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Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure Book Review + More Outdoor-Inspired Books for the Whole Family

The fact that his book includes a Bison makes it a hit in my house. My kids have been playing with their stuffed Buddy Bisons from the National Park Trust for almost a year. I think they took to them especially well because we live in Oklahoma and we get to see wild bison from time to time. When we received a book with him as the main character they were excited. And Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure is Buddy's debut appearance in a book.

Here's what I love.

  • Celebrates the history of our National Park Service and our very first National Park. 
  • Great introduction on what to expect at Yellowstone National Park and explains some of the phenomenons the kids will see. For example, the steam from the hydrothermal vents is not smoke from a wild fire. 
  • Lots of fun facts about Yellowstone woven into the story. This was my favorite aspect of the book. 
  • Explains some of the science behind what kids see when visiting the park. For example, why are there so many different colors in the hot springs. Don't worry, it is on a level most elementary kids can understand. 
  • The book uses real pictures along with illustrations. Yellowstone is very beautiful and deserves to be highlighted. 
  • There are suggestions at the back of the book for protecting the park during your visit. Most of them are just good ideas for visiting parks in general. 

What I would change. 

  • The first time I read the book I wan't super impressed with the story. But after reading it again I realized it gave me to perfect opportunity to talk to my kids about wandering off during our park visits. So I guess there isn't really anything I would change but this was one of my first impressions. 
I highly recommend the book for anyone planning a trip to Yellowstone with their kids. But it would also be wonderful for people who want to connect their kids to the larger National Parks but who can't visit in person.

I love reading almost as much as I love the outdoors. We spend quite a bit of time outdoors in the winter but I still miss the green of the spring, summer, and fall. Books are a great way to get more "outdoor" time when and always lift my spirits. Here are some of my favorite books so far.

For the Kids: 

  • Goodnight, Campsite by Loretta Sponsler - This book introduces kids to all types of camping and campers. 
  •  Let It Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler - Easy read with fun pictures. 
  • Animals Everywhere by Simon Abbott - This book covers different types of animals by ecosystem. Both of my kids really love this book. 

For the OutdoorsMom(or dad):

For the Nature-Lover:

For the Adventurer:

The mark of any good adventure story is not just the thrilling tales but it leaves you with a sense that you can make your own adventures and dreams happen despite your circumstances. Life is an adventure and good can be found. I know I have mentioned these books before but after all my reading they are still my favorites. 
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