Friday, September 26, 2014

Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt

Tuk is a young bighorn sheep who has seen the blue mountain.  With that vision in his head, he sees the future of his herd taking another direction.  But not everyone agrees...

Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 28th, so look for a copy then.

This is non-fiction based story on bighorn sheep and their challenges in life.  They have lots of enemies in the low lands, man is an enemy everywhere, and food is getting scarce with development.  

The matriarch of the herd leads them; the rams follow along.  They don't do a lot with the herd except at breeding time.  The big head clashes with their horns is part of that ritual.  

I enjoyed the fact that the author had her animals talk to each other.  It made the story easier to read and more interesting.  Tuk came along when the herd needed him and he does lead them to a new area where they could graze in safety.

If you read this book, you'll look at those bighorn sheep with a new sense of wonder.  They're smart and family oriented, and they accept life and death as fate.  I'd love to see a young one!

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