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Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West Paperback – April 30, 1992

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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."

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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 is inspiring. Readers will cheer her on, all the way to the White House, in her struggle to preserve these beautiful creatures from extinction.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reissue edition (April 30, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068971601X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689716010
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
When I was in Elementary School, I read all of the books in the school library that had to do with horses. Of all of them, this was my favorite. I've remembered it until today when I decided to refresh my memory from 7 years ago. I think it's so neat that books like this can stay with you and impact your outlook after so many years. This is such a beautiful and inspiring story, I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
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In 1966, well-known author Marguerite Henry wrote Mustang: Wild Spirit Of The West. With this book, millions of people became aware of the tale of Wild Horse Annie, who saved the wild horses of the West from slaughter.

Except, Henry took liberties with the history of Velma Johnston, eventually even claiming that she "owned the rights" to Velma's life. The fictionalization of Wild Horse Annie was seemingly approved by Velma Johnston herself, when she wrote "This clean, noble public image of Girl of the Golden West that I have become [via the book] is surely having a reforming influence on me".

So what WAS the history, and story, of Mrs. Charles C. Johnston, aka Velma Johnston, aka Wild Horse Annie? You'll find this in Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston, by David Cruise and Alison Griffiths. The evolution of Wild Horse Annie into a free-roaming horse activist, then into a national celebrity, is a most interesting tale. And it is a tale best understood in this book, Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston, and not Marguerite Henry's version.

HOWEVER, Marguerite Henry's book is unique and noteworthy in its own right. There is no doubt that it was an extremely significant "partnership" between Henry and Wild Horse Annie. For Henry, it sold hundreds of thousands of copies. For Wild Horse Annie, it was a critical tool for getting America's politicians and media outlets to be aware of the plight of free-roaming horses in the West, and the inspiration for getting children, huge fans of Henry's book, to bring "children power" to this fight.
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By A Customer on November 3, 1999
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I first read the book in sixth grade for a book report. One of my friends said I should read it because my name is Annie, too. The aspect I like most about it was the fact that it the hero was a woman, and she fought with courage and determination for something that she believed was right.
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Mustang:Wild Spirit of the West is a good story about a girl who loves horses all of her life. When she grows up, she tries to stop the killing of wild mustangs. It is a story that I'm sure you would enjoy.
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This story was so wonderful. I love horses, and it made me want to fight for the mustangs too! (Yes they still are rounded up and slaughtered "when their numbers get too great") I would recommend this book to anyone!
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By A Customer on September 13, 1998
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A wonderful story of Mustang Annie and her determination to save the wild horses that have captured her heart. A must-read for all horse lovers.
The way that horses are still killed for slaughter should be stopped. If you want more information, you can email me!
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I read this nearly 50 years ago as a child, and it had a profound effect on how I viewed wild horses in America. Now, I am making a gift of this to my grand-niece, who is an enthusiastic 7 year old reader.

It has very nice illustrations, spirited, and anatomically correct (as opposed to cartoonish). They are done in black and white, and I hope that it will also spark her artistic endeavors.

Aside from being a good read for a young horse lover, it also shows what people -- and children in particular -- can do for effecting good changes in our country's legislation with compassion.
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A Kid's Review on September 28, 2004
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I have always been a cowgirl, western, country girl my whole life. I bought this book a while back when I was into the Misty series and I wanted to know what were some of hte other books Henry wrote. This book was truly inspiring and beautiful. I was rooting for Annie the whole time! This is the perfect book for the biggest cowgirl and horse nut.
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