Kathleen Applegate is the well known author of the book, The One and Only Ivan, but she’s also the author of several picture books too. The Buffalo Storm is one of those books, and it’s the perfect choice for introducing historical fiction. The books cover certainly gives a glimpse of the topic, and most kids would be pulled into the book just by looking at it. If you are teaching Westward Expansion, grab this book to include with your unit.
On a wagon trail west with Mama and Papa, a young girl faces down fears of stormy weather and moving to a new place thanks to the wisdom, love, and grit instilled by her beloved grandmother back home.