The classic story of the faithful English collie is retold in a greatly simplified, attractively illustrated version for younger children.
This adaptation of an enduring dog story was developed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the original. As the story opens, Lassie has come home to her owner, a boy named Joe. The beautiful collie had been sold to the local duke because Joe’s father is out of work and the family can’t afford to feed her. When Lassie is returned to the duke, he takes her far away to his estate in northern Scotland, but Lassie runs away again with some help from the duke’s granddaughter. The faithful dog returns to Joe, traveling hundreds of miles over several months. A happy ending ensues, with Joe and Lassie reunited for good and a job for the father. The simplified plot skillfully retains the drama of the dog’s bravery and devotion and conveys the difficult circumstances of the family. Large-format watercolor illustrations bring the Yorkshire village and countryside to life, with particularly appealing depictions of bright-eyed Lassie. A helpful map of England and Scotland on the book’s first page shows the journey that Lassie takes from northern Scotland back home to Yorkshire.
An irresistible treat for dog lovers. (Picture book. 4-8)