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The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

The Incredible Journey (original 1961; edition 1997)

by Sheila Burnford

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Title:The Incredible Journey
Authors:Sheila Burnford
Info:Yearling (1997), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 160 pages
Collections:Your library, TBSL, Child/Youth Books
Tags:animals, dogs, cats, young adult, wild, wilderness, dog, cat

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The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (1961)


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  mshampson | Jan 4, 2015 |
I recall this book from my childhood and the strong impact it had on me as a reader. It is a book that i do not often recommend to my students and I am not really sure why. I haven’t read the book in years, but felt that it needed to be on my list since it moved me so as a young reader. Students like that it is an animal adventure and that it truly is amazing to see the loyalty and strength the 3 animals have. It is also a sad, but I might need to revisit this with my fourth graders. ( )
  Taranto | Dec 2, 2014 |
Three pets, two dogs and a cat, head for home across the Canadian wilderness. Wow. Fabulous adventure story. Attacked by bears. Almost drowned in a river. Nearly starving. Shot at. Taken in for the night by a zany loner. Befriended by some empty-nesters. Walking through snow. Fantastic story! Quite deserving of the title. ( )
  debnance | Nov 2, 2014 |
Pets on a road trip. Unlike 'Animal Farm', their aim is to return to human overlordship. Paean to the worthy simplicity of animals - loyalty, camaraderie, purpose. The expansive Canadian outdoors is the other lead character, also fondly portrayed. ( )
  eglinton | Jul 17, 2014 |
This book tells the tale of three house pets who leave home to venture across Canada to find their owner, John. There is Tao, a smart and regal Siamese cat, an elderly English Bull Terrier, and a young Golden Retriever. John assumes that they are safe at home with the kind lady who has offered to care for them, Mrs. Oakes. Mrs. Oakes thinks that John took the sweet animals with him on his trip. Thus, begins the incredible journey where these animals encounter dangerous situations such as the wilderness, wild animal confrontations, starvation. Not to mention that our old English Bull Terrier's strength is waning. They stick together and take care of each other through thick and thin, and are happily reunited with John at the end of the novel.

While I thought the book was slightly dated, I still fell in love with the charm of the book, and the very obvious message about the devotion to family. I also loved the spin off Homeward Bound movie as a child. The book was very emotional and detailed; written in such a way that you really felt deeply for the sweet pets. ( )
  aelmer | Mar 13, 2014 |
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Sheila Burnfordprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Erikson, HasseIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nellinge, SolveigTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, "Song of Myself," 32.
To my parents I.P and W.G.C Every

And to their grandchildren Peronelle, Jonquil and Juliet who grew up under the despotic white paw of dear Bill
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This journey took place in a part of Canada which lies in the northwestern part of the great sprawling province of Ontario.
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Instinct told them that the way home lay to the west. And so the doughty young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese set out through the Canadian wilderness. Separately, they would soon have died. But, together, the three house pets faced starvation, exposure, and wild forest animals to make their way home to the family they love. The Incredible Journey is one of the great children's stories of all time--and has been popular ever since its debut in 1961.

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A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family.

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