- 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: 9780440413240
- ISBN-13: 978-0440413240
- ASIN: 0440413249
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 238 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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
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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.
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>Tao, a Siamese cat
>Bodger, an old, white English Bull Terrier
>Luath, a young Labrador Retriever
John is heading to his brother's cabin a couple hundred miles away. Leaving a note as well as talking with his housekeeper Mrs. Oakes, all is arranged for her to look after the animals until he returns. Unfortunately Tao knocks the paperweight in the night dislodging the second sheet of paper which ends up in the fire. The next morning, Luath takes the initiative to head home to his master. Will the others follow? Mrs. Oakes believes that the animals have gone with John so no one is worried about them.
Heading west, Tao is able to catch his own food. Bodger is too old and weakness soon occurs. What will happen? Luath has been bred to only retrieve and not harm. Will the hunger finally take over? This is truly a story of an INCREDIBLE JOURNEY! Unlike some books where the author has the animals talking there is none of that in this book. We see the relationship/bond the three have between them but that is it. This book is 11 chapters and the animals truly face some very difficult dangers along with the odd unexpected kindness here and there.
FANTASTIC! Highly recommend. Our 13, 10 and 7 year old loved it as did I. I purchased this book for my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
This book was also made into a Disney movie which I enjoyed as a kid, but as always the book is better than the movie. I love seeing classic books from my childhood still being read and enjoyed by children today. The stories are timeless and teach lessons about love, devotion, honesty and bravery.
Some other books like this one that your older child (8-12 yrs) might enjoy are Island of the Blue Dolphins, My Side Of The Mountain, Where the Red Fern Grows, Shiloh, Charlotte's Web, Hatchet, Because Of Winn Dixie, Gentle Ben, Julie Of The Wolves, Incident At Hawk's Hill, The Yearling, Black Beauty, The Call Of The Wild, Wind In The Willows, and Bambi.
Because you wife and I have a new kitten - a Siamese kitten- we were struggling for a name and came across Tao on an online list. Immediately I downloaded this book to my kindle app and promptly read it again. Frankly, I was surprised how well I remembered the book's details, and how happy and magical it made/makes me feel!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves cats and dogs, as a primer for the James Herriot books.
This book was about two dogs and a cat. They went out of their house and went on a journey by themselves. The terrier got injured by a bear. The cat was trying to cross a stream and fell in. He accidentally went downstream where the dogs couldn't find him. At the end they found each other again. They also found their owners.
I liked this book because the dogs and the cat got back to their owners again at the end. I liked reading about their adventures.