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Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West 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 Annie Bronn is her father s daughter Nicknamed Pardner, she knows from the age of three that she is destined to work with mustangs Like the one who saved her father from an early death on the frontier And like Hobo, the horse that is both her father s and Annie s mainstay even after polio threatens to destroy their entire family.Both Annie and Hobo are survivors It should not be a surprise, then, that when the fate of all mustangs in Nevada reaches a perilous crisis, it is Annie Bronn who Annie Bronn is her father s daughter Nicknamed Pardner, she knows from the age of three that she is destined to work with mustangs Like the one who saved her father from an early death on the frontier And like Hobo, the horse that is both her father s and Annie s mainstay even after polio threatens to destroy their entire family.Both Annie and Hobo are survivors It should not be a surprise, then, that when the fate of all mustangs in Nevada reaches a perilous crisis, it is Annie Bronn who steps in and speaks on behalf of America s living legends Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West chronicles both the life of Annie Bronn not just her childhood and that of her fight to save the mustangs of the American frontier Of all of Marguerite Henry s books, I feel like this one is the most relevant to adults as well as to the targeted mid grade audience I appreciated the genuine description of Annie s growing up years in the west and the author s honest and forthright depiction of the threat to the mustangs American writer Marguerite Henry, whose life spanned most of the 20th century 1902 97 , was best known for her mostly nonfiction books on horse related subjects, written for children but capable of also being appreciated by adults Since my wife is an avid horse lover, it s not surprising that Henry s work is up her alley We read this one together sometime in the mid 80s 1986 is a guess , as well as the author s King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian, and I really liked both of American writer Marguerite Henry, whose life spanned most of the 20th century 1902 97 , was best known for her mostly nonfiction books on horse related subjects, written for children but capable of also being appreciated by adults Since my wife is an avid horse lover, it s not surprising that Henry s work is up her alley We read this one together sometime in the mid 80s 1986 is a guess , as well as the author s King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian, and I really liked both of them myself.Here, Henry turned her attention to the plight of the mustangs, wild horses of the American West descended from stock that escaped from the Spanish conquistadores, through the lens of the life story up to 1966, when the book was written of the activist who was primarily responsible for preventing them from being slaughtered into extinction in the 20th century Velma Bronn Wild Horse Annie Johnston 1912 1977 was born and raised in Nevada, of pioneer stock her father was actually fed, as an infant, on the milk of a captured mustang mare when his mother was unable to nurse him, a story Annie s grandmother passed down to her As a girl, she was given a mustang pony, Hobo, who became a cherished friend Early in her married life, she discovered that the U.S Bureau of Land Management, at the behest of wealthy ranchers who begrudged the grass the mustangs ate, was sponsoring brutal aerial round ups of whole herds, and selling them to the pet food industry for slaughter with the intention of totally exterminating the breed She began a crusade to save them, beginning with her local county commissioners, that ultimately led to her testifying in the halls of Congress Aerial round ups were outlawed in 1959 through the passage of the Wild Horse Annie Law and Federal Reserves for mustangs established in the years that followed She was also active in promoting the passage of thecomprehensive protections in the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, though that took place after Henry wrote this book Though the title page doesn t use the stock phrase as told to the author recounts Annie s story except for the short epilogue, Roaming Free in the first person, presumably with Henry s seasoned editing The result is felicitous the story reads like a novel, proving that real life can be as fascinating as fiction We see Annie s pioneer roots, her childhood in Reno and on her parent s small ranch, including her harrowing bout with polio that left her face somewhat disfigured, her dawning love for neighbor boy Charlie Johnston they married when she was about 18, and he about 24 , the couple s early struggles to make ends meet, her discovery of the horrors of mustang slaughter, and the story of her activism, from its local beginnings and leading up to her dramatic, epochal testimony to a Congressional committee Many of the highlights of that testimony are reproduced here, including a thumbnail sketch of the contributions of the mustangs to the settlement of the West The reading level would be appropriate for the average middle schooler and above, but isn t too simplistic for adults, either it s a fascinating tale, chock full of dramatic incident It makes the issues in the struggle crystal clear, and it s a very real testament to the power of grass roots activism in a democracy Annie s undergirding faith in God also comes through clearly though other sources indicate that her personality was a bit saltier than Henry shows.From the vantage point of 1966, Henry and Annie couldn t have foreseen that today, almost 50 years later, the mustangs would again be in the crosshairs of extinction, as the same powerful ranching and horsemeat interests today with the additional market of overseas human consumption of horseflesh buy political influence in Congress and the BLM, to defy, circumvent and bend the law in order to turn back the clock That s a sobering reminder that, in the scope of history, there are no lost causes, simply because there are no permanently won causes every victory for decency and justice has to be embraced, maintained and defended by the succeeding generations, or it ll be forgotten and pushed aside by renascent indecency and injustice But even though the book doesn t mention the current struggle or make people aware it exists, it would still be a good starting point for educating both kids and adults about the issue It s still a relevant book maybe evenso today than when it was first published Annie Bronn Johnston tells her own story from early childhood in Nevada through a crippling bout with polio which left her trapped in a cast and learning later to walk again She married a young man who worked on and purchased her parents ranch Annie had her own mustang, Hobo, and had grown up around them as working horses, so she was horrified to find that mustangs were being rounded up wholesale from the wild country and sent to petfood plants Not only planes and trucks were used, but horse Annie Bronn Johnston tells her own story from early childhood in Nevada through a crippling bout with polio which left her trapped in a cast and learning later to walk again She married a young man who worked on and purchased her parents ranch Annie had her own mustang, Hobo, and had grown up around them as working horses, so she was horrified to find that mustangs were being rounded up wholesale from the wild country and sent to petfood plants Not only planes and trucks were used, but horses were roped and left trying to run dragging large tyres, a scene re enacted in a Marilyn Monroe film As a part time office worker Annie embarked on a paper crusade, calling in journalists, editors and schoolchildren as well as prominent local politicians She could see that the Bureau of Land Management intended to allow profitable exploitation of every last wild horse to protect the interests of sheep and cattle grazers This memorable book is lavishly illustrated with scenes of western life and Annie s journey You will need the attractive pictures to offset some of theviolent or distressing imagery in the text I don t think the book is suitable for children under ten and after that, it should make young readers, particularly girls, aware that they can bring about needed change if they act with strength Marguerite Henry also wrote of the Chincoteague Asseteague ponies and of the Godolphin Arabian, one of the three founding fathers of the Thoroughbred The mustangs are not safe today aswild mustangs and burros are in holding pens than run free, and reports abound of so called ranchers buying truckloads at tiny sums and trucking them across the Canadian border for slaughter Recently all but one woman on a board voted in favour of killing over forty thousand mustangs when it is estimated that only five thousand are left in the wild This move was only averted by an internet petition and protest which went worldwide Amazing as always Warning It will make you want to start a political movement.

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