Brigadier: Gentle Hero

Brigadier: Gentle Hero


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887769047
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 02/10/2009
Series: True Horse Stories
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 1,070,713
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

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.

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Brigadier: Gentle Hero 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LynndaEll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"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 to life the personality of this special horse. She shows the hard work, intelligence, and loyality Brigadier displayed as he worked with his human partners. 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 was given a copy for review.
NQTBradyBunch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brigadier is an easy-to-read story of a horse. I appreciated how the details of horse life and lingo are "translated" for non-horsey people. I laughed, I cried, and my heart goes out to those that are yet hurting from his loss. (Book came to me from Early Reviewer's lists)
nanajlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written, kid friendly, account of the life and death, of a gentle hero. Brigadier had trained for years to become a mounted unit for the great nation of Canada. He also became an unofficial good will ambassador both in Canadian communities and in the United States. Struck down in his prime by a careless criminal, the story of Brigadier's life and the multitudes he inspired, reminds us all to be respectful of life in all it manifestations. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through the LibraryThing Member Giveaway program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
bilja on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a nice short story about an unusual Canadian hero, a police horse. It is well written and very well illustrated, although I almost feel a lack of enthusiasm from the author's side: maybe I just want to read more about this nice guy, more adventures and less scholastic explanations. I found it very good for children.
luckycharm6139 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the true story of a horse named Brigadier who was chosen to work with the Toronto Mounted Police. The book tells how Brigadier was trained and worked during his time on the Mounted Police Unit. The story was good although it lacked in the emoyional, compassionate department. It was a bit dry and could have been made better by adding the compassion. All in all it is a wonderful story and I would reccommend it to young adults and for those who like animal stories and horses in general.
ailleth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book explores the trials of a horse that has been chosen to become a member of the Mounted Unit of the Toronto Police Department. although he had such a short time with them he touched a number of people.i enjoyed this book even through the sad parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Thandi Nixon More than 1 year ago