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Brigadier: Gentle Hero (True Horse Stories)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 25, 2010
"Brigadier" is a true story of a beautiful horse's working life as he served in the Toronto (Canada) Police Department. Judy Andrekson does a lovely job of bringing out the personality of this special horse. She shows the hard work, intelligence, and loyality Brigadier displayed as he worked with his human partners. Unfortunately, he was critically injured while on duty and had to be destroyed. The tender way Ms. Andrekson writes about the event would allow a young reader to feel the sorrow without expreiencing trauma. While written for 9 to 12 year-olds, both the text and occasional drawings can be enjoyed by all ages. I highly recommend it.

I received a free copy to review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2010
Brigadier is a young adult book about a horse who served with the Mounted Unit of the Toronto Police Department. It is written in a short chapter book style, with sketches scattered throughout. The book's focus is on Brigadier, a gentle giant of a horse who was loved by everyone he came into contact with. The book followed his journey from farm to active service with the unit. It outlines the basic training and routine these types of horses go through, and the bonds that they develop with their riders. Brigadier is shown as a patient, curious, and happy partner whom all his riders loved. Overall a good, though sad, book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2010
I was given this book in exchange for honest review.
I enjoyed the book. It is an easy read except for needing kleenex.
Brigadier I would have liked to meat and pet him. Learned a little about how horses are trained, about canada mounted police and how horses are all different.
It was deffinately worth my time to read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2014
I knew from the prologue it wasn't going to end the way I would have preferred, but I had to read it nonetheless. My heart aches for this precious one of Gods' Gifts but I know that all who saw, rode and touched him, was touched BY him. I'm devastated by his loss and the inhumanity that made the perpetrator use a three thousand pound van to purposely run into this beautiful creature in order to destroy him. I'm going to borrow a quote I read as a tribute to this beautiful and big hearted gentle giant...... "I read somewhere once that there was no greater love than that of a man and his horse. How true, for none that have a love of such beautiful of God's creatures, could ever imagine life without them. I believe it is true, than no other of God's creatures can fly without wings or conquer without a sword. Our heartfelt sympathies go to each of you that shared in Brig's life and he in yours. May you always know that when you turn around and hear hoofbeats, he is closely guarding you." Truer words will never be written. What a tragic loss.
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on November 10, 2014
Incredibly touching and emotional, this story is about the deep bond between humans and some very special animals. The ending is tragic. Unfortunately, the end is an example of man's senseless violent heart. The book is an easy read, but you will find it hard to put down. Great nonfiction read. Wendy
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on December 3, 2012
I felt like I was actually a part of this story. An amazing 'Officer'. I was in absolute shock regarding his tragic dead. I love horses so much could not believe someone would murder him. I immediately went online and research Brigadier. A must read but get the tissues.
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on January 1, 2015
I recommend this story to everyone, especially animal lovers. Well researched and written, it will bring both the joy of knowing that such creatures really do exist, and the deep sorrow that comes when their time with us over. Rest in peace, Big Boy.
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on October 10, 2012
After Brigadier was killed, I searched for anything having to do with him. This book exceeded my expectations. I won't give anything away but just know it was well worth the money.
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on June 9, 2013
I appreciated the little details of the inner workings of the mounted unit. Characters built enough for you to appreciate and Brigadier was portrayed perfectly.
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on March 22, 2014
Great Story, I Loved It, Recommended For any age, the story really draws you in and you wont want it to end.A must read for horse lovers.
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