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Greyfriars Bobby

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  554 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - When the time-gun boomed from Edinburgh Castle, Bobby gave a startled yelp. He was only a little country dog - the very youngest and smallest and shaggiest of Skye terriers-bred on a heathery slope of the Pentla ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Echo Library (first published June 28th 1905)
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Olly Cooper
I first came across Greyfriar's Bobby in primary school. I was one of those children that, if given the chance, would choose the same story to read over and over again (I suppose it does improve comprehension of the story!). I therefore came very familiar with the plot in this time.
The story goes that there is an old, homeless man known as 'Auld Jock' who has a dog 'Greyfriar's Bobby'. The two keep each other company and often visit a kitchen which provides Auld Jock with food, the cook also giv
My reading of Stevenson has reminded me how much I loved this as a child. I was such a sucker for sentimental animal stories: sobbed my heart out at the film version of The Incredible Journey and one of my earliest memories is how the lions at the Zoo did not share out their food in a comradely sort of way and I cried all the way home because one lioness went hungry. Aaaaaaaaw. Molesworth would have called me a wet and a weed, and my older brother called me worse than that. But that's what older ...more
Wayne S.
The story begins in 1858 when Bobby is a young, slate gray, Highland Skye terrier who lives on a sheep farm in the Pentland Hills outside of Edinburgh, Scotland. He claims as his master an old shepherd named John Gray, age 63, generally known simply as Auld Jock, although the dog actually is owned by the tenant of Cauldbrae farm where the shepherd works. That winter the farmer has to let Auld Jock go for lack of work, and the elderly shepherd rents a room in Edinburgh. Bobby runs away from the f ...more
Gw membeli bku ini dgn napsu, pertama hrganya murah (karena diskon dan bku lama). Kedua ini kisah nyata dan terakhir yang ga kalah penting ini tentang anjing! Mahkluk hidup paling manis sedunia setelah gw..hehe..
Dan ketika gw membaca bab2 awal gw rada bete, cerita dituliskan dengan deskriptif sih, gw bisa masuk kedalam cerita dan membayangkan sudut2 kota Edinburgh dimasa itu, merasakan pergolakan batin Auld Jack tua yang miskin dan kesepian dan yah gw seperti mengenal Bobby sendiri. Tapi kadang
Read with an open heart and a box of kleenex. This is the most honest portrait of the love and devotion that exists between a human being and his beloved dog. When you have read the book...don't miss the movie. Try and fit a box of kleenex in your will need it...but oh how both this book and movie will warm your heart and send you home to hug your beloved pet, or remember those that are now gone but so enriched your life with their unconditional love and affection.
Anne Mcginlay
Love this little book. Description is just great. I bring it out and re-read every 2-3 years. Usually in mid-winter when I can curl up and listen to the wind howling or watch the snow falling. I'm a bit late this time as reading it now but the wind is still howling!!!!!!! Not far to go in book so will be crying soon!!
Mark Speed
Being the son of Edinburgh folk, I was force-fed the legend of Greyfriars Bobby by my parents and grandparents. It's one of the great stories of animal loyalty. For those of you who don't know it, he was a Skye terrier who sat by his master's grave for 14 years in the grounds of the eponymous church (which wasn't called Bobby).

My mother was fond of this story as a child, so a paperback copy of this classic version of the story was thrust upon me at an early age. It remains on my shelves, its cov
This is an enchanting little book telling the story of Greyfriars Bobby. The story starts out in modern day, but transports the readers (the children characters) back in time to when Bobby, the little dog was alive. I've been to Edinburgh and to Greyfriars, and the artist really captures the old beauty of the city. The paintings of the people and the dog are wonderful and really capture their expressions.

The story is told simply in an easy to understand way. I felt this was a good book to start
Kathryn Yeo
I love this book! it really is awesome
Bobby is a Skye Terrier who makes his abode in Greyfriars, Scotland. (When you say his name, make sure to pronounce it in a British/Scottish accent. Sounds better like that, of course.) This happy "little ruffian of a terrier" lived during Queen Victoria's reign--his true story begins in 1858 and takes the course of many years thereafter. Bobby has a very courageous story...

"It was a notable feat for a small creature whose tufted legs were not more than six inches in length, whose thatch of long
"The bonny bit is the bairns' ain doggie, an' the Laird Provost himsel' told 'em he wasna to be neglectet,'" was one mother's plea.

Ah! that was very true. To the grand folk who had come to see him, Bobby was only a nine days' wonder. His story had touched the hearts of all orders of society. For a time strangers would come to see him, and then they would forget all about him or remember him only fitfully. It was to these poor people around the kirkyard, themselves forgotten by the more fortunate
Ady Ahmed
Banyak pengorbanan yang dilakukan Bobby demi tuannya itu. Seperti terpaksa menahan rasa lapar karena tidak dapat mencari makan dan terkurung di area pekuburan, hingga mengalami luka-luka setelah menuruni Castle Rock yang terkenal curamnya. Namun Bobby tetaplah Bobby, ia tetap berusaha menunjukkan kesetiaannya dengan kembali ke atas gundukan tanah itu.

Karena sikap sopan, pengorbanan dan kesetiaan Bobby, dalam sekejap ia berhasil meraih simpati setiap orang dari setiap kalangan sosial dan menjadik
“Canine Loyalty in a Scottish Churchyard”

Set in 19th century Edinburgh this classic dog story is not really a children’s book (no juvenile protagonist), but people of all ages can relate to friendship and loyalty, Christian compassion and an innate sense of duty. Based on a true story this book was modified in places by the admiring author—perhaps to give it more youthful or rustic appeal.

A small terrier named Bobby was the devoted working companion of an a elderly shepherd, but when Old Jock
Oh, I loved this book. I never read it as a child and to be honest it probably would have been lost on me through the language. Not the dialect, though even as a Scot some of it was too thick for me to translate, but as a child I was more into Point Horror and The Babysitters Club.

Enough about me though, and let's talk about the wee sonsie doggie. I've never read something where the character was so well crafted and who attached themselves so deeply to the reader without a single word spoken or
Aug 25, 2010 Katie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doggy folks
I had a hell of a time with this book in the fourth grade and I didn't like it at all. It was too hard to read, especially some of the dialect. And it was dark and sad and tragic, with the old shepherd dying poor, and lonely, and probably unnecessarily (I wouldn't have been a big fan of Dickens back then), and the little dog clinging heartbroken to his grave.

The book sat on my shelf, glowering at me like a vulture, unread, jealous, for years, until I gave it away after college. I gave it anothe
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Off to Edinburgh for a few days stay in the Old Town, and with a five hour train journey from London to fill, what else could I read but Greyfriars Bobby?

I've read it before and had fond memories, so I downloaded it onto my new Kindle (thought I would hate the Kindle, but I LOVE it so far) and devoured it on the train, unashamedly shedding a few tears at the end.

Then, as soon as I dropped my bags off at my hotel, I headed out to explore all the places I'd just finished reading about in the Old
I'm not dog's lover, but reading this book just make me cry and wanting to hugh those dogs, especially this dog. Greyfriars Bobby was based on true story, about the love and loyalty of this ordinary dog, and his fight again all and everyone who had stand between him and the grave of his-master, makes this dog became known by everyone on the island of Scotland ... from a little boy and girl, from the grave-keepers until the cafe owner, from the simple peasant until the Queen of Scotland, everyone ...more
Rena Searles
Sweet, wonderful book about a little dog who captured the heart of a city! Based on a true story of a Skye terrier named Bobby and his undying love and devotion to his master. The Scottish vernacular made for a little slow going here and there, but well worth the read.
May 11, 2011 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog lovers
Shelves: dogs, true-story
I need to give this book 2 and a half stars.. because i'm between 'liked it' and 'it was okay' for this book.

I loved, loved the story and loved how Bobby spent years just being faithful to his owner, and Bobby's story with the people around him. i loved how it started and how it ended too. Although i do love detailed descriptions as how the author wrote them, i really had such a hard time reading the book. it was too slow for my taste, that often reading it becomes boring and sometimes even tiri
Made me bawl like a freaking baby, this did.

Great story, it's just so damn sad!
I read it many years ago, and it made me cry. But I enjoyed it.
I tried, I really tried. But I just coudn't take any more deciphering of sentences such as, "Sic a fulish bairn! Wi' fower wa's arooned 'im, an' a roof to 'is heid, an' a floor to 'is fut, hoo could a sma' dog mak' a way oot?" after dozens and dozens of sentences in this vein I just couldn't be bothered trying to figure them out any more. I found myself glossing over them, and having therefore lost the plot (so to speak) I gave up two-thirds through. I know there's a great story in there somewhe ...more
The edition I read was a Penguin edition...
Kris Ball
I really wanted to enjoy this book but what really spoilt this book for me was the dialogue set out in a Scottish dialect. It made some parts of the book very difficult to read but I stuck with it. Despite the difficulties in reading the dialogue, I really enjoyed the story of a little terrier loyal to sleeping on his master's grave each night. It was a really uplifting story that bought a small community together to look after the best interests of a "stray" dog.

Recommended but expect some diff
Mar 28, 2015 Nadine added it
Fun book for all ages! its downside is also its positive, it is written as it is spoken! which is charming, but can take a while to read!
This is a sweet story recommended for all dog lovers. The illustrations are beautiful. However, I didn't really like the way the story ended, I expected just a little bit more.

Also, just on a side note, I wonder why the author chose to create characters in the beginning that were children and were meeting up with their parents while they were touring Edinburgh. I wouldn't exactly let any child, even two of them, go out on their own in any unknown city. Thought that was kind of strange.
Difficult to read due to the Scottish dialect but a wonderful dog story. I saw the dog monument when I visited Endinburgh.
Might be good for animal story time, might make me cry though.
Far more romantic and entertaining than the true story of the little dog that would not leave his master's side, it's no wonder this is the version that people believe. More than a tale of a love that lasted beyond life, this is also a darn good example of a writer writing successfully in dialect. Read it for the "awwww" factor and learn a few knew words of a very beautiful language.
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