Luath the young Labrador, Bodger the old English bull terrier and Tao the Siamese cat set out on a long 300 mile trek home through the Canadian wilderness.
This book was a real treat. I've only ever seen Homeword Bound: The Incredible Journey
, the remake of the original adaption with talking animals, but the basic plot and encounters were essentially the same. The movie was just a touch more melodramatic. Just a touch. This book blows that beloved-by-little-me classic out of the water though. Even knowing how it all was going to turn out didn't stop me from tearing up at the end, I know, how sentimental of me. Related to that: if I had read this when I was little I would have been bothered by how sad and lonely (view spoiler)[the little girl who rescues Tao out of the river was; send that girl a kitten! (hide spoiler)]
The old man in the woods on the other hand, he seemed to be doing just fine. Child logic.
Kids familiar with anthropomorphized everything
and expecting catch phrases might not pick this up as easily, but for those who still eat up White Fang
or Kazan the Wolf Dog
or...I'm trying to think of a realistic cat/big cat adventure story and can't think of one, but anyway those who like those stories are going to love this. Other kids will love it too, it'll just take more persuasion.
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