Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West

Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West

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by Marguerite Henry, Robert Lougheed
     
 

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Horses were in Annie Bronn's blood. For as long as she could remember, she had been fascinated by the
spirited wild mustangs that roamed free throughout the West. So when greedy cattlemen started to
round up the mustangs for slaughter, Annie knew it was up to her to save the breed.


The true story of Wild Horse Annie's crusade to save the mustangs

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Overview

Horses were in Annie Bronn's blood. For as long as she could remember, she had been fascinated by the
spirited wild mustangs that roamed free throughout the West. So when greedy cattlemen started to
round up the mustangs for slaughter, Annie knew it was up to her to save the breed.


The true story of Wild Horse Annie's crusade to save the mustangs is inspiring. Readers will cheer
her on, all the way to the White House, in her struggle to preserve these beautiful creatures from
extinction.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Publishers Weekly "A sure-fire block-buster."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Engrossing as a story of the preservation of wild animals and truly moving as a story of a dauntless woman."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689716010
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
04/30/1992
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
440,889
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

If God has a kind of plan for all of us, I like to think He coupled me with horses right from the start. It is not just my own mustang, Hobo, that is part of me. All horses call to me. We sort of belong together. This could not be just an accident.

I remember the first time I saw a band of wild mustangs. It was only a flash. My Pa and I were freighting a load of wool over the mountains to California when suddenly he reined in and pointed. I saw the reason. Far off on a mesa a string of mustangs was running into the wind. It must have been into the wind, for their tails streamed out behind and their manes lifted like licks of flame. And just by looking I was out there with them, and I could hear their snortings and their hoofs ringing, and I could feel my own hair blowing and my lungs gulping for air, and I shivered in joy at such freedom.

I remember whispering, "Whose are they, Pa?"

And Pa saying, "They're runaways — gone wild." There was a look of wanting in Pa's face, but excitement too at the free wildness.

"Will they always live there, free like that...and then their colts and grand-colts?"

Pa startled me with his sudden stern tone. "They could! If men don't get too grabby for every smitch of land for their cattle."

Even as he said it, a cow bawled nearby. And in the distance a fading line of dust was all that remained of the wild ones.

Pa clucked to his team and we drove off. For miles of mountain turns we rode in silence. We were still holding onto the beauty we had seen. I could still hear the echo of faraway hoofbeats. I could listen to nothing else. Yet even as I sighed in joy I felt a vague, uneasy worry. I didn't want anything ever to happen to them; I wanted them always to be free. But could they?

That was the first time horses called to me. But now I know that God had a plan for me long before that.

Meet the Author

Marguerite Henry was the beloved author of such classic horse stories as King of the Wind, Misty of Chincoteague, and Stormy: Misty’s Foal, all of which are available in Aladdin paperback editions.

Robert Lougheed was raised on a farm in Canada where he developed a passion for painting. He specialized in images of the American West and his work received numerous awards. He died in 1982.

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Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the 4th grade I was 8 then and I'm in 5th grade now but I love this book sooo much its super. You should buy it, it doesnt have anything bad in it and it teaches young kids whats really happening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a very avid reader, although middle school has taken away some of my reading time, I still found the time to re-read this classic, and I'm very glad I did! It's not like most other historical fiction horse books out there, and is really a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book when I was younger. It is an excellent book for younger readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK SO BAD!!!!!!!!!
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Great book!!!!!!!!!!
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This is the best book I've ever read! I love how the author describes everything so...so... precisely!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to read about wild horse annie!
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