The Incredible Journey

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Author: Sheila Burnford

9780099582786 | PB | pp. 176 | 2013 | Vintage

The Hunter children must go abroad for the summer. Their three pets being left behind go on an incredible journey to seek their masters.

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The Hunter children must go abroad for the summer, so they reluctantly leave their three pets in the care of a friend. But the faithful animals only know they must get home again, somehow. So the Labrador, the old bull terrier and the dainty Siamese cat set off on a perilous journey through the wilderness. But how will domestic animals fare against river rapids, hunger, icy temperatures and ferocious wild beasts? And if they make it home, will their owners be waiting for them?

Author:

Sheila Burnford

ISBN:

9780099582786

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

176

Year of Publication:

2013

Publisher:

Vintage

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

About the Author

The author was born on 11 May 1918 in Scotland, where she attended St. George’s School in Edinburgh. She married a doctor, David Burnford, in 1941 and worked as an ambulance driver during the Second World War. In 1951 she and her husband immigrated to Canada. They had three children and three beloved family pets. These animals inspired Sheila to write The Incredible Journey, which was published in 1961. Two years later Disney released a film adaptation and from that point Sheila’s book became a well-loved bestseller. In fact, the story was so popular Disney made another movie based on the book in 1993. This was called Homeward Bound, the Incredible Journey in this version the animals were given human voices and their names and characters were changed a little.

She wrote several books for adults about her experiences of living in Canada, travelling by dog-sled and watching narwhals (these are unusual sea mammals which look little bit like dolphins, except they have a long thin tusk in the centre of their heads, like a unicorn’s horn!). She also wrote a book called Bel Ria about a plucky dog travelling through Europe at the time of World War II. She died in England on 20 April 1984.

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