Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West by Candace Fleming - ADVISABLE

Fleming, Candace  Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West, 230 pgs.  Roaring Book Press, 2016.  $19.99  Content: Language: G; Violence: PG-13; Mature Content: PG.  

William Cody was a rambunctious youth who wasn’t afraid of much.  Early in his life he joined people who were traveling west, either by wagon train or with the army, and worked to provide for his mother and fatherless siblings.  He became famous for his work in the west and in his early twenties started giving tours to people from the east.  He eventually used his popularity to create a Wild West show that he traveled throughout the United States and Europe preforming to great success.  

I enjoyed this well written biography of Buffalo Bill because I feel like Fleming tried to clarify the facts that have been muddled among so much fiction.  There are great pictures throughout and the beginning of each chapter includes part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.  The violence is the way the Native American’s were treated and the mature content is that he cheated on his wife multiple times.  

MS, HS – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.     

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