Brighty, a shaggy young burro, lives wild and free in the Grand Canyon of Arizona. He roams the steep cliffs with the squirrels and rabbits. But his favorite friend is Old Timer, the prospector who shares hot biscuits and calls him Bright Angel. One day Old Timer doesn't answer Brighty's loud "Eeeee-aw!" Instead, the friendly animal encounters a ruthless claim jumper. Will Brighty be able to bring the killer to justice and make the wilderness safe again? Marguerite Henry, author of the Newbery Award-winning classic Misty of Chincoteague, Based this delightful story on the adventures of a real-life Grand Canyon burro. Brighty touched the hearts of all who knew him -even President Teddy Roosevelt. John McDonough's animated performance brings out the burro's joyous free spirit and courageous determination.
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by Marguerite Henry
by Betty Paraskevas
by Mark Kurlansky
by Cynthia Rylant
by Karma Wilson
by Tomie dePaola
"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. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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