When I was a young girl I LOVED to read. Reading was my favorite thing to do. In fact, I still have several of my favorite books from when I was a child. They are packed away, but I still cherish them very much.
I loved to read all kinds of books, but my favorite types (back when I was a kid) were books about animals. I loved to read books like Black Beauty, Misty of Chincoteague, Call of the Wild and Benji.
One of my all time favorite stories is celebrating it’s 75th Anniversary – Lassie Come Home by Erick Knight.
As a TV series beloved by all, not many people are aware that this classic story was first published as a short story in the Saturday Evening Post in 1938. 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.
I remember watching the series (in re-runs) and I had the book. I read it several times. I don’t know what ever happened to it. It’s not with my saved book collection.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has given this treasured middle grade novel an updated jacket and a brand new introduction by infamous dog lover and fellow MCPG author, Ann M. Martin.
The publisher sent me a copy of the special anniversary book to check out and enjoy. It’s beautiful!
I haven’t had the opportunity to start to read the book yet, but I have flipped through the pages and stop to read a passage or two. From what I can tell it appears to be the same exact book that I read as a child (bits and pieces of it sounds familiar to me).
I love the book’s cover art. It’s beautiful. It really captures this amazing dog and that is how I picture Lassie in my mind.
This would be a wonderful way to introduce this timeless classic to a whole new generation. If you have a child or grandchild who loves to read you should give them a copy of this book.
In addition, if you know someone who is a Lassie fan, or truly enjoys vintage/classic books, then the anniversary edition of Lassie Come Home would make a great gift.
Look for Lassie Come Home 75th Anniversary Edition where ever books are sold. I saw the book on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble to name a few.
For more information about Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group please visit www.US.MacMillan.com/MacKids.
Are you a fan of Lassie? Have you ever read this book?
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.