________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 7 . . . . November 24, 2006

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The Incredible Journey.

Sheila Burnford. Performance by Megan Follows.
New York, NY: Random House (Distributed in Canada by Random House Canada), 1960/1997.
3 hrs, 7 mins, 3 CDs, $21.00.
ISBN 0-307-28402-6.

Subject Headings:
Cats - Juvenile sound recordings.
Dogs - Juvenile sound recordings.

Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13.

Review by Cathy Vincent-Linderoos.

****/4

excerpt:

This journey took place in a part of Canada which lies in the northwestern part of the great sprawling province of Ontario. It is a vast area of deeply wooded wilderness -- of endless chains of lonely lakes and rushing rivers. Thousands of miles of country roads, rough timber lanes, overgrown tracks leading to abandoned mines, and unmapped trails snake across its length and breadth.

 

This edition of The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford is an unabridged oral reading of a Canadian classic with the narration by beloved Canadian actress Megan Follows. The novel is the timeless, fictional story of three pet animals -- Luath, Tao and Bodger -- who travel together across a great expanse of the Canadian wilderness in search of their owners.

     With the availability of this book on CD, teachers and parents are able to treat their students or car-bound children to a particularly enjoyable listening experience. Students, including those who are blind or have low vision and usually read braille text, will value the audio format as an interesting change. There is much to be learned through guided listening to this imaginative story of survival and animal camaraderie in which the well-developed characters of a Labrador retriever, bull terrier and Siamese cat are brought to life.

     Burnford's use of descriptive vocabulary throughout the book is rich and exemplary. Challenging as some of the words are, listeners will need only a cursory introduction to the occasional phrase or word. We are kept spellbound as Follows' nuanced, familiar voice weaves the suspenseful tale full of well-drawn images for the minds-eye. Each chapter begins and ends with a musical backdrop which particularly suits the content of the story at that point.

Highly Recommended.

Cathy Vincent-Linderoos is a retired teacher who lives in London, ON.

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