A BRAND IS FOREVER by Ann Herbert Scott

A BRAND IS FOREVER

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Age Range: 6 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 An unsentimental, but not unsympathetic, story about a child who has ``always looked forward to branding day'' and its excitement and neighborly cooperation--until she has her own calf. Annie, who has bottle-fed the orphaned Doodle, begins to worry about the pain to be inflicted by the special brand that Gramps is making--an extension of the family's ``Double H'' with her own ``A.'' For the rest of the family, it's a workaday event, and each member deals differently with Annie's apprehensions: Gramps compares branding to inoculation and recalls their brand's history; Buster taunts, then bets Annie will shut her eyes; Gram suggests that Annie could help in the kitchen instead of watching; Mom reminds her to do her regular chores. But Annie rises to the occasion, helps with the fire, and even keeps her eyes open. A realistic and perceptive slice of ranch life, seamlessly incorporating a good deal of information on branding (there's an informative note, too), and tenderly illustrated in Himler's signature watercolor style. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-10)

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1993
ISBN: 0-395-60118-5
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1993




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