time.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. 
One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book.
All of Bill Peet’s books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today.
In both his career as an author and illustrator of children’s books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters.
As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them.
Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know."At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well.
Bill Peet’s signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity.
His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment.
Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes."At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn’t possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.


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Comment List (Total:15)

  •     If you haven't discovered Bill Peet yet, you're really missing out. Someone recommended this book to me. The rhyming has a nice flow. Great vocabulary experience. Fun art by Mr. Peet who worked for Disney. My most wiggly, sometimes moody 2nd grade grandson read all the way thru, never lost interest and we both laughed. What more can you ask for?

  •     As ordered, as expected

  •     It is impossible to over-rate Bill Peet books! Clever, imaginative, fun, great writing, educational and did I say fun.

  •     Our original was lost by a family member during a move, and this copy replaced it; we still chuckle at how adorable and subtly funny it is. We'll pass it on to the next generation (though I wish the new book was made in the USA).

  •     As a children’s author myself (“Fishing Cousins”) I found this to be a wonderful book. My grand children loved the book and keep rereading it, great work.

  •     A delight enjoyed across generations.

  •     Love this book. A great story about embracing your uniqueness.

  •     Great illustrations, Bill Peet's books always have fun lessons weaved inside, primarily around not judging a book by it's cover and uncovering the protagonist's inner...

  •     Wonderful Bill Peet story.

  •     Another Bill Peet book that I fell in love with and had to buy for my nephews. The character is adorable, both in picture and action. Every page is a treasure.

  •     Bill Peet rights wonderful books for children always with a moral. Fun learning on how to be a good person

  •     Excellent throwback to my childhood! Like "Mog The Forgetful Cat" by Judith Kerr (I'm Japanese-American, born in 1973 in Seattle, to show you where, when, and how I grew up), I recalled reading a book about a ram named Buford. Specifically, a scene where other rams were helping him up a ledge. Well, thanks to the internet, I can now type in some key words, and more often than not, I get a hit! For a very affordable price, I bought this book, fascinated to re-visit it. It was very refreshing to see how Buford defeated the hunters, after all, "nobody roots for Goliath." And, I was reminded at the end, how Buford was EMBRACED by the skiiers who met him; they even had the ski resort build a special "lift" for Buford. But, you know what really added to it? I have become more fascinated with Canada, and recently traveled through Banff, Alberta. Well, this book referenced BANFF, as a place where people came from, to visit Buford! Just a wonderful return to my happy childhood days!

  •     Buford was a classic when I was a kid. Lovely to see that he holds up! I read his story to my kids, and they loved him as much as I did. Happy to hae this story in our family library!

  •     This book was a favorite of my brother-in-law's so I bought it on his recommendation. My kids loved it!I thought it would be too long for my younger ones, but they enjoyed the pictures, and the action keeps everyone involved.I even took this book to read to my son's first grade class. The students paid attention the whole time I was reading. At the end they wanted to ask questions and talk about sweet Buford.It has a great message of helping others, putting others first, and looking on the bright side of things. What Buford thought of as an affliction turned out to be of great benefit (and fun!).

  •     Very sweet tale!


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