Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry (1953)

brighty.jpgBrighty of the Grand Canyon is based on the adventures of a small burro who lived in the Grand Canyon in the early 1900s.  Brighty wandered the colorful cliffs, made friends with the tourists and even helped Teddy Roosevelt’s expedition hunt mountain lions!

Brighty’s closest friend was a prospector called Old Timer.  After many years of hunting for gold, Old Timer finally hit it big!  However, bad men also roamed the cliffs of the canyon on the look out for those they could rob or even kill.

When the prospector suddenly goes missing, can Brighty help Old Timer’s friends figure out what has happened and bring his murderers to justice?

This book is both a celebration of nature and a gripping mystery that your children will thoroughly enjoy.  When they’re through, you’ll probably need to plan a visit to the Grand Canyon and see Brighty’s bronze statue in the lobby of the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim!

There are at least three film versions of this book.  Here’s a link to the one released in 2011.

Middle Grade Reading Level, 224 pages, Historical Fiction, Published 1953.



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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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