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Hemi: A Mule (Weekly Reader Children's Book Club) Hardcover – January 1, 1973


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers [1973]; Weekly Reader Children's Book edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060206497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060206499
  • ASIN: B000BSG7DA
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,949,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hemionus, or Hemi for short, is a mule who lives on Mr. Parkhurst’s farm with his father Jackass, mother Mare, and friends such as Cow, Hen, and especially Melville, the farmer’s helper boy with whom Hemi forms an especially close bond. One day, Hemi’s father is sold and taken to “Parts Unknown.” Then one day Melville announces that he is leaving for the Agricultural College at Tucson, AZ. Finally, one day Hemi, replaced for plowing by a gravely tractor, is himself sold to the Army to become a mascot for their school’s football team.

There Hemi meets Jackson, the other mascot, and is well treated, but the loud noises at the football games hurt Hemi’s ears so he runs away and goes off in search of Melville. Along the way he is captured by a mean man who mistreats him. When Hemi reacts to the abuse by being stubborn, the mean man decides to sell him for money to the Meat Packer over in Lynchburg where he’ll be made into dog food. How can Hemi escape? If he does, what will happen to him? And will he ever find Melville?

Hemi: A Mule is a captivating story with a feel-good ending for young readers. It was a Weekly Reader Children’s Book Club presentation. There are a couple of common euphemisms (golly, durn), and when Hemi is rescued by a Native American girl out in Arizona and taken to live with her tribe during a drought, it is said that “The Indians came to see Dancing Eyes’ father and they sat and smoked and shook their heads sadly.” However, it is a pleasant tale, and its being written like the biography of a mule will please animal lovers.
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I read this book to my two sons in "installments" each night at bedtime. They became really engrossed in the biography of this endearing mule and I was so glad that I , too, was able to follow the story and the occasional pun or double entendre that made the book enjoyable for an adult. Appropriate for eight years old to adult. That was long ago. Glad to know it is still in print. My grandson will soon have a copy as our original was lent and lost.
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By Jenni B on January 31, 2012
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Read this in grade school. Now reading to my child at bedtime and am so glad I purchased. Plot and characters just as engaging as remembered.
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