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The best Brighty of the Grand Canyon Creat Marguerite Henry Wesley Dennis am Kindle Marguerite Henry April 13, 1902 November 26, 1997 was an American writer The author of fifty nine books based on true stories of horses and other animals, her work has captivated entire generations of children and young adults and won several Newbery Awards and Honors Among the famous of her works was Misty of Chincoteague, which was the basis for the 1961 movie Misty, and several sequel books It is exciting to me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower even in the new age And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he has been wisely trained This to me is a constant source of wonder and challenge This quote was from an article about Henry published in the Washington Post on November 28, 1997, in response to a query about her drive to write about horses.Marguerite Henry inspired children all over the world with her love of animals, especially horses Author of over fifty children s stories, including the Misty of Chincoteague series, Henry s love of animals started during her childhood Unfortunately, Henry was stricken with a rheumatic fever at the age of six, which kept her bedridden until the age of twelve Born to Louis and Anna Breithaupt, the youngest of the five children, Henry was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Because of her illness, Henry wasn t allowed to go to school with other children because of her weak state and the fear of spreading the illness to others While she was confined indoors, she discovered the joy of reading Soon afterwards, she also discovered a love for writing when her father, a publisher, presented her with a writing desk for Christmas On the top of stacks of colored paper her father wrote, Dear Last of the Mohicans Not a penny for your thoughts, but a tablet Merry Christmas Pappa Louis XXXX Henry s first published work came at the age of eleven, a short story about a collie and a group of children, which she sold to a magazine for 12 Henry always wrote about animals, such as dogs, cats, birds, foxes, and even mules, but chiefly her stories focused on horses.In 1923, she married Sidney Crocker Henry During their sixty four years of marriage they didn t have children, but instead had many pets that inspired some of Marguerite s stories They lived in Wayne, Illinois.In 1947, she published Misty of Chincoteague and it was an instant success Later, this book as well as Justin Morgan had a Horse and Brighty of the Grand Canyon were made into movies.She finished her last book, Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley, just before her death on November 26, 1997 at the age of 95.. 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 brinLong 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.. Good Books Brighty of the Grand Canyon Brighty of the Grand Canyon is a children’s novel from 1953, written by Marguerite Henry. Now viewed as a classic of American children’s literature, it tells the adventures of a little donkey (or as the Spanish say, burro) who blazed trails through the Grand Canyon, had many adventures and met many famous people in the process. It is loosely based on a real life donkey, who was first seen around 1890.The novel begins as Brighty, a wild donkey, made friends with a prospector, “Old Timer”, who was searching for copper in the Grand Canyon. The grizzled old man named him, “Bright Angel” after a creek that flowed into the Grand Canyon from near his summer dwelling on the North Rim. The two of them had a special bond, but Brighty remained a free spirit, roaming the high cliffs of the Grand Canyon.The prospector was a honest old soul, and freely told others where he thought he had located a seam of valuable copper ore, and early in the novel he was murdered by Jake Irons, a ruthless claim-jumper.We read of all the adventures Brighty went through over the years. He touched the hearts of all who knew him, and made other friends with mapmakers, prospectors, naturalists, game hunters, and had another special relationship with “Uncle Jim”, a man who was trying to track down the murderer of his old friend. Brighty also made enemies of those who wanted to catch him and put him to work. More than once when he was captured, he was beaten with sticks, and once he was put into a cage and almost hanged, when the captor (whom he knew from before) tried to force him across the canyon. Another time Brighty barely escaped with his life, was in a fight with a mountain lion.Brighty gladly helped those with whom he felt a loyal bond, and spent some summers carrying water from a spring below the rim, for the tourists coming to the Canyon. He was gentle and popular with children, even allowing children to ride on his back sometimes. He never allowed adults to do this however, and would kick, bray, and run off into the distance. Brighty was a wily donkey.He also became the leader of a herd of wild donkeys, fighting for his position as their natural chief, until he was finally supplanted by a younger and fitter donkey.Brighty’s trails across the Grand Canyon eventually were the base for the suspension bridge, over the Colorado River at the base of the canyon. He watched the rock being carved out and assisted with the construction and building of the bridge. Brighty was the first to cross the suspension bridge, alongside “Uncle Jim” Owen. At the opening ceremony, he was honoured by President Theodore Roosevelt, who admired Brighty very much. Brighty had often gone along with the president when he was hunting for mountain lions. Teddy Roosevelt was known to be a very keen hunter.A couple of the chapters tell of Brighty’s bravery during these episodes. I must admit to not enjoying this part of the novel. Times have changed of course. Big game hunting still goes on, but is perhaps not so widely accepted as “sport”. I tell myself too, that these locals were trying to protect the sheep and cattle they farmed, from attack by the hungry mountain lions. But still … I feel it dates the book, I feel the context needs to be explained and discussed, should it be read by a child. (The book is most suitable for children of about 8 to 12). In the same way some aspects of 19th century literature, where our perceptions have moved on, lead naturally to thoughtful discussion.The beauty of the Grand Canyon is everpresent, and there are lovely descriptions of Brighty enjoying the natural world, which are welcome in a children’s novel. There are 36 shortish chapters, interspersed with many pencil drawings, which perfectly convey Brighty’s mischievous spirit - and conversely, when he is facing great troubles. There are just a few colour plates.The skilled illustrations in this largish book (it is the first edition, from 1953) are by Wesley Denis, an American illustrator who studied horse anatomy in France. He wrote and illustrated his own novel “Flip” in 1941, and followed this with “Flip and the Cows”, “Flip and the Morning” and “Tumble”. During his lifetime he illustrated over 150 books, including Anna Sewell’s “Black Beauty” and John Steinbeck’s “The Red Pony”. However, he is best known for the fifteen children’s books about horses which he created in collaboration with Marguerite Henry.Marguerite Henry had sold her first story at the age of 11, in response to a magazine’s request for articles by children, about the four seasons. She often wrote about animals, including dogs, cats, birds, foxes, and mules, but most of her stories are about horses. She eventually wrote fifty-nine books, all based on true stories of horses and other animals, some of which won awards. Perhaps her most famous books are about “Misty of Chincoteague”, a chestnut and white (pinto) wild horse.She says:“I had just finished writing, “Justin Morgan Had a Horse”, and wanted the best horse artist in the world to illustrate it. So I went to the library, studied the horse books, and immediately fell in love with the work of Will James and Wesley Dennis. When I found out that Will James was dead, I sent my manuscript to Wesley Dennis.”The duo were to go on to collaborate on nearly 20 books. After Marguerite Henry died, her agent told “Publisher’s Weekly” that she had “shared all royalties from the books with Dennis, which is highly unusual”. In her will she left her money to the Assateague nature preserve and Chincoteague town.Interestingly, Brighty may have originally been Wesley Dennis’s idea. In 2001, there was an exhibition of the Art work by Wesley Dennis. According to a contemporary biographical sketch by one librarian, Wesley Dennis had been in New Mexico a year before his first book, “to gather material for a book idea he called Brighty of the Grand Canyon”. Purely by chance he met the children’s book editor May Massee there, and this proved to be the crucial starting point of his career.There is a film of Brighty of the Grand Canyon, made in 1967. Parts of it were shot at the Colorado River in Utah and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It must be stunning.The “Brighty of the Grand Canyon” we know, which follows Brighty’s wanderings and escapades, is an exciting yarn, telling a tale of murder and survival, as Brighty risks everything to help to bring the murderer of his old friend to justice. Brighty’s adventures have proved popular for generations of readers, and he has become a symbol for a joyous, free-spirited way of life: forever free. Unfortunately, the real-life Brighty did come come to a sad end, at the hand of some travellers in about 1922. But his spirit lives on in people’s minds, and some say that you can even see him roaming the canyon on moonlit nights.There is a bronze statue of Brighty, in the lobby of Grand Canyon Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, located near Arizona State Route 67. The monument of stone walls and timbers has a memorial inscription written by Marguerite Henry: “the artist captured the soul of Brighty, forever wild, forever free”.
Brighty of the Grand Canyon Brighty of the Grand Canyon Nov , Directed by Norman Foster With Jiggs the Donkey, Joseph Cotten, Pat Conway, Dick Foran The antics of a burro named Brighty is set among the grandeur of the Grand Canyon The animal endures some perilous adventures before finding friendship with a prospector who finally strikes it rich. Brighty of the Grand Canyon Rotten Tomatoes Feb , The image is an example of a ticket confirmation email that AMC sent you when you purchased your ticket Your Ticket Confirmation is located under Brighty of the Grand Canyon Marguerite Henry Horseshoe Brighty is a free spirited animal A lot of his human friends treat him like just a donkey but others find him amazing Even if at the beginning of the book there isn t a lot of Brighty, at the end there is a lot of Brighty Also, I really liked how the author describes the characters. Brighty of the Etsy Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry, Vintage Over Sized Paperback Book, Brighty the Burro, Children s Illustrated Animal Story MillyCatVintage From shop MillyCatVintage out of stars reviews . Favorite Add to Brighty of the Grand Canyon Book by Marguerite Henry Brighty of the Grand Canyon BRIGHTY S WORLD A SHAGGY young burro lay asleep in the gray dust of the canyon trail Except for the slow heaving of his sides and an occasional flick of an ear, he seemed part of the dust and the ageless limestone that rose in great towering battlements behind him.

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    Marguerite Henry April 13, 1902 November 26, 1997 was an American writer The author of fifty nine books based on true stories of horses and other animals, her work has captivated entire generations of children and young adults and won several Newbery Awards and Honors Among the famous of her works was Misty of Chincoteague, which was the basis for the 1961 movie Misty, and several sequel books It is exciting to me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower even in the new age And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he has been wisely trained This to me is a constant source of wonder and challenge This quote was from an article about Henry published in the Washington Post on November 28, 1997, in response to a query about her drive to write about horses.Marguerite Henry inspired children all over the world with her love of animals, especially horses Author of over fifty children s stories, including the Misty of Chincoteague series, Henry s love of animals started during her childhood Unfortunately, Henry was stricken with a rheumatic fever at the age of six, which kept her bedridden until the age of twelve Born to Louis and Anna Breithaupt, the youngest of the five children, Henry was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Because of her illness, Henry wasn t allowed to go to school with other children because of her weak state and the fear of spreading the illness to others While she was confined indoors, she discovered the joy of reading Soon afterwards, she also discovered a love for writing when her father, a publisher, presented her with a writing desk for Christmas On the top of stacks of colored paper her father wrote, Dear Last of the Mohicans Not a penny for your thoughts, but a tablet Merry Christmas Pappa Louis XXXX Henry s first published work came at the age of eleven, a short story about a collie and a group of children, which she sold to a magazine for 12 Henry always wrote about animals, such as dogs, cats, birds, foxes, and even mules, but chiefly her stories focused on horses.In 1923, she married Sidney Crocker Henry During their sixty four years of marriage they didn t have children, but instead had many pets that inspired some of Marguerite s stories They lived in Wayne, Illinois.In 1947, she published Misty of Chincoteague and it was an instant success Later, this book as well as Justin Morgan had a Horse and Brighty of the Grand Canyon were made into movies.She finished her last book, Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley, just before her death on November 26, 1997 at the age of 95.

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  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon is a children s novel from 1953, written by Marguerite Henry Now viewed as a classic of American children s literature, it tells the adventures of a little donkey or as the Spanish say, burro who blazed trails through the Grand Canyon, had many adventures and met many famous people in the process It is loosely based on a real life donkey, who was first seen around 1890.The novel begins as Brighty, a wild donkey, made friends with a prospector, Old Timer , who was sear [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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 lo [...]


  • 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 pe [...]


  • I love this book and still have my copy that my dad bought me He got it for me because I loved horses but I owned a burro It was one of my all time favorite reads I must have read this book 5 times or I even spent a summer reading it to my burro Daniel Im not sure he appreicated what I was trying to share but he always stayed and listend


  • Light reading about a rascal burro living in the Grand Canyon Good books compel us to actionis book has sparked an interest in hiking the Grand Canyon I have added this activity to my bucket list


  • Aw, shucks Who wouldn t love a story about a funny, bright lovable little critter like Brighty Marguerite Henry is surely guilty of anthropomorphism, but just as surely she knows her equines I find the burro a little believable than the human characters, actually.




  • A very simple story, yet very engaging I found myself joining Brighty in the canyons and the mesasfeeling his joy in his freedom friendships, and experiencing his adventures I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


  • HIS FREE SPIRIT STILL ROAMS THE GRAND CANYONSet in the Grand Canyon during Teddy Roosevelt s presidency this charming tale introduces readers to an unlikely animal protagonist a wild burro who lives alone, but has been partially tamed by kind men Rescued first by the Old Timer, then from a cougar s wounds by the North Rim s resident lion killer, Brighty experiences the gamut of human behavior toward animals and each other from the absurd, the selfish, the ambitious, and even the criminal As the [...]


  • Henry is well known for her children s book focusing on horses and other animals This was one of my favorites as a child.Bright Angel was a wild burro named for the creek along which he made his home In the early 1900s he befriended tourists and naturalists who visited what was to become our 17th National Park The Grand Canyon He had a sixth sense about people s characters and would kick at or run from anyone he deemed unfriendly or a threat But he was gentle with children and helped carry water [...]


  • I first learned about Brighty from Cleveland Amory in his Save the Burros of the Grand Canyon campaign It was this introduction that has intrigued me to someday read the story about Brighty to learn about him and it was just plain luck my sister me this story For anyone who has read any of the Misty stories Marguerite Henry continues with her own style of writing The reading is to the point, entertaining and a bit on the dry side as the book gets a bit lengthier But for the dryness of the plot a [...]


  • 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 th [...]


  • Mom read this book to almost 10 year old and almost 8 year old This is adventures of a burro in the Grand Canyon during the days when President Teddy Roosevelt hunted lion there Spoiler alert There is some peril A human friend of the burro mysteriously disappears and is suspected murdered The bad guy is not found for many years Also, the burro is engaged several times in fights 2 mountain lions, one during a hunt The other is another burro jack showdown fight for the female burros These are a re [...]


  • Brighty will take you on an exciting journey through this book It is about a burro a boy donkey named Brighty He was named that because he almost drowned in a river that gos through the Grand Canyon called Bright Angel Creek but a canyon man nick named Old Timer saved him Once a year they had this reunion in the canyon, where Old Timer would make Pancakes and they both enjoyed there dinner When night came there was a beaver trapper named, Jake Irons that decided to have dinner with them and as t [...]


  • I read this book with Brennan It had a unique story line for a children s book A gem miner is murdered in the Grand Canyon, leaving behind his donkey companion The donkey, Brighty, is based on a real donkey that roamed the Grand Canyon I will always remember that while we were reading this book, my son and I stayed in my sister in law s parents mountain house In the bedroom of the mountain house was a picture of my SIL s mother with friends standing outside Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon [...]


  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon was a book I remembered from my childhood I did not read it then but I knew the name, so when I found it at a thrift store, I just knew I wanted it I LOVED it, I loved the smell of the old book and I LOVED the story about a feisty little burro that calls the Grand Canyon his home On top of Brighty s every day adventures there is also a murder and about how Brighty helps to catch a killer While this book is geared to young readers it definitely can hold an adult s inte [...]


  • 4 stars This childhood favorite of mine holds up well, capturing a palpable sense of excitement and danger, as well as the incredible locale of the Grand Canyon Marguerite Henry anthropomorphizes Brighty well, making him a believable and lovable animal character The cameo appearances by Teddy Roosevelt tied the story well to history Human characters still feel human strong, weak, good, rotten One aspect that I found interesting is that reading this book as an adult is that Brighty s world feels [...]


  • Marguerite Henry was one of my favorite authors when I was a girl, and I am happy to find I can enjoy her so much now that I am an adult Brighty was one of her books that I missed reading as a child, so it was with great pleasure I read it with my son I would add one caution, that if you have a highly sensitive child, Brighty endures some pretty rough treatment, and part of the story revolves around solving the murder of an old man On the plus side, a child s innate sense of justice will be sati [...]


  • My wife brought this book back it from a trip this summer I love the Grand Canyon This was one of my first chapter books what kids did and do still call them when I was in grade school Great descriptive writing My first mystery A real page turner as en eight year old and still is What followed was my adventure in reading I began reading L.Frank Baum and Oz, all F Dixon s Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, all the Tom Swift in print, and every book Club I could afford and My first library card.


  • Wow after 60 years the story reads as well as it did when I was a kid This book was my first introduction to the Grand Canyon, followed a few years later by Grofe s Grand Canyone Suite which my Mother said I played over and over til she knew it by heart and then some years after that two great trips within the Canyon, one a raft trip which was one of the best trips ever and a second trip which was a backpacking trip today I look at the Canyon from the rim and remember Every kid needs to read thi [...]


  • Brighty is a little burro who lives in the Grand Canyon Although a wild burro, he forms friendships with some humans When his favorite human is murdered, Brighty deepens his friendship with Uncle Jim , a guide in the Grand Canyon, who has even taken Teddy Roosevelt out on hunting trips Brighty has many adventures He befriends humans, he wanders freely in the Canyon and he has some interesting adventures with other animals.This was a cute story that is appropriate for most school age children Whi [...]


  • We picked up this book while in the Grand Canyon, as well as the DVD and 2 little Brighty stuffed animals for the girls After seeing the donkeys in the Grand Canyon, they were intriqued by the storyline I was surprised how the girls kept with it Eliza seemed to understand everything despite the complicated and mature writing and the difficult diaglogue It was not super easy to read aloud We learned a lot about the history of this famous little burrow and a little about the history of the Canyon. [...]


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