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A beloved classic gets a beautiful new look.

Lassie is Joe's prize collie and constant companion. But when Joe's father loses his job, Lassie must be sold. Three times she escapes from her new owner, and three times she returns home to Joe, until finally she is taken to the remotest part of Scotland—too far a journey for any dog to make alone.

But Lassie is not just any dog.
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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 1940)
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Mario
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think everyone and their mother knows the story of Lassie. I mean, there are countless movie adaptations. But for some reason, I haven't picked up the book until now. And I've got to say, this truly is a beautiful and heartwarming story, from start to finish. It was great hearing from a dogs point of view, and the struggles she survived. The story even had a few unexpected twists.

So in conclusion, amazing book, and I've got a feeling that it'll stay one of my favorite children's books for a re
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Classic reverie
I was looking for dog 🐕 centered books and knowing all about Lassie via the TV show, movies and the general public knowledge of this "lass", but I did not expect a story so meaningful and powerful. I chose to end my yearly May reads celebrating our beloved dog, Blondie with this book.💖🐶 When I chose this book last year, I had no idea, she would not be near me as I read this but we did enjoy watching the 1943 "Lassie Come Home." based on Eric Knight's 1940 novel, a couple months before her death. ...more
booklady
I have always wanted to read this book; I've seen the movie many times. Now I finally read it as an adult. However, I didn't read it just as ‘story’, but from the perspective of the “Great Journey Home” which we are all on. My read was a quest for universal themes, and one in particular. This quote had me in tears when I first encountered it and saw it as pertaining to my own journey back to Jesus:
‘...there was no hesitation. She was going home. Her senses were now aware of a great satisfacti
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Lassie is one of those stories I thought I knew. I finally got around to reading this 1001 Children's Book You Must Read this summer. I was surprised to discover the actual story is very different from my perception of the story.

Lassie is a strikingly beautiful collie owned by a poor family in Great Britain. She is devoted to the boy in the family. The father loses his job and decides to sell the dog to a rich man in the community. The man takes the dog to Scotland, but, somehow, though the dist
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Mikayla
I take back every joke I ever made about Lassie. The TV series has nothing on this book.
I have never read such a perfect description of a dog. The author described Lassie's actions without giving her the thoughts of a human. The journey was super interesting, and I loved getting to meet all the people along the way.
This actually made me cry. I seem to be making a habit of that lately.

So don't judge by the book by it's movie. This book is epic.
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Wendy
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book would be great for any animal-loving child, but adults like myself can find enjoyment, too. The writing style isn't too simplistic, actually giving kids credit for having some brains. The book also gives children credit for being able to handle more mature subjects, without going into any gruesome details. (view spoiler) Lassie's journey is touching, and I think both adults and children should find this book rewarding ...more
Mary Neary
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that a read and retread as a child as well as watched the movie. The characters, the Scottish countryside and the heart wrenching story of the loyalty of a dog and a family's poverty still stay with me 45 years later. It is a testament to how a great book can become a part of our being and life experience, as if we lived it ourselves. ...more
Ali
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
i was surprised by the emotionally maturity that the author gave to the son.

i love this book.
Tarissa
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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This is a delightful and heartwarming story that takes place right after World War I, in England and Scotland. The storyline centers on Lassie, the Carraclough's pet Collie. The family loves their dog very much... but when hard times hit, the family is forced into making a life-changing and heart-wrenching decision.

The town of Greenall Bridge could always depend on seeing Lassie trotting down the streets with her owner, young Joe Carraclough.
As the story unfolds, you will discover how determined
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Teresa
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone! Lassie Rules!!!
I had to put this book on here, because this was by far one of my favorite books when I was little... I would constantly check Lassie out from my elementary library and read it over and over agian... It got me into stories like Call of the Wild, and White Fang... But this book was one of the books that made me the reader I am today... I love lassie! =)
Stephen Wallace
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites. Not sure if this was the first long amazing journey dog story, but did that well. Descriptions of the motions and behavior of the dog to go with the point in the story are well done. After you read this one, read 'Lad: A Dog' and let me know which one you like better. ...more
Carly
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the book (coupled with the old TV show) that made the collie my all-time favorite dog. Even now when I know that having a sheep dog in a house in the suburbs doesn't work out very well, I still can't help but stop and stare in fascination whenever I see a collie or a sheltie (the miniature equivalent) on the street or on TV. ...more
Jersy
Very mature for a children's book and very compelling.
Following Lassie on her long and hard way home, reading about the people she meets and the one's that care for her, was great.
The characters were realistic, especially the emotionally immature reaction of the parents, in a way that impressed me. It also didn't shy away from topics like war and killing for survival. Lassie had enough character to her to be interesting as a main character while still being a real dog.
Fast read and very enjoyabl
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Georgie
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
what a lovely book. I enjoyed it so much. I've watched the films too which are good, son of lassie and courage of lassie are very good films to watch too I would recommend watching them as they are very interesting. ...more
Gina
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dog lovers
Can't help but love Lassie! I wish I had more to say on this one, but I don't really have any complaints or notable praises. It's well-written, engaging, and I enjoyed it. Next! ...more
The Mustache Louie Matos
Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight is a novel published in 1940 and when it was made into a movie in 1943, the character rose to prominence. Sadly, Eric Knight never got to see the fame that Lassie acquired, because he was killed in a World War II plane crash in 1943. However, reading this novel the reader gets a sense of respect and devotion that Knight clearly found evident in the relationship between dogs and their masters. Knight was familiar with collies in particular as a breeder of these dog ...more
Ejayen
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is so good as to almost make me want a collie.
Katja
5+ stars & 8/10 hearts. I’ve been wanting to read this for years, and now I finally did. I did not expect to get this emotionally involved, though I was sure it was a great story! Lassie’s story made me think of “The Incredible Journey,” but so much harder, more suspenseful, and more heart-tugging. I loved the Duke, and his relationship with his granddaughter. I loved Elnora and Michael. I loved Dan and Dally. I loved Lassie. I loved Ritchell. And oh, I loved the Carracloughs. <33 I loved Joe’s ...more
Gale
“TO OWN A DOG”

What does it take to be a true dog owner and dog lover? Certainly more than a piece of paper or a pedigree chart. Besides, what is an owner compared to being a dog’s one, true Master? Eric Knight’s 1940 tale of a dog who risks everything to be
reunited with the boy who loves her leaped into the hearts of readers the world over. Based on his youth in the mountains of Yorkshire the story opens with basic conflict: Man versus man, but unfolds into dog versus the world: man, beast, a
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Amy Keane
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this to my son recently and it is wonderful! A friend gave it to me because she and I have a dream-in-planning to visit England next summer with our families. It takes place in Northern England in Yorkshire, so I tried my best to read it aloud to my son using a Yorkshire accent. I am sure I sounded Scottish. Lassie is taken by a wealthy lord to his home in Scotland to train for dog shows. Of course she misses her "boy" and makes her way back.

The book we read had a map of the regions invo
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Greta
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alex
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A spectacular book!
SPOILER ALERT:









A beatiful book about a dog who tries to find her way home. She starts with her family as a fine dog. She has never left this family. She waits for her little master after he has completed the school day. One day she is sold to a mean duke who doesn't spend a lot of time with her. She escapes to her family, but is always brought back. One day she is taken hundreds of miles away from her family. She finds her way back home, to the suprise of many people. On her wa
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ProfBen10
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As classic as classic can be. This story ingeniously narrates a dog's perspective without making the dog's inner thoughts "talk".

In other words, it is the most naturalistic approach to a narrative about a dog trying to get home.

The minimal dialogue and regular description of Lassie's surroundings may be dry for some. But I personally loved it. I also liked how the author would occasionally shift perspectives to the humans Lassie encountered.

If you have patience for old descriptive writing, thi
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Debra Barstad
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who does not love Lassie, I remember watching this show when I was a kid. Lassie will do anything to get back to the people she loves. Growing up I always wanted a dog like Lassie even thou I did have a dog that was just as protected over me as Lassie. I would recommend this book to all dog lovers and a good wholesome story to share with children. I could read this book over and over growing up I always wanted a dog like lassie.
Kirsti
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another of the classics that has eluded my grasp until now, I flew through this book. I loved it! I can see why it such a treasure, and read by children everywhere. The descriptions are brutal and beautiful, the story exciting. I always love animal stories, but dogs and cats hold their respective places in my heart, so I really enjoyed this one. An absolute classic, five stars!
Pamplemousse
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was so much better than I expected it to be. Granted I more or less accepted a children’s book about a boy and his dog, and I was ready for some condescending corniness, maybe with some casual sexism, but instead I got a tense and heart-wrenching story about perseverance and hardship. Simply beautiful.
Renee
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
A friend brought me her old copy of this book, in honor of my new puppy.

I had never read this before. Interesting to read a children's book written long ago. It gives a sense of what was expected of children's ability to understand at that time.

Good story.
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Kelsey Bryant
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most stories about animals, this one really tugged at my heart. Lassie went through so much on her journey! And I really enjoyed that it was a journey through Scotland and northern England. (I read Kidnapped earlier this year, which details a similar trek.)
William  Shep
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The greatest and most beloved dog adventure of all time. Even someone like me, who doesn't like dogs, loves this story. ...more
Salvatore Leone
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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This was one of my favorites from my youth and when I saw that my wife's nephew had a copy I had to reread this classic. It holds up well, is still a wonderful, heartwarming story. ...more
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An author who is mainly notable for creating the fictional collie Lassie.

He was a native of Yorkshire in England, and had a varied career, including service in the Canadian Army during World War I and spells as an art student, newspaper reporter and Hollywood screenwriter.

His first novel was Song on Your Bugles (1936) about the working class in Northern England. As "Richard Hallas," he wrote the h
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