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Jock's Island by Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth

Jock's Island

by Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth

Other authors: Mort Künstler (Cover artist), Lilian Obligado (Illustrator)

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What attracted me to this book was the stunning artwork of the cover and with a simple name there is no giveaway as to what will go on. Due to it being a vintage book the story is definitely on the outdated side but a stunning read for those willing to try its old pages.

Although basically not tending to put too much emotion into Jock, Elizabeth does a great job in putting in the emotional side of a struggling heart fighting against the unknown scary events around him with the job of duty. And taking the struggling collie from an almost drear and hopeless survival existence into a world where hope is renewed.

Like some of her other books Elizabeth Coatsworth has a beautiful way of describing her character's world, making her characters realistic and setting an emotional message within an easy-to-read plot. There is some questionable material for a much younger audience yet the story is one that I would recommend for young adults interested in a good read. ( )
  flamingrosedrakon | Aug 26, 2015 |
Fiction based on historic event; story about a man and a Border Collie takes place in Tristan de Cunha. This is a small book, only 80 pages and many of those taken up with illustrations, but the story is heartwarming. Tristan de Cunha is a volcanic island in the South Atlantic, halfway between Africa and South America. Jock is a Border Collie. I can't tell much of the story without giving away the entire plot and its suspense. Suffice it to say there is plenty of Border Collie action including several herding scenes. Unlike many of the children's books of the era this one is straight fiction without moralizing, so it does not appear dated. ( )
  shepdog | Jan 15, 2009 |
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Künstler, MortCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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80 p. Jock, the black and white Border collie dog, tended the sheep of Old Tom. Tom sent Jock up to the high pastures after two missing sheep; when Jock returned, he found the entire island village was deserted, except for livestock and cats. There was a strange smell of sulphur in the air. All the other dogs had been shot. All of the people were gone. What is his duty as the lone dog on the island?
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