Vishnu Temple Press
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Vishnu Temple Press publishes and distributes non-fiction books about the Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau.
Vishnu Temple in the Grand Canyon Art © Ron Short
Photo © Mike Buchheit
For her tenth birthday Martha Krueger received a copy
of Brighty of the Canyon by Marguerite Henry from her
grandparents. Unlike most of the children who read the
book in the 1950s, she knew the little boy who befriended
the burro in the story. He was her father, Robert “Bobby”
McKee. His parents and grandparents ran tourist camps,
called the Wylie Way, across the American West and he
spent his childhood summers at the one on the North Rim.
He led the good-natured little burro named Brighty down to
a spring where he would fill the barrels on the burro’s back
and then lead him back to the camp, unload the water, then
do it all again several times a day. The book is still in print
and there is a statue of Brighty in the present-day North Rim
Lodge much-hugged by generations of children.
There was a lot more to the story so now, in her eighth decade, Krueger draws from family letters, journals, and photographs to recount the real-life stories of Bobby, Brighty, and running a camp a long way from anywhere.
978-1-7322192-4-3, 104 pages, 6" wide x 9" high, B&W photographs, November 2019, $14.95.
Bobby, Brighty, and the Wylie Way is also available as a kindle ebook. To order from Amazon click here Bobby, Brighty, & the Wylie Way