Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West

by Marguerite Henry

Other authorsRobert Lougheed (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1976


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Rand McNally & Company


A fictional retelling, from the point of view of Annie Bronn Johnston, of how this Nevada woman fought to protect the American wild horse, the mustang, from extinction because of professional killers who chased the horses for use in dog food.

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LibraryThing member Hamburgerclan
This is a book about Annie Bronn Johnston, or, Wild Horse Annie. One day, while driving to work, Mrs. Johnston noticed some horses being driven to a rendering plant to be made into dog food. They were wild horses who were captured cruelly and were not treated humanely. This is an excellent book
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about how Wild Horse Annie fought to save the mustangs. Must-read.
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LibraryThing member kerrikins
I remember reading this as a teenager and loving it. A spirited girl named Annie, who encounters more than her fair share of trials growing up, a dash of romance, and a love of horses... I was hooked. I'd have to do some research to see how accurate it is, but from what I remember, it's a good
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combination of story telling and history - definitely a favourite I remember.
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LibraryThing member AprilBrown
What ages would I recommend it too? – Five and up.

Length? – Two day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Real world early 1900's - A children's autobiography of Wild Horse Annie.

Written approximately? – 1966.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind?
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– Ready to read more. Ready to save the horses!

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? Yes - a few links to updated information on current wild horse (and other critter) preserves and rescue efforts.

Short storyline: The story of Wild Horse Annie's life and her struggle to save the wild Mustangs without whom, she would never have been born.

Notes for the reader: A few archaic words can cause confusion for some readers.
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LibraryThing member fuzzi
Marguerite Henry tells the story of Annie Johnston, the woman who helped lead the charge to outlaw the use of planes and trucks in the roundup of wild mustangs, and to prohibit the cruel practices employed to transport captured horses to the slaughterhouse. I was unaware of this lady and her role
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in protecting the few wild horse herds remaining. Worth reading, especially if you are a lover of horses.
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Sequoyah Book Award (Nominee — Children's — 1970)


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7.63 inches


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