The Buffalo Soldier

The Buffalo Soldier

By Sherry Garland; Ronald Himler (Illustrator)

Pelican Publishing Company, Hardcover, 9781589803916, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 2006


This heartwarming story of a buffalo soldier's service to his country during the Indian Wars and Spanish-American War reveals the many hardships these regiments faced. The African-American buffalo soldiers, nicknamed by the Cheyenne Indians because of their curly hair and bravery, joined the six black regiments commissioned by an act of Congress in 1866. These men, many of whom were former slaves, enlisted in the army to earn a steady income, acquire an education, and gain respect. They protected settlers from hostile Indians, rustlers, outlaws, and bandits and were known for their courage and dedication. Told through the soldier-narrator's voice, the details of one buffalo soldier's life, including what he ate, where he slept, the education he gained on and off the battlefield, and how he spent his hard-earned money, help create a personal and understandable slice of history.

About the Author
SHERRY GARLAND is the author of many award-winning novels and picture books, including Indio, The Last Rainmaker. She lives in central Texas.

Ronald Himler has illustrated many fine books for children, including "The Log Cabin Quilt" by Ellen Howard, winner of the Christopher Award; and "Fly Away Home" and "The Wall," both by Eve Bunting and both American Library Association Notable Books for Children and "School Library Journal" Best Books of the Year. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.