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By Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis

Some time past, a lone little burro roamed the excessive cliffs of the Grand Canyon and touched the hearts of all who knew him: a grizzled outdated miner, a big-game hunter, even President Teddy Roosevelt. Named Brighty by means of the prospector who befriended him, he remained a loose spirit at center. but if a ruthless claim-jumper murdered the prospector, unswerving Brighty risked every little thing to carry the killer to justice.
Brighty's adventures have extremely joyful generations of readers, and he has develop into the logo of a joyous lifestyle. a few humans say that you should even see his spirit roving the canyon on moonlit nights-forever wild, without end loose.

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Yet if’n ye don’t brain, gents, I’d like fer Brighty to be first to pass the bridge to the opposite facet, the place he ain’t by no means been! ” Theodore Roosevelt stretched his legs and received up, grinning. To his pride Brighty scrambled up, too. They stood dealing with each other. “The bridge is meant for guy and beast,” he stated. “Why couldn’t either one of those frontiersmen be first to cross—Uncle Jimmy Owen with brilliant Angel at heel? ” there has been a nodding of heads, as though each one had suggestion up the belief on his personal. •   •   • the subsequent morning the solar lay brilliant alongside the rim, however it was once nonetheless darkish within the canyon whilst the slumbering camps on each side of the river stirred to lifestyles. fires started gleaming, like eyes frequent. Brighty, at the north financial institution, was once beside himself with happiness, working off to speak with the mules, then again to camp to sniff the flapjacks browning, and to nudge Uncle Jim to rush and dish up. Theodore Roosevelt was once down on his knees, splashing his face with the transparent water of vivid Angel Creek. the opposite males have been attempting to provide Uncle Jim a hand with the cooking, and he used to be humoring them. there has been huge speak for therefore early within the morning, and Brighty heard his identify usually. He heard it as he rolled within the sand, and he stopped rolling an quick, ears pricked. He heard it back as he munched his flapjacks, and his jaws stopped operating to pay attention. whilst breakfast dishes have been performed, Uncle Jim placed his fresh, reddened arms on Brighty’s neck and confronted round to the gang. “Y’know, gentlemen,” he stated, “if ever was once an important day fer a li’l ole burro, this here’s it. I by no means been one to abate wild critters with much o’ trappin’s, yet sounds like at the present time he might be decked out a few. ” an idea struck the executive engineer. He took off the sunlight helmet he used to be donning. “I won’t be wanting this,” he stated, “now the bridge is finished. ” He spanned the space among Brighty’s ears together with his hand, then took out his knife and minimize holes within the crown. “Here, Jim, you are trying it on him for size,” he stated while the holes have been great and around. “I’ve heard a few jacks are tickly approximately their ears. ” Uncle Jim shook his head. “I’ll need to ask ye to delight lead them to peepholes twicet as large, feller. The roots o’ Brighty’s ears is amazing stal’art. ” whereas the engineer was once engaged on his helmet, the geological survey guy started to cartoon on a section of blueprint paper. “That helmet,” he chuckled, “needs a becoming brand. i feel wings to symbolize vibrant Angel will be simply the price ticket. ” And with a number of fast cuts he produced a shapely pair. notice in some way flew to the camp around the river that Brighty used to be to participate within the commitment ceremonies, and some males came visiting sooner than time. Danny, the prepare dinner, used to be one among them. He introduced a pocketful of bright-colored tapes. “These got here from round the hams,” he stated. “How approximately braiding ’em into Brighty’s mane and tail? ” the boys have been like boys, each one attempting to outdo the others. the manager packer made a flour-water paste to stay the wings onto the helmet. “Paste ’em up excessive enough,” he acknowledged, “and I’ll paint ‘B.

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