Illustrated by Wesley Dennis
Finished: Nov. 17, 2007
Reason for Reading: Four-Legged Friends Challenge, From the Stacks Challenge, Book Awards Challenge.
First Published: 1953
Genre: historical fiction, animal story
Awards: William Allen White Children's Book Award
A shaggy young burro lay asleep in the gray dust of the canyon trail.
Comments: This is a story of the Grand Canyon during the early 1900s when it was the home of trappers, hunters, miners, and mountain men. The story is told through the eyes of a wild burro who lived the live of freedom yet sometimes lived alongside the men of the Canyon. This is based on a true story of real burro who even met Theodore Roosevelt. This is a wonderful well-written story with compelling characters. There is a continuing plot line involving a thief and murderer but much of the book contains episodic chapters of Brighty's adventures. The first half of the book is a slow, gentle read and I did find it hard to settle down with this book but the pace picks up at the mid-point and overall a good read. Recommended, especially if you are interested in this area.