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The Incredible Journey Paperback – January 22, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1320L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (January 22, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440413249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440413240
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Captivating! A tale of charm, high drama and some revelations of the love existing between man and beast." — The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I had to read the book for school and loved it!!!!
Oliviarose01
The commitment and bravery the animals show toward one another in the face of several very real threats is inspiring and heart-warming.
Daniel Jolley
This book made me a little sad at the end to hear one of them died that was really sad.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 30, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Incredible Journey tells the story of three animal companions - a young Labrador Retriever, an aging Bull Terrier, and a feisty Siamese cat - who embark on a dangerous journey home through the Canadian wilderness. They had been staying with a family friend while their real owners were temporarily residing in Europe, but they lit out for home on their own after their current keeper left for vacation. The plan was for the couple who took care of the house to look after the pets, but fate conspired to make them think Mr. Longridge had taken the animals with him. Thus, as the animals made their way west toward their old home, no one at all knew they were missing.

Sheila Burnford's narrative is surprisingly realistic. Animals can't survive for weeks without food, and the only food available in the Canadian forests in early autumn is other animals. The cat is especially good at snaring warm snacks, and the Lab is capable of chasing something down from time to time - and luckily, both are willing to share with the old Bull Terrier whose age is catching up with him. It's a little sad to read about the demise of so many birds and rodents, but this book describes the animals' captures and kills rather straightforwardly. Of course, the trio also benefits from a few encounters with humans (although the Bull Terrier learns that his charms don't always win over the person on the other side of the door). These make for some emotional passages of their own, but the trio only stay in one place long enough to refresh and recover themselves.

The woods hold many dangers, which the animals could never survive on their own. Indeed, each one of them suffers trials that threaten to end their journey altogether, and the friends are also separated at times.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B. Jonnes on May 17, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Incredible Journey is mandatory reading for all kids and pet lovers. The book is on equal par with other classic animal tales such as Sounder and Old Yeller. It has a good combination of exciting action and emotionally-charged drama. Many young readers will be moved to both tears and cheers.
Through a series of mishaps, a trio of pets--a Labrador retriever, bull terrier, and Siamese cat--are left stranded in a cabin over two hundred miles from home. These three anthropomorphic characters assume the responsibility of saving themselves by journeying home by instinct and foot. What follows is a fantastic series of challenges and accomplishments. Their trek leads them through the north woods where they face wild predators, the elements, starvation, and incomprehensible distance. Along the way they learn lessons of love, loyalty, and perseverance. Wonderfully entertaining. --Christopher Bonn Jonnes, author of Wake Up Dead.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 8, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Have you ever heard of 2 dogs and a cat traveling through the Canadian Wilderness. This book is great for 5th grade students. The author of this book is Sheila Burnford.

The book takes place in the Canadian Wilderness. The animals owner goes off on a hunting trip. The animals run after him. On the way the animals find a house to stay in. One of the dogs gets hit by a porcupine before they find the house. When they found him he and their real owners where looking for them.

What a great read! This is an awesome book because there is adventure, excitement and the book will make you want to keep reading it. In the book there is a fight with a mother bear and her cub. The animals also meet Indians. The Incredible Journey is even better than Hatchet.

The book had no awards. I think that's wrong. I have no suggestions for improving this book. There are no improvements because I think this is the best book ever.

You should buy this book. Or you could read it in school. If you wanted you could probably get it in the library.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah L. Woodstuff VINE VOICE on December 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The book I read is a Weekly Reader Book, hardcover, with a copyright 1960, 1961 with the cover illustration copyright of 1986. The illustrations in the book are done by Carl Burger.
I loved this story since a child after watching the movie on The Wonderful World of Disney and I wanted to read and share the experience with my 6 year old daughter.
You will find yourself wanting to find out what will happen next as the three companions travel through hostile terrain to find their loving family hundreds of miles away.
The word choices are often hard to understand as an adult and my daughter would often ask "what does that mean"? Also she had a hard time keeping straight which dog was which but she did enjoy the book very much.
The last chapter is the best and I almost cried when two of the animals found their owners and then again when the old dog was reunited with his owner after everyone thought he did not survive The Incredible Journey.
I would like to know if this was any way based on a true story. You will enjoy this book very much but it is not a casual read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 14, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Incredible Journey is a great and heartwarming book. It is about three animals (an old Bull Terrier, a young Labrador retriever, and a feisty Siamese cat) who set out to find their master and family. It was a dangerous but wonderful journey. This book made me feel like I was actually there in the Canadian wilderness. I think anyone who loves animals and adventure would like this book.

This long journey through the Canadian wilderness was dangerous. The three animals encounter many obstacles. While in the wilderness the terrier heard some wrestling in the leaves. When he turned around he saw a baby black bear. He was not afraid until the bear started to tackle him. The bear's sharp claws made deep wounds in the side of the old dogs shoulder. When the Labrador heard the fighting he came from behind the bear to help the terrier. The Labrador started to growl at the baby bear and then the bear left. The cat also encountered danger. He was chased by a Lynx who seemed very hungry and looking for food. The Lynx almost captured the cat until the cat found a small burrow and hid from the Lynx. The Lynx was too big for the burrow and after many attempts to get the cat he did not succeed. While the Lynx was making this noise to get the cat a young boy who was hunting with his father shot the Lynx because he thought the Lynx was going to eat him. While the Labrador was hunting he found a porcupine and went to go eat it but the porcupine was to fast and shot some quills at the lab's cheek. As a result the lab caught an infection. Through all these obstacles the animals survived because they stayed together and watched out for each other.

The wonderful part of the book was the companionship of the animals and their love for each other.
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