Brighty of the Grand Canyon Author:Marguerite Henry From School Library Journal — Grade 3-6-Marguerite Henry's book (Rand McNally, 1953) is based on actual incidents in the life of a Grand Canyon burro. Brighty loves his life of independence along the Bright Angel Creek for which he was named, going to the rim in the summer and down to the canyon floor in winter. He is present as President Theodor... more »e Roosevelt discusses the beauty and grandeur of the Canyon and how it should be preserved for the American people. Brighty is the first to walk the historic bridge connecting the north and south rims. Befriended by prospectors, government men and campers, Brighty alternately helps his friends and runs free as the spirit moves him. His friend and companion, Old Timer, a prospector, is murdered by a claim jumper. A saddened Brighty searches for the killer, an adventure which runs through the book. John McDonough reads with a sonorous voice which compels careful listening. He brings the characters to life for listeners. This unabridged retelling will fill children's minds with the sights, sounds, and smells of the grand Canyon in the early 1900's.
Carol Robison, Colby Public School, KS
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This classic, which is based on the life of a real canyon burro, was made into a Disney movie thirty-five years ago. Telling a tale of murder, survival, and justice against the beauty of the canyon and seen through the eyes of Brighty, McDonough's performance is a gem. While not perfect, his narration enthralls the listener. McDonough's voice sounds deep and gruff enough for him to have actually been one of the canyon men and is also versatile enough to give the other characters believable voices. Listening to the descriptions of nature, one can picture Brighty prancing around in a field of flowers. His wonderful bray is delightful. Kids of all ages will be rapt as we hear of Brighty wandering in the canyon, fighting off a mountain lion, and helping to bring the murderer of one of his friends to justice. M.T.F. ? AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright ? AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.« less