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The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor

The Trouble with Tuck

by Theodore Taylor

Series: Tuck (1)

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The passion of this thirteen-year old girl to overcome any obstacle to help her dog who is going blind, builds confidence that her appearance and lack of abilities did not.

Her struggles in problem-solving and training her dog, to protect him from himself, show the inner turmoil and external support of her family.

A heart-warming story that will encourage and inspire. ( )
  Sonya.Contreras | May 21, 2017 |

If this book had been about 70 pages shorter, it would've rated a 5 star. Just condense the first 70 pages or so. Because this book started out very slow, and even after the main thing was introduced, ie Tuck started loosing his sight, it just seemed to go slowly and nothing big was really happening.
The last few chapters were great though, I was VERY surprised by Helen's creative idea on how to train Tuck to be guided, and I was really happy and excited at the end. Overall a good book, but very slow to actually get good. ( )
  Heather19 | Sep 18, 2008 |
Lexile: 880
Reading Recovery: 28
DRA: 44
Fountas Pinnel Guided Reading: V
  mr.crunkleton | Aug 24, 2007 |
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Available for the first time in a Yearling edition, the classic, inspiring story of a dog who triumphs against all odds, by the bestselling author of The Cay.

Helen adored her beautiful golden Labrador from the first moment he was placed in her arms, a squirming fat sausage of creamy yellow fur. As her best friend, Friar Tuck waited daily for Helen to come home from school and play. He guarded her through the long, scary hours of the dark night. Twice he even saved her life.

Now it's Helen's turn. No one can say exactly when Tuck began to go blind. Probably the light began to fail for him long before the alarming day when he raced after some cats and crashed through the screen door, apparently never seeing it. But from that day on, Tuck's trouble--and how to cope with it--becomes the focus of Helen's life. Together they fight the chain that holds him and threatens to break his spirit, until Helen comes up with a solution so new, so daring, there's no way it can fail.

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A young girl trains her blind dog to follow and trust a seeing-eye companion dog.

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