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Sheila Burnford THIS JOURNEY took place in a part of Canada which lies in the On the eve of the incredible journey, towards the end of September. Fans of Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Shiloh will love this timeless classic about two dogs and a cat that embark on a journey to return to their. The Incredible Journey – Teacher's notes 1 of 3. Teacher's notes. LEVEL 3. Teacher Support Programme. Sheila Burnford. About the author and the movie.
He followed her back and forth between the cabin and the wood stove, the hen- house and the. He fol- lowed Reino and his work horse across the fields to the wood lot and perched on a newly felled pungent stump, his head following their every movement, and he curled by I he door of the stable and watched the man mending harness arid oiling traps. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Subjects Juvenile Fiction Juvenile Literature. Later, Burn ford's husband bought a Labrador retriever, and the trio was complete, Burnford was amazed at how well the three ani- mals got along. When Helvi left in the morning for the long walk and ride to the distant school the cal lay curled on the window sill among the geraniums, lit:
He turned and saw Helvi's anxious, questioning face close to his own, and beyond that her mother's. J, Js a drowned cat worth trying to save? He laid the cat down in a sunny patch by the wood stove and rubbed it vigorously with sacking, turning the body from side to side until the fur stood out in every direction and it looked like some disheveled old scarf Then, as he wrapped the sacking firmly around and her mother pried the clenched teeth open, ] lelvi pouted a little warm milk and precious brandy down I he pale cold throat.
She watched as a spasm ran through the body followed by a taitir cough, then held her breath in sym- pathy as the cat retched and choked convulsively, a thin dribble of milk appearing at the side of its mouth. Keino laid the straining body over iiis knee and pressed gently over the ribcage.
Ret no gave a slow smile of satisfaction and handed the bundle of sacking 1. She felt the oven, still warm though the fire had long died out, then placed ilu- cal on a tray inside, leav- ing the door open. When her mother went into the cabin to prepare supper and Re mo left to milk the cow, I lelvi sat cross-legged on the ground by Lhe stove, anx- iously chewing he end of one fair braid, watching and waiting.
Every now and then she would put her hand into the oven to touch the cat, to loosen the sacking or lo stroke the soft, fur, which was beginning to pulsate with life under her fingers. After half an hour she was rewarded: Presently under her gentle stroking, she felt a throuiv vibration, then heard a rusty, feeble purring. Wildly ex- cited, she called to her parents.
Within another half-hour the little Finnish girl held in her lap a sleek, purring, Siamese cat. By the time the Nurmi fam- ily were eating their supper around the scrubbed pine table, he had finished a bowl of chopped meat, and was weaving his way around the tabic legs, begging in Itis plaintive, odd voice for more food, Ins eyes crossed intently, his kinked tail held straight in the air like a banner, I lelvi was fascinated by him, and by his gentle- ness when she picked him up.
That night the Nurmis were having fresh pickerel, cooked in the old -country way with the head still on and surrounded by potatoes. Hclvi ladled the head with some broth and potatoes into a saucer and put it on the floor. Soon the fish head had disappeared to the accompaniment of pleased rumbling growls. The potatoes fol- lowed; then, holding down the plate with his paw, the cat polished it dean.
Satisfied at last, he stretched superbly, his front paws extended so that he looked like a heraldic lion, then jumped onto Helvi's lap, curled himself around and purred loudly. For the first time in her life Hclvi had a pet, llelvi carried die cat up to bod with her, and he draped himself with familiar ease over her shoulder as she climbed the steep ladder stairs leading Lip to Iter little room in the eaves. Late in the night she woke to a loud purring in her ear, and felt him treading a circle at her hack.
The wind blew a gust of cold rain across her face and she leaned over to shut the window, hearing far away, so faint that it died in the second of wind borne, sound, the thin, high keening of a wolf , she shivered as she lav down, then drew the new comforting warmth of the cat closely to iter.
When Helvi left in the morning for the long walk and ride to the distant school the cal lay curled on the window sill among the geraniums, lit: Nurmi as she moved about the cabin. Bui when she went outside with a basket of washing she looked back to see him stand- ing on his hind legs peering after, bis soundless mouth opening and shutting behind rite window.
She hurried back, fearful for her geraniums, and opened the door— at which he was already scratching— half expecting him to run.
Instead he followed her to the washing line and sat by the basket, purring.
He followed her back and forth between the cabin and the wood stove, the hen- house and the. When she shut him out once by mistake he waited pitifully. Nurmi was touched by his apparent need lor compimi unship: But her husband was not so easily deceived— he had noticed the unusual intensity in the blue eyes.
When a passing raven mocked I he cat's voice and he did not look up, then later sat unheeding in the stable to a quick rustle in the straw behind, Reino knew then lhai i lie cat was deaf. Carrying her schoolbooks and lunch pail, Helvi ran most of the wav home across the Fields and picked up the cat as well when he came to meet her. Me clung to her shoulder, balancing easily, while she performed the routine evening chores that awaited her.
Undeterred hv Ins weight she fed the hens, gathered eggs, I etched water, then sat at the table stringing dried mushrooms.
They sat, in their moment of rare relaxation, with the cat stretched out on Ids back at their fcet, and the child's soft voice, flowing through the dark austerity of i he cabin, carried t hem beyond the circle of' light from the oil lamp to the warmth and brightness of strange lands.
Anti at last they learned how these nobiv born Siamese acquired Uic kink at the end of their Uhls and bequeathed it to all their descendants.
And as they listened, I hey looked down in wonder, for there on he rag rug lay one of these, stretched out flat on his royal back, his illustrious tail twitching idly, and his jeweled eyes on their daughter's hand as she turned the pages that spoke of his ancestors— the guardian cals of the Siamese princesses. Each princess, when she came down to bathe in the palace lake, would slip her rings for safekeeping on the tail of her attendant cat.
So zealous in their charge, were those proud cats that they bent the last joim sideways for safer cus- tody, and in time the faithful tails became crooked forever, and their children's and their children's children. One after another the Nurmis passed their hands admiringly down the tail before them to fed the truth in its bent bony lip; then Helvi gave him a bowl of milk, which he drank with regal conde- scension before she carried him up the ladder to bed.
That night, and for one more, the cat lay curb'd peacefully in Helvi k arms, and in the daytime during her absence he fol- lowed her parents everywhere. He trailed through the bush after her mother as she searched for laic mushrooms, then sat on the cabin stops and patted the dropped corn kernels as slit: He fol- lowed Reino and his work horse across the fields to the wood lot and perched on a newly felled pungent stump, his head following their every movement, and he curled by I he door of the stable and watched the man mending harness arid oiling traps.
And in the late afternoons when Hclvi returned he was there waiting for her, a rare and beautiful enigma in the certain routine of the day. I le was one of them. But on the fourth night he was restless, shaking his head and pawing his ears, his voice distressed at her back. At last he lay down, purring loudly and pushed his head into her hand— the fur below his ears was soak- ing. She saw their sharp black triangles outlined against the little square of window and watched them flicker and quiver in response to every small night sound.
Glad for him in his new-found hearing, she fell asleep. When she woke, later in the night, aware of a lost warmLh, she saw him crouched at Lire open window, looking out over the pale fields and the tall, dark trees below. His long sinuous tail thrashed to and fro as Ire measured the distance to Lire ground. Even as her hand moved out impulsively towards him he sprang, landing with a soft thud.
She looked down and saw his head turn tor the First time to her voice, his eyes like glowing rubies as they caught the moonlight, then I urn away— and with sudden desolate knowledge she knew that he had no further need or her, Through a blur of tears, she watched him go, stealing like a wraith in the night to wa rd s the r i ver that ha d b ro ug hr him.
Click here. Subjects Juvenile Fiction Juvenile Literature. Fans of Old Yeller , Where the Red Fern Grows , and Shiloh will love this timeless classic about two dogs and a cat that embark on a journey to return to their owner and inspired the movie Homeward Bound. An inquisitive Labrador retriever, friendly bull terrier, and courageous Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness to find their owner in this truly "incredible" adventure.
Instinct tells them that the way home lies to the west and together the three house pets face hunger, the natural elements, and wild forest animals as they make their way home to the family they love. This beloved classic that inspired the movie Homeward Bound has captured the hearts of generations of readers. The lengths to which these three animals will go for each other and for their owner make for a thrilling and thoroughly unforgettable tale.
A tale of charm [and] high drama. A beautiful story so moving that it stays in the mind constantly. It is a gem to be treasured. Obviously the author has a great knowledge of animals and a great love for them. Juvenile Fiction Juvenile Literature.