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Lad: A Dog Paperback – July 1, 1993
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None of that mattered to me then (or now for the matter). I was drawn into the world of Lad and Terhune every time I opened those pages. Eventually, I managed to read most of his works and came to truly admire Terhune's writing, even though I have since read that he considered himself to be a hack.
It's now many years later, and there is still magic in these books for me. I have several of the books waiting for the day my very young daughters (a two year old and a four year old) are ready to read books that don't have pictures on every page. In fact, I've got a backlog of books I want to share with them, but I'm willing to bet we start with Lad.
If your children have any interest in animals in general or dogs in particular, you must get this book, and all of Terhune's other works if you can find them, for your children. Sure, the language may be a lttile strange at times, but your child will still love this book all the same.
You can still visit a portion of the Terhune estate in Wayne, New Jersey. The Place (house)is gone, but the grounds remain. You will see Lad's grave marker, along with the grave markers of many other dogs made famous in Terhune's books. You can visit the shore of the lake and stroll the grounds. You can feel Lad's eerie presence as he lives over and over again the stories from the pages of Terhune's books. Or perhaps he is still there. Look -- is that ...
Mr. Terhune, however, grossly underestimated himself. As "Lad: A Dog" shows, his genius was in his ability to make his readers care deeply about his subjects. "The Place" becomes your home, and Lad your beloved hero.
This book is not to be missed. It is thoroughly entertaining, and packed with selflessness and the purest of love.
"The Place", by the way, is now "Terhune Memorial Park", and is a wonderful place to visit, with the dogs' graves still intact there.
A wonderful book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic popular book from the first half of the 20th century, extremely well-written. Modern children might find the style a little over their heads, but it is written for dog... Read morePublished 11 minutes ago by Jerry Gould
A beloved story from my childhood. (also a favorite of MY father) My grandchildren (7,5 & 3) loved it and hung on every word! Great pictures in this edition!Published 4 months ago by Elaine L. Miller
One of the best dog books ever written, it was the first in a whole set of books by Albert Payson Terhune. I have about 25 of them and treasure each one!Published 7 months ago by Rosie
I read this book as a child.My nine year old granddaughter is currently enjoying it.Published 8 months ago by Valerie S.
More wonderful stories about an exceptional collie. We never tire of reading about him and the other dogs on "the place."Published 11 months ago by Sara Fernandez