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The Incredible Journey

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  36,590 ratings  ·  505 reviews
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 Inc ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published December 18th 1995 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1960)
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Chris Thompson
As a kid, I fell in love with the movie inspired, thirty years later, by Sheila Burnford's novel, The Incredible Journey. That movie was called Homeward Bound and had a cast of talking animals who set out on an incredible one hundred mile journey to return home. The Disney film gave the animals human personalities: Chance the bulldog was goofy and reckless; Shadow the golden retriever was wise and loyal; and Sassy the Himalayan cat was, well, sassy. Burnford's novel deals with the animals much m ...more
Rebecca McNutt
What a fantastic book this is, I loved it when I was a little kid and it's still just as excellent today! Plus it takes place in Canada, so I was familiar with the frigid weather that the three animals face throughout the novel. It was incredibly well-written and intriguing.
Oh *sniff* My *choke* Goodness!*sob*
Please excuse me while I go find some Kleenex!

*blows nose, wipes tears, regains composure*

How can I not give this book anything other than my own 5-stars of LOVE!
*blows nose again, swallows hard*

I was a child of the 70's, so I knew of this story from clips of it I saw on The Wonderful World of Disney, which my sister and I watched every Sunday night. I don't think I ever saw the whole, original, 1960's Disney movie based on this book (and I never saw the 1980'
Oct 25, 2014 Indu rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal lovers
Recommended to Indu by: Mom
I've been longing to read this book ever since my mom mentioned about it to me one evening...I love books with animals in not to mention my liking towards this book when there are three animals involved...:)

So one morning Luath - the Labrador, Bodger - the Bull Terrier & Tao - the Siamese cat start their perilous journey in search of their master...a westward voyage...

They were looked after by Mr John Longridge, a friend of Jim Hunter (master). Since he & his family had to go to
Wicked Incognito Now
Many of you probably saw the movie, but I would have to say (of course) that the book is better.

At first my kids were disappointed that there actually is NOT any dialogue between the pets as they travel. However, I was happy for them to experience a different sort of story. Often their own stories are filled with too much dialogue or too much description, and is rather short on story. This book should give them an idea about how things can be written.

I love this book because it's just a heart-wa
I read this book probably 20 times when I was growing up...definitely one of my top all-time favorites. I loved animals, and for a long time wanted to be a veterinarian. I think I loved this book because of the combination of seeing from the animal's point of view, and the excitement of the adventure, and how realistic the writing was. A recommended read to anyone! And much better than the Disney adapted movie!
Austin Hammond
Austin Hammond
English 12-5

“The Incredible Journey”
Author: Sheila Burnford

I just finished reading the book “The Incredible Journey.” I thought this book was good, and I enjoyed reading it. The story takes place in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, where John Longridge lives. John Longridge is in charge of watching his friends' pets while they are away on vacation. Along the way, due to some miscommunication, the pets are nowhere to be found. Throughout the book you go along with them on thei
Miss Pippi the Librarian
The only reference I had for The Incredible Journey was watching Disney's 1993 movie: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey when I was younger. I figured it was (finally) time to read the original.

I checked out the Incredible Journey from my library's Overdrive collection, so I could enjoy it while I walked. It made an excellent companion because the animals were on the move and so was I! It also kept my interest as I relived that the Disney movie was far from the book. (But aren't most movie a
James Vachowski
“The Incredible Journey” is another book where animals actually serve as the main characters, and the story is about how these housepets make a trip of several hundred miles through the wilderness to re-unite with their owners. I’m always amazed by these type of animal stories, and how the authors succeed in letting the reader have a peek in on the animals’ thoughts and feelings.

Unlike “The Call of the Wild”, the two dogs and a cat in this book don’t feel very much in touch with wild animals, no
Nothing feels better than to read an old childhood classic read. Plus I was able to include it in my Around the World in 52 Books Challenge. It's been many years since my Daddy read me this (Hey I may be 21 but Daddy is the only thing I've ever called my father) story. I loved it then and I really loved reading it now that I'm older.

The story of the young lab, old bull terrier and the Siamese cat is one that is timeless and one that appeals to both the young and old as well as new readers and th
Gee, now I am questioning my memory. Was it "The Wonderful World of Disney" that I first saw the Incredible Journey? I'm sure, like many others, I share the memory: Mid 1960's, Sunday evening, 6 o'clock, Mr. Disney himself did the introductions. "When you wish upon a star.. makes no difference who you are...." Looking back I was so thrilled to watch Walt Disney when it was an animal story. I was never a fan of Mickey Mouse or anything animated. Wherever I initially saw this production I absolute ...more
I was six years old when the remake of The Incredible Journey, Homeward Bound, came out. I loved it, even if the portrayal of Shadow always managed to make me sad. (So old and devoted and wise... I still remember the end, when he comes home, and... okay, okay, I'll stop...)

This book is very different from the movie. There's still two dogs and a cat, but their personalities are different and the reason for their journey has also changed. This book is very calmly paced. I won't say it's slow, beca
Summer Lane

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey was my favorite movie growing up. To this day it’s still my fondest childhood film. I loved it so much that I would wake up in the morning humming the theme song, and my dog Jessie and cat Luke would inadvertently become my stand-ins for Shadow and Sassy. So I found an old book in my closet titled, The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford, and I had to read it. The book was penned during the early 60s, and like Born Free, it is almost like reading a book
Leslie Lesté-lasserre
The Incredible Journey is many things. It is, for instance, as the title says, incredible: Burnford makes one travel through everlasting forests full of dangerous wild animals, towns of harsh and cold-hearted people, farms of kind and welcoming folk, fast and deep rivers, plains of green grass. And all these different lands are a part of the path of three domestic animals, wanting to go home: a smart and swift cat, a young and determined retriever, and an aging but fierce bull terrier.
It is also
I'd seen the movie a looooong time ago, and although the book was really different, I enjoyed it a lot. The personalities of the two dogs and cat where probably the most striking difference between the movie, since the plot was pretty much the same, a few differences here and there, but not that many. I like dog stories, especially dog stories where the dog doesn't actually die at the end (why is that I wonder, like 80% of all dog books! end in the dog's death, it's so frustrating), so I was cur ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Three pets, two dogs and a cat, head for home across the Canadian wilderness. Wow. Fabulous adventure story. Attacked by bears. Almost drowned in a river. Nearly starving. Shot at. Taken in for the night by a zany loner. Befriended by some empty-nesters. Walking through snow. Fantastic story! Quite deserving of the title.
Amy Flink
I first saw this movie on Disney when I was about 9. Recently, over 20 years later, I was in Half Price Books and spotted the book so I bought it. I was intending to give it to my 10-year-old niece, but then I started reading it. I had tears in my eyes. It was so inspiring.
This book is very symbolic of the Christian walk--through the wilderness, into the "Promised Land". We all need each other--nobody is an island. We cannot go it alone. Like the animals in this book. They stay together and hel
Lindsay Nichols
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Sabrina Kiele
When I was a kid, the 1963 movie based on this book was one of my favorite movies. I never saw the 1993 remake, Homeward Bound, but I see from the book reviews on here that Homeward Bound introduced many people to this wonderful story. (For those of you who have never seen the 1963 movie, The Incredible Journey, I highly recommend it. It sticks pretty closely to the book and is enjoyable to watch.) When I was a little older and learned to read, I read this book several times and loved it every t ...more
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buku yang saya peroleh dari sebuah lapak online milik seorang teman ini, walau hanya 138 halaman, tapi sarat makna. Berkisah tentang persahabatan 2 ekor anjing dan seekor kucing, yang dititipkan oleh keluarga Jim Hunter yang harus pindah tempat tinggal sementara ke Inggris, kepada sahabatnya Longridge.Oh ya, mereka tinggal di Kanada. Ketika musim gugur tiba, Longridge menitipkan ketiga binatang peliharaan itu pada Mrs Oakes, pengurus rumah tangganya, karena dia harus bertemu saudara laki- lakiny ...more
Loved this book as a kid. Reading it with Carson who was very resistant. We are about 2/3 of the way done and I asked her if she liked it. She said it was sad. I said, "But do you like it." She said, "If you like things that are sad, then this is AWESOME!". Sigh...
Anna Marie
Our latest lunch-out-loud read... and I wasn't sure how it was going to go over. If you're reading a story written about three animals there's not much for dialogue... I thought it might be a real slog. Astoundingly, my kids LOVED this book, and begged for 'just one more chapter'.

Two dogs and a cat are being house-sitted by a family friend while their family goes abroad for some time. When he goes on a hunting trip and leaves them with the housekeeper, they decide to go home - to their REAL home
Feb 04, 2008 J rated it 5 of 5 stars
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One of my faorite books ever. I have a copy and just decided to read it again. It only took a few hours and it was a pleasure to revisit Sheila Burnford's touching and inspirational story about a cat and two dogs a long way from home. Great, straightforward writing and a good story.
Wonderful story about two dogs and a cat who are left with friends while their people travel on vacation. They decide to go home, a hazerdous journey of many miles. Good book, very heartwarming and recommended to anyone who loves animals.
Emily Becker
I vaguely remember seeing the movie as a kid, but now that I've finished the book I can assure you it's way better. I'm a total sucker for animal adventures, though I think this is the first one I've ever read where they didn't have dialogue. Initially this turned me off a bit (though it's obviously more realistic) but I got more into the story as it went on and I ended up really loving their wordless interaction and camaraderie. The characters are all so lovable in their own ways, the sassy, in ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Janet rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young animal lovers!
I think part of the joy in parenting comes from chances to relive some of your own favorite childhood memories. I couldn't wait to share this one with my daughter(who is five). I think somewhere along the lines, Disney colored my recollections of the book and filled it in with Chance, Shadow, and Sassy instead of Luath, Bodger, and Tao. Oops.

I couldn't help but insert the names Chance, Shadow, and Sassy. Otherwise, short of omitting a fun of the gun/hunting references not much else needed to be
Chris H-C
Classic tale of an arduous journey peppered with enough detail and framing to make it sound like it was 'based on a true story'... which it wasn't.

Sometimes marketed as a children's story (though the author says it wasn't written that way), my five-year-old was involved in the story, but not in its words. The wistful descriptions of northern-Ontario trees, rocks, and water go on overlong, and the run-on sentences run on. And on.

Simile and metaphor often go on one or two phrases longer than rhyth
A sweet book. The fact that the animals did not talk to each other (at least not in English) made the story seem more mature.
This is a really good book. 4th grader reading it for literature and she can't put it down. She doesn't generally like stories about talking animals and prefers realism. There were no talking, personified animals here. We do like stories about friends. The Siamese cat, English bull terrier, and labrador retriever are unlikely and amusingly best friends.

A wonderful story. Well crafted. Descriptions of the animals reminds me of that English veterinarian's books "All Creatures Great and Small". Ah
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Sheila Philip Cochrane Burnford, née Every, (11 May 1918 – 20 April 1984) was an English novelist.

Born in Scotland but brought up in various parts of the United Kingdom, she attended St. George's School, Edinburgh and Harrogate Ladies College. In 1941 she married Doctor David Burnford, with whom she had three children. During World War II she worked as a volunteer ambulance driver. In 1951 she emi
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