[[ read online books ]] Brighty Of The Grand CanyonAuthor Marguerite Henry – Multi-channel.co

This may be the book where it all began To this day, I recall reading along when suddenly, Brighty s own perspective leapt off the page and into my impressionable mind The burro thought the man who packed his saddle bags a fool the load woefully unbalanced, all off to one side Ho ho The intuitive powers of an intimate understanding trump the know it all nature of a grown man This spoke to me deeply Instantly in love, I was from that moment forever in search of stories written from an animal s perspective and ever so many I was destined to find Devoted to horses, I had amassed a herd of figurines from Bays to Palaminos to Indian Paints with flowing manes, smooth coats, and regal to rearing stances A perfectionist from an early age, I liked everything to be thematically fitting, pretty, and all of a piece It is testament to how much I loved Brighty that I begged an oddball replica of little long ears himself, accepting him in all his homely, pebbled plastic glory Wish I still had him, but I do have my childhood copy of this grand book On reading it aloud to my own children, I was astounded to note how small a moment it was that so galvanized my heart But there is simply no doubt that it did MapMyReadingLife I had an old 1953 copy of this book when I was little, god knows where it is now but I loved its stunning black and white illustrations, vibrant characters, rural scenery and adventurous plot This is definitely a great animal story and I highly recommend it. This was one of my very favorite books when I was a child I recently spotted it at a library sale and purchased it for my neighbor s little girl Before giving it to her, I decided to reread it and it held up very well to these adult eyes I read one book by Marguerite Henry when I was a kid, Black Gold, and loved it When I was at the Grand Canyon and saw this book for sale I just had to get it as a momento If I were still a kid I would probably have loved it As an adult I thought it was cute but certainly not very compelling Thus, the 3 star rating is halfway between my adult rating and what I suspect I would have given it as a kid. I last read this book as a fourth grader many years ago When I found it in the Grand Canyon visitor s center last week, I couldn t resist reading it again Despite its age, this book is such a dear story, and the attention to history, landscape and environment is inspiring Perhaps I ll rediscover of Mrs Henry s books Misty of Chincoteague, King of the Wind, etc. Okay, this probably only would have gotten three stars from me if I weren t in the middle of a mad love affair with the Grand Canyon, but it s so perfectly evocative of what it s like to be there, with the stark cliffs and rushing river and the way mountain lions leap into your path I especially appreciated the level of detail given to my nemesis, the bridge over the Colorado River. After I started reading this, I realized I read this before when I was younger Delightful story of Brighty the donkey that lived at the Grand Canyon I m not even going to try to come up with a first read date because this is just one of those deep childhood favorites that I don t even remember reading for a first time It just always was.Brighty is adorable I had no idea that he was a real burro, and he really did meet Teddy Roosevelt Add Brighty to the list my childhood animal heroes who really existed and who have monuments One day I ll go on a trek to see Balto s and Brighty s statues This book is far intense than I remember it being A lot of animal killing Roosevelt didn t just come down for suspension bridges, after all and burro abuse Poor thing Not to mention the actual murder case But still, Brighty is adorable. I first discovered Newberry Medal winning author Marguerite Henry when I was in the third grade You know, shortly after the Ark made landfall As a dyed in the stable horse lover, I read just about everything this remarkably talented horse writer ever wrote King of the Wind, Black Gold, Justin Morgan Had a Horse, Misty of Chincoteague To name a few Last week I came across a recently re released paperback version of Henry s well loved historical novel, Brighty of the Grand Canyon I couldn t resist I picked it up and turned pages I haven t revisited in over 40 years I loved it Again.Brighty of the Grand Canyon is the fact based story of the free spirited little burro who lived in Arizona s Grand Canyon He s named after the canyon s Bright Angel Creek Brighty s hoofs originally blazed the trail from the canyon depths up to the mountain meadows of the Kaibab Forest on the canyon s rim Brighty was the first to cross the suspension bridge over the Colorado River, having helped in its construction.In terms of style, Henry s is easy and engaging Her pacing and narration are superb, her descriptions of canyon flora and fauna exquisite From the initial chapters where we meet the burro and his prospector friend, Old Timer, and the dastardly Jake Irons, to the blinding snowstorm rescue at the end, the pages are peppered with rich, three dimensional characters We meet the gentle, larger than life lion killer James Uncle Jimmy Owens and water boy Homer Hobbs They soon feel like lifelong friends Theodore Roosevelt even puts in an appearance Henry has an uncanny knack for bringing non humans characters to life and imbuing them with traits such as kindliness, perseverance and courage Brighty is a choice case in point The imaginary dialogue that goes on inside the burro s head is believable, even familiar Henry skillfully weaves an ark load of historical, geographical, botanical and biological background about the canyon into the story Her touch is so subtle that the background enhances the story rather than interrupting or detracting from it, presenting a rich, full flavored narrative.Brighty of the Grand Canyon won the William Allen White Children s Book Award in 1956 It s still a wonderful read at any age. Long Ago, A Lone Little Burro Roamed The High Cliffs Of The Grand Canyon And Touched The Hearts Of All Who Knew Him A Grizzled Old Miner, A Big Game Hunter, Even President Teddy Roosevelt Named Brighty By The Prospector Who Befriended Him, He Remained A Free Spirit At Heart But When A Ruthless Claim Jumper Murdered The Prospector, Loyal Brighty Risked Everything To Bring The Killer To Justice Brighty S Adventures Have Delighted Generations Of Readers, And He Has Become The Symbol Of A Joyous Way Of Life Some People Say That You Can Even See His Spirit Roving The Canyon On Moonlit Nights Forever Wild, Forever Free