The Incredible Journey
Instinct told them that the way home lay to the west. And so the doughty young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese set out through the Canadian wilderness. Separately, they would soon have died. But, together, the three house pets faced starvation, exposure, and wild forest animals to make their way home to the family they love. The Incredible Journeyis one of the great children's stories of all time--and has been popular ever since its debut in 1961.
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Walt Whitman is America’s world poet. He celebrated democracy, nature, love, and friendship. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on what you know and have read, what does the term "migratory flyway" mean?
Personification is when an idea, object, or animal is given human traits. Here is a short video describing this term. (This annotation contains a video)
In the highlighted text, what literary term is the phrase "then drew his lips back over his teeth in an apologetic grin?"
The name "Bodger" is taken from an occupation. A bodger is a woodworker who works with hand tools. (This annotation contains an image)
Which phrase in the highlighted sentence is an example of personification?
The name "Luath" is an Old Irish word that means quick and nimble. (This annotation contains an image)
The name "Tao" is a Chinese spiritual concept that means path, route, or principle. Taoism often uses the yin and yang symbol below to talk about balance and connection. (This annotation contains an image)
What do the names of the pets tell you about the animals?
This highlighted paragraph describes the setting. Setting is a literary term that means time and place.
What is the setting for The incredible Journey?
In the movie version of The Incredible Journey, the scene with the bears happens a bit different. Here is a short portion of the film. (This annotation contains a video)
How was the bear fight different in the film version of The Incredible Journey from the scene you read in this chapter?
The Ojibwa are one of the largest groups of Native American and First Nations Peoples on the North American continent. In Canada, they are the second-largest population among the First Nations. The contemporary author Louise Erdich, pictured below, is Ojibwa. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the phrases from the highlighted sentence is an example of personification?
Carrier or messenger pigeons are used to carry messages. Using pigeons to carry messages is not as common as it once was, but it still occurs. (This annotation contains an image)
The phrase "sleek and fat as butter, complacent, and sleepy" in the highlighted sentence is an example of what?
The second sentence in the highlighted passage contains a simile. Similes and metaphors are types of figurative language. Here is a short video that describes these terms. (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted sentence contains a simile. Which of the following parts is the simile?
The word "Finnish" refers to something or someone from Finland. The Republic of Finland is a Nordic country bordered by Sweden, Norway, Russia and Estonia. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted sentence contains __________.
The narrator is the person or character who is telling the story. This literary term is an important element of all stories. (This annotation contains an image)
Who is the narrator in The Incredible Journey?
The fisher is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is a member of the weasel family. The fisher is closely related to but larger than the American Marten. (This annotation contains an image)
In the highlighted sentence, there is a metaphor. Which of the following phrases is the metaphor?
The plot of a story is the literary term for the action or main events that take place. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the plot of this story?
Dialogue is the talking that happens between characters in a story. - (This annotation contains an image)
The cornucopia, or horn of plenty, is a symbol of abundance and nourishment. Commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers, nuts, other edibles, or wealth in some form, it is particularly associated with the Thanksgiving holiday. (This annotation contains an image)
In the highlighted sentence, which of the following literary terms appear?
A mongrel or mutt is a dog that is not the result of breeding and belongs to no single breed of dog. For example, the dog pictured below has traits of at least three different dog breeds. (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think the animal trio will stay on the Mackenzie farm or will they continue on their journey? Why?
Tone and mood are important parts of a story. Here is a short video explaining these terms. (This annotation contains a video)
Has the mood of the book changed since the beginning? If so, how has it changed?
Windigo Lake is a lake in the Kenora District in Northern Ontario, Canada. It is situated at the end of the Northern Ontario Resource Trail. (This annotation contains an image)
What do you think happened to Tao, Luath, and Bodger?
The word "pandemonium" means a wild and noisy disorder or confusion. (This annotation contains an image)