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The Incredible Journey by Shelia Burnford

The Incredible Journey (original 1961; edition 1961)

by Shelia Burnford

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Title:The Incredible Journey
Authors:Shelia Burnford
Info:An Atlantic Monthly Press Book (1961), Edition: Worn, Hardcover
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The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (1961)

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Digital audio book read by Megan Follows

Three beloved family pets – a young Labrador, an aged bull terrier, and a Siamese cat – head home across 300 miles of wooded and mostly uninhabited territory in Ontario, Canada.

This is a wonderful tale of adventure, friendship, loyalty, teamwork, and kindness. The animals face considerable danger, fight bravely, work together to survive, are fortunate to find a few kind people to help them along, are sometimes separated, but continue with a sense of purpose.

I saw the original Disney movie when I was a child and read the book at about that same time. I’m glad I revisited it now. The text copy is illustrated at the beginning of each chapter with drawings by Carl Burger.

Megan Follows does a fine job narrating the audiobook. She has clear diction and imbues the work with the drama and tenderness appropriate to various scenes. I especially liked her interpretation of the more dangerous episodes – the flood and the bear attack, for example. My one complaint about the audio is the cheesy dramatic music. It really irritated me, but I imagine it would add much to a child’s experience listening to the story. ( )
  BookConcierge | Oct 30, 2018 |
I read this aloud to my five- and seven-year-old daughters at bedtime. It really did not make a very good read-aloud book. There was next to no dialog, which made for really boring reading. It was quite monotonous. In hindsight, I should have held on to it for a couple more years and let my older daughter read it on her own. We're watching the 1963 movie now. ( )
  Aseleener | Mar 24, 2018 |
This book is told through the perspective of three pets who have been separated from their owners. The three domesticated pets, two dogs and a cat, travel across Canada to join their owners who have moved. As readers continue through the story, the pets encounter a number of natural predators. The pets must work together and must use their natural instincts for survival. Because this story is told through the perspective of animals, it may not interest more mature 6th graders. This book is particularly appropriate for students in grade 4 or 5 who enjoy adventure and survival plot lines.
  jstrecker | Jun 28, 2016 |
The story of how two dogs and a cat join forces to survive and manage to travel all the way to their masters. A good children's book that models loyalty, cooperation and perseverance. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I really liked this book, but its often patriarchal roles date it heavily. ( )
  amlohf | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Erikson, HasseIllustratorsecondary 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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