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Brighty of the Grand Canyon (Marguerite Henry Horseshoe Library) Paperback – April 30, 1991
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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.
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Also, I really liked how the author describes the characters. All of them have very distinct personalities, especially Brighty!
The chapter length is short, but each chapter has a lot of information.
Finally if you are worried that this book is too old, then that not the case. I am 13-years old and I read this book easily and with enjoyment. I think any 13-year old kid could read this book, because it is not outdated and the story line is great.
I really recommend this book!
And I only wish I could give this gem a four and a half star rating it was so nearly perfect.
So lets get the few flaws out of the way first. My biggest gripe was that it lacked one picture; a drawing of Brighty's "ghost" running down the canyon trail that accompanies the 'and now....' afterward in all the other copies I have of this book. While all of the black and white illustrations at the heading of each chapter where there, they were all a little smaller than in older editions. The cover, while lovely, is a thin paper dust jacket. The actual book cover is a nice green but with no pictures. But these are, in my humble opinion, the only flaws with this edition of Brighty of the Grand Canyon.
As for what's right...all of Wesley Dennis' color plates are there and in beautiful full color. Each chapter is headed with a lined heading, the chapter name and the chapter number. My older editions have only the chapter name. The print is set in an easy to read font, which if I remember right was a little bigger than the font of my older editions; especially the foreword and the afterword. And as I said before all of the black and white illustrations are there as well.
As for the story of Brighty, I feel that it holds up well even though it was first published in 1953. There is excitement and danger and close calls, but all of our heroes come through. And even just a little bit of history is added for good measure.
So I highly recommend "Brighty of the Grand Canyon" for anyone...young or old...that is looking for a good absorbing tale to read.