Lassie come-home / written for young readers by Rosemary Wells ; illustrations by Susan Jeffers.

Sold in financial desperation to a wealthy duke, a collie undertakes a 1000-mile journey in order to be reunited with her former master in Yorkshire.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Wells, Rosemary.
Other Authors: Jeffers, Susan, (Illustrator), Knight, Eric, 1897-1943.
Format: Book
Published: New York, N.Y. : H. Holt, c1995.
Edition:1st ed.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

``She was sable, black, and snow white. Her amber eyes lit up the face of anyone who looked into them.'' Eric Knight's heartfelt tale of the noble collie Lassie, first published in 1938, receives a worthy new incarnation as a picture book in this splendid collaboration between Wells (of Max and Ruby fame; see also the Edward the Unready books, reviewed below) and Jeffers (Brother Eagle, Sister Sky). After Joe's miner father loses his job, the family is desperate for money, and so Joe's father sells their beloved collie to a wealthy duke. Lassie, of course, escapes and returns to Joe repeatedly; when the duke removes Lassie from her native Yorkshire to his castle 1000 miles away in the Scottish Highlands, she finds her way home, all manner of perils notwithstanding. Wells artfully pares down the saga of Lassie's arduous year-long journey back to Joe's home while exposing the harsh conditions afflicing the poor (Joe despondently asks his father, "Is being a man choosing a few tins of milk over what loves you and needs you?"). Imparting the story's considerable emotion, Jeffers's watercolor, ink and pencil illustrations offer an authentic view of the terrain and people of Great Britain. Text and art are equally strong, meeting the high expectations held by the author's and illustrator's sizable following and doing justice to a classic story. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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