Grandfather Buffalo

Giddyup!  We're about to blaze a trail into some new territory. 

*No gimmicks or tricks were needed here; the author had a good plan and he stuck with it all the way  
*I cannot tell you how real the scenery feels on almost every page (thanks to the sky's varying colors and elements)
*The buffalo faces are exquisite in their detail and will never get old -- the buffalo feces, however, is less of a turn-on (joke)

*If you are looking for something funny or lighthearted, look elsewhere 
*I don't actually think he was the little calf's biological grandfather (but rather an older member of the same herd) -- some clarification on the family tree of the three main characters would have been nice 
*My only knock against the artwork was a personal distaste for the (over)use of hoof tracks

This is a sweet enough book whose primary flaw happens to mimic the story itself.  Namely, the pacing is as slow and plodding as Grandfather B.  Look, I totally appreciate the subtle tactics Jim Arnosky employed to demonstrate the bond between generations of a family.  Lord knows it would have been lame of him to bluntly say why grandparents rock.  Nonetheless, knowing why he chose to limp along doesn't make the pages turn any faster.  So what kind of rating will it get from me?  I'm gonna give it a Borrow based solely on the positive light it sheds on the elderly (other than that, 
it is a pure middle-of-the-road book).  The way I see it, if your wagon train breaks down on the prairie, you wouldn't go nuts reading this a few times a day while waiting for help to arrive...    

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