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Title:
The incredible journey
Author:
Burnford, Sheila, 1918-1984.
Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, 1996.

©1961
Physical Description:
148 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
"010 and up"--Front cover flap.

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.
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780385322799

9780440413240
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Fans of Old Yeller , Where the Red Fern Grows , and Shiloh will love this timeless classic about two dogs and a cat that embark on a journey to return to their owner and inspired the movie Homeward Bound .

An inquisitive Labrador retriever, friendly bull terrier, and courageous Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness to find their owner in this truly "incredible" adventure.
Instinct tells them that the way home lies to the west and together the three house pets face hunger, the natural elements, and wild forest animals as they make their way home to the family they love.
This beloved classic that inspired the movie Homeward Bound has captured the hearts of generations of readers. The lengths to which these three animals will go for each other and for their owner make for a thrilling and thoroughly unforgettable tale.

" Captivating! A tale of charm [and] high drama."-- The New York Times

" A classic. "-- The Atlantic

"From the youngest child...to the oldest grown-up, there is something here for everyone ."-- The Horn Book

"An incredible book! A beautiful story so moving that it stays in the mind constantly. It is a gem to be treasured."-- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"I have read The Incredible Journey with much enjoyment. Obviously the author has a great knowledge of animals and a great love for them. "--Joy Adamson, author of Born Free

" A clever story and evocative writing will keep animal lovers and adventure fans turning the pages."-- Common Sense Media

Pacific Northwest Young Reader's Choice Award Winner

William Allen White Award Winner

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Winner


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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