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Lad: A Dog Paperback – July 1, 1993

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First published in 1919, Albert Payson Terhune's Lad: A Dog is actually a collection of immensely popular magazine stories. The hero is an extraordinary collie named Lad, "a thoroughbred in spirit as well as in blood." In each tale, Lad exhibits his pure strength of character as he fights off burglars, rescues an invalid child from a poisonous snake, wins ribbons in dog shows, and otherwise leads a dog-hero's life. This is a period piece--a threatened puppy is described, for example, as "a blinking pygmy who gallantly essayed to growl defiance"--and that touch of fustian is all part of Terhune's enduring charm. Because the stories didn't originally appear together, there's considerable repetition: nearly every story with a fight scene has the same authorial mini-lecture on the difference in fighting technique between collies and bulldogs. But Lad is a character who has poked his muzzle into a million hearts, and new generations of dog lovers will also appreciate his loyalty and courage. As Terhune himself wrote, "few... bothered to praise the stories, themselves. But all of them praised Lad, which pleased me far better." (Ages 6 and older) --Richard Farr

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Before there was Lassie, there was Lad--a dog whose loyalty and courage set him apart. Since its original publication over 70 years ago, Terhune's classic has touched countless readers. Lad is based upon one of Terhune's many collies. --townsendpress.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (July 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140364749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140364743
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I generally hate clichés like "kids of all ages," but it just really suits this book. I first discovered Albert Payson Terhune and Lad in seventh grade, much to the chagrin of our school librarian. She had to eventually temporarily ban me from checking the book out any further so that other kids could read it. In those days I did not realize I was reading about a long dead author and the most famous of his dogs, nor did I realize that the stories actually were taking place in the early part of the 20th century.
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.
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Format: Paperback
The best dog book ever written. A simple but striking story of fidelity between a man and his dog. Originally a tribute to Lad and the many other dogs who shared Terhune's estate, it is now a tribute to the ethical reality of Lad's life.
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 ...
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Format: Paperback
Albert Payson Terhune was always quick to disparage the quality of his own writing. He considered himself a hack writer and his humility was deep and genuine.
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.
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A Kid's Review on July 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Tense, touching, wonderfully told. Lad is a dog I want!! Read it, you'll love it! Me and my mom cried at some points it was so good! Please buy this good book! It not trash or a waste of money! Its a keeper!! Its worth more than it costs its so good!! Please, please buy it. You wont be disappointed. Too bad you cant rate it higher. If you could rate from 0-100, I'd rate it 100\100!! Again please buy it!!
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Format: Hardcover
This was the first book I read by Albert Payson Terhune - after which I was on a quest for all the others I could find. I was a kid then. Now, a LONG time later,I recently picked up Lad: A Dog once more and it wasn't like picking up other things from the past - I was drawn into it, completely. I wish I hadn't stayed away so long! It is good to come back to The Place. It doesn't feel like reading a "kid's book". This is for everyone, all ages, there's sweetness, there's action, too. And so many things to think about. There was only one Lad, but I think all our dogs have qualities we may be overlooking. Mr. Terhune had wonderful insights about dogs and only wanted us to appreciate them more. These are shining, exceptional books, and Lad : A Dog is definitely the one to start with if you haven't read these works yet.
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I first read Lad: A dog, when I was eleven. The story touched me and over the years I often thought of Lad and his WWI era world. It was not until tonight (Oct 27 04)at the age of forty-four that I reread the story of Lad and once again found myself happy and sad as I turned the pages.

A wonderful book.
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I can first remember having this book read to me by my mother. This was in 1950. The book, in reality a collection of short stories about a wonderful dog named Lad, are loosly connected. This book had quite an impact on me and has stuck with me throughout the years. Reading this, and other Terhune works, always brings the young boy out in me. I guess being a life long animal lover, particularly dogs, helps, but being a life long lover of books certainly does not hurt either. Yes, the language and syntax is indeed from another era, but for me this is a plus as I enjoy this sort of thing. Yes, there are some sad parts to this work, as in other Terhune books, but then that is sort of like life, isn't it? I cannot imagine an animal lover not enjoying these books. Perhaps here are some, but I doubt it. I am very glad this work is still in print as we would be much poorer without it. So many of our old stories are being lost now, it is nice to see that some of them are surviving. Highly recommend this one for both young and old. This is an excellent one to either read to your child or start your child in his or her interest in reading.
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