Incredible Journey Author:Shelia Burnford Although THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY focuses almost completely on the adventures of three pets (a young Labrador retriever, an elderly bull terrier, and a middle-aged Siamese cat), this story is different from many children's books about animals because the creatures are never overly anthropomorphized or given the ability to speak -- either to hu... more »mans or each other. True and devoted friends, the pets clearly care for each other (and their human companions), but the author takes great pains to present them as animals -- animals that remain true to their natural instincts and behaviors.
The story begins with the pets living with John Longridge, a friend of their human family, the Hunters, because the Hunters have temporarily relocated to England. The animals are treated well by Longridge, but they are unable to ignore their natural instincts, and eventually set out for their original home. As the trio travels the 250 miles of Canadian wilderness that separates Longridge's home from that of the Hunters, they face starvation, illness, and attacks from other animals.« less
This is the one book I completely remember reading in childhood - it was a wonderful story and I highly recommend it to any parent wanting a "clean" and very engaging book for their child - I think age 10 is a perfect age to read this book. I remember I cried, laughed and really felt like I was there.