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Brigadier: Gentle Hero
Contributor(s): Andrekson, Judy, Parkins, David (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0887769047     ISBN-13: 9780887769047
Publisher: Tundra Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: February 2009
Annotation: Provides the life story of Brigadier, a Belgian draft cross who earned his place on the Mounted Unit of the Toronto Police Department and was killed in the line of duty, receiving a police funeral, full honors for his service, and tributes from around the world. Original.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Brigadier (Horse); Juvenile literature.
Police horses; Ontario; Toronto; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Animal heroes; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Horses
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Law & Crime
Dewey: j636.1/08860929
LCCN: 2009288503
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: True Horse Stories
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.00" W x 0.25" (0.24 lbs) 88 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 135415
Reading Level: 7.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 3.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher 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.

Contributor Bio(s): 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.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 October)

Gr 5–8—Brigadier, a member of the Mounted Unit of the Toronto police force, was killed when a reckless driver plowed his van into the horse, causing injuries so severe that he had to be put down. The officer survived. This tragedy sparked a lot of media coverage when it happened in February of 2006. A large portion of the book focuses on finding and training the animal, and the author pays special attention to his gentle, comical, smart, and endearing personality. Children will fall in love with Brigadier, as did so many Torontonians. The author mentions the fight to bring "Brigadier's Law" into existence—the man responsible for the death of this amazing horse got a "slap on the wrist." Illustrations include occasional sketches that are quite lovely. All in all, a good story, tenderly told.—Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

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