~I received Lassie Come-Home for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
As a child I LOVED watching the TV series Lassie (reruns of course). I grew up calling collies Lassie dogs. The show was beloved by all but not many people are aware that this classic story was first published as a short story in the Saturday Evening Post in 1938. I am a librarian and had no idea…for shame! I have recently learned that the story was so popular that Mr. Knight expanded it into a full-length book, which was published in 1940 and instantly became a best seller. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the original book now comes a picture book with a fresh look just right for a new generation of dog lovers to enjoy.
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has adapted the original story into a charmingly illustrated picture book, Lassie Come-Home, so that the earliest readers can enjoy this classic too! Written by Susan Hill and illustrated by Olga & Aleksey Ivanov the story is toned down for young children but still shows the love between a boy and his dog. The boy’s father has sold the beloved dog to the Duke because times in England are extremely tough and they can’t afford to feed the family let alone a dog. Lassie keeps escaping and coming back to Joe but the Duke finally takes Lassie all the way to Scotland over 400 miles away by road. The book shows how Lassie escapes again and makes the long journey over the course of many months to get back to the boy he loves so much. The illustrations are truly magnificent and help little children to fully enjoy the classic story. Lassie is a cultural phenomenon and this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate this beloved hero on her literary birthday.