I recently finished reading Sheila Burnford’s The Incredible Journey. I read this book many, many years ago (I think I was probably in 3rd or 4th grade), but I had to read it again because I’ll be teaching it this coming semester during student teaching. I vaguely remembered the basic idea of the story, so I was a little leery about reading it. (I’m such a wuss when it comes to stories about animals suffering…) I ended up being very happy that I was given the opportunity to become re-acquainted with the book though.
The Incredible Journey is the tale of three pets–a young Labrador named Luath, an old English Bull Terrier named Bodger, and a Siamese cat named Tao. While their owners The Hunter’s are in England, they’re being taken care of by their family’s friend John Longridge. A series of mishaps leave these three courageous animals on their own in the Canadian wilderness, following their instincts to travel to their home in hopes of being reunited with their true masters.
Although The Incredible Journey is set at a 6th grade reading level, there are some difficult vocabulary words throughout the book. If you’re anything like me, this is beneficial. Sometimes I find books with very easy vocabulary dull to read. The story may be amazing, but I find myself getting bored while reading it. This wasn’t the case with The Incredible Journey. Yes, it a fast read, but it keeps you entertained with both humorous and suspenseful events. I found myself holding my breath multiple times, and I was constantly rooting for the three friends throughout their journey. It’s a very sweet, heart-warming story, especially for pet lovers. If you’re looking for a quick trip down memory lane, I’d encourage you to reread The Incredible Journey; and if you’re new to The Incredible Journey, I’d still recommend it because it is such a fast and worthwhile read.