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Brighty of the Grand Canyon: 03/08/08

Brighty of the Grand Canyon

Marguerite Henry made her career on writing novelizations of the lives of famous equines and other animals (dogs mostly). Of her 59 books I've only read Brighty of the Grand Canyon.

Brighty the burro was named for Bright Angel Point on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. There is a statue of him at the Grand Canyon Lodge which you can snarf. He helped build the modern day trails and was known by President Teddy Roosevelt.

Although I love the Grand Canyon and its history, both times I've tried reading the book, I've had to struggle to finish it. The writing is choppy, swinging wildly from melodramatic to dry book report. As the hero of the story is a burro, the book is light on dialogue and heavy on description.

I decided to reread the novel to give it a second chance. My first attempt at it had been in 4th grade at a time when I was not the book lover I am today. I thought perhaps my dislike of the book had been more a result of my overall disdain for reading. Now I think it is just my dislike of animal centered books.

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Comment #1: Sunday, March, 9, 2008 at 11:54:06


I read this book last year. While not my favourite of the author's I did enjoy it. But then I love animal books. "

Comment #2: Sunday, March, 9, 2008 at 12:52:35


Marguerite Henry was one of my FAVORITE AUTHORS as a child ... and I'm sorry you find her books 'choppy' ... but then my favorite book of all time was THE YEARLING. I read it over and over again. I?ve not looked at either in a long time but I suspect I?d be swept into those world?s immediately if I picked either up. Hugs and blessings,"

Comment #3: Sunday, March, 9, 2008 at 9:59


Hold on. I didn't say I find all her books choppy, just Brighty. I haven't read her others. I am not passing an opinion on something I haven't read. "

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