Thursday, February 17, 2011

Book Review: Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

Brighty: Of the Grand Canyon (Marguerite Henry Horseshoe Library)

Book Description:

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.
My thoughts:
Brighty: Of the Grand Canyon  by Marguerite Henry was a free read listed on Ambleside Online Year 2, the curriculum that we are using with Destini and Chantry. I was hesitant to read it since I don't particularly care for animal stories. So I took the plunge and read this aloud over the course of the last two weeks and we were all sorry to see the story end.

Brighty is a story filled with adventure, suspense, history and ultimately friendship. The story passes over many years and is filled with many interesting characters, including President Theodore Roosevelt, and all the exciting adventures that Brighty experiences. My kids were thrilled to find out that Brighty really existed. This story was a wonderful  story to read aloud and kept every one's attention from the 8 year old to the adults. (I even found the 15 year old eavesdropping!)

See what others are reading aloud over at Hope Is the Word.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds good! I have an animal loving 1st grader so I'll have to see if my library has it!



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