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The incredible journey
Burnford, Sheila, 1918-1984.
Publication Information:
New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1996.

Physical Description:
145 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
A doughty young Labrador retriever, a roguish bull terrier, and an indomitable Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness to make their way home to the family they love.
Reading Level:

1320 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.6 5.0 230.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.1 8 Quiz: 05830 Guided reading level: V.

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Material Type
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Julia Boyer Reinstein Library J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Classics

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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.

Author Notes

Sheila Burnford was born in Scotland and lived much of her life in Canada until she passed away in 1984. She wrote books of fiction and nonfiction for both children and adults. In World War II, she was an ambulance driver. The Incredible Journey was hir first book.

Carl Burger was an American illustrator and author of children's books before he passed away in 1967. He is best known for illustrating The Incredible Journey and Old Yeller .

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-7. After their owners move, three animals in an unlikely alliance survive hunger, hardship, and harassment as they journey hundreds of miles to rejoin their human family. Burnford's adventure will expand readers' insights into animal behavior.

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