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Brigadier

Gentle Hero

by Judy Andrekson, illustrated by David Parkins

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list price: $8.99
edition:Paperback
published: Feb 2009
ISBN:9780887769047
publisher: Tundra
Description

The true story of a gentle hero who won hearts and affection for
his commitment to “serve and protect.”

A big boy right from the start, Brig was a Belgian draft cross, or grade horse, with just the right temperament to earn his place on the Mounted Unit of the Toronto Police Department. Brigadier was a golden chestnut with four white socks, and his size alone was imposing. But that wasn’t why Sergeant Graham Acott chose this horse above all the others with such certainty. The animal’s large, intelligent, and gentle eyes were what struck him. This was a horse, and a partner, perfectly suited to the job for which he’d been bred.

Brigadier never let Graham or anyone else down for a moment, and his years of service with the force were happy ones. When, on that last night, he turned into the path of an oncoming car and took the full force of its impact, he did what he was trained to do and he did it with the heart of a gentle hero.

Thousands wept and were outraged by the senseless cruelty that ended Brig’s life. For his selfless act, Brigadier received full honors, a police funeral, and tributes from around the world. But his days of willing service, the smiles he brought, and his gift of companionship are what he will always be remembered for.

About the Authors

Judy Andrekson

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David Parkins has illustrated numerous children's books. He also does editorial illustrations, political cartoons, and strip cartoons. David lives in Lansdowne, Ontario.
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Contributor Notes

Judy Andrekson grew up in Nova Scotia with a pen in one hand and a lead rope in the other. At the age of twenty, she moved to Alberta, where she could pursue her great love of horses, and there she found her dream job managing a thoroughbred racing/breeding farm. By her thirties, Judy had also begun to write seriously. Now she combines both of her passions in her new series for young readers, True Horse Stories. Judy also works as an educational assistant. She, her husband, John, and their daughter, Kate, live in Sherwood Park, Alberta, along with a constantly changing assortment of animals.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Editorial Review

Praise for JB Andrew: Mustang Magic:
“This is a gripping story, full of tension and real life descriptions. . . .” — Highly Recommended, Canadian Review of Materials

Praise for Miskeen: The Dancing Horse:
“Andrekson really embraces the storytelling heart of her material . . . with a high degree of emotional engagement, complicated relationships and issues, and a well-realized personality.” — Quill & Quire

Praise for Little Squire: The Jumping Pony:
“This is a lovely book, and I would recommend it not only to horse lovers, but to young readers who enjoy historical fiction.” — Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

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Brigadier: Gentle Hero (True Horse Stories)

This horse won affection for his steady commitment to “Serve and Protect.” Brig was a Belgian draft cross who earned a spot on the Mounted Unit of the Toronto Police Department. One night he turned into the path of an oncoming car and took the full force of its impact — he did what he was trained to do, with the heart of a gentle hero.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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