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Finding Gobi (Younger Readers edition): The true story of one little dog’s big journey Paperback – 1 Jun 2017
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“Join the almost too-good-to-be-true story of hope, friendship, and beating incredible odds” Thomas Nelson
“This is the kind of book that young readers absolutely love” Andrea Reece, LoveReading4Kids
About the Author
Dion Leonard is an Australian who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has competed in some of the world’s toughest ultra marathons across inhospitable landscapes including running across the brutal Moroccan Sahara desert twice in the 250km Marathon Des Sables and twice across South Africa's Kalahari Desert. Dion's latest race across the Gobi Desert in China turned out to be extraordinary. He fell in love with a stray dog that followed him during the week, changing both of their lives forever.
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I had 5 copies of the young readers edition sent from the UK to Pennsylvania so my sister (a teacher) can use them in her classroom. They arrived quickly.
I loved the parts of the story told from Gobi's perspective. The book has good themes for children, especially about friendship & kindness.
My sister & I were thrilled to meet Dion, Lucja (his wife), & Gobi in NJ. They are kind & Gobi is truly magical.
This John O'Donahue quote reminds me of Dion & Gobi's story: "Your Anam Cara (soul friend) always accepts you as you truly are, holding you in beauty and light....The Celts believed that forming an Anam Cara friendship would help you to awaken your awareness of your own nature and experience the joys of others."
The True Story of One Little Dog's Big Journey
By Dion Leonard
Let me start out by saying LOVE IT! This is one of the best dog books ever and that in part is due to the fact that Gobi does not die. All too many pet books that are true have an unhappy ending because the beloved pet dies or the person to whom the pet has bonded has died.
This book is written for middle-grade readers and I believe that third graders who have advanced to chapter books that are just under 200 pages. There may be a few words that will need grown-up help (such as names that may be unfamiliar) but not too many. The story is told from the perspective of both Gobi and Dion, the runner to whom Gobi picks as her person.
Gobi joins a group of runners on the second day of a race. But this isn't an ordinary race that most people would take part in - this race is 155-miles across a desert, rocky terrain, and rivers. Along the way Gobi manages to find a way into Dion's heart and by so doing this changes both their lives in ways never to be expected.
This is a story of loyalty and commitment that will touch the reader's heart as Gobi and Dion are separated just when the way for them to be together permanently is smoothed out. And this difficulty will lead to yet another journey - one that will be a search for the little dog who captured his heart - a truly an incredible journey!.
If you love animals and dogs have a special place in your own heart you have to read Finding Gobi. Though this book is for young readers it able to be enjoyed by any age and would be an excellent family read-aloud choice. And as an added bonus towards the end of the book (page 140 - 141), there are 8 pages of photos highlighting Gobi with and without Dion.
I was provided a review copy of this book through BookLook bloggers with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Like the adult version, this book takes the reader from the Gobi desert race, to Dion's decision to bring Gobi home, to her getting lost when he went back to Scotland, to the arduous process of finding her and bringing her back to the UK.
I think that having the Gobi-oriented sections makes the book that much more emotional. When I read about the difficult events in the adult book, naturally I was almost moved to tears. But having the extra paragraphs retelling the scenes from Gobi's point of view really tugs at your heart.
This book will also provide many opportunities for discussion between young adults and their parents or educators. First of all, there is the geography lesson. This story takes place on two different continents, and starts off in Xinjiang, a unique province in northwestern China. The reader can also explore the differences between Western & Eastern cultures and governments. And, if so inclined, the reader can also learn about the sport of ultra-marathons.
In short, if you work with young adults, have young adults in your family, or are just a young adult at heart, this book is for you!!
This story is about Dion who runs in an endurance race through the Gobi desert. Here a little dog he named Gobi joined him on the run voluntarily and stayed with him throughout the race. He decides he is going to bring Gobi from China to live with him in Scotland.
So we begin the journey of bring Gobi home. However, it doesn't quite go as smoothly as they thought. The book takes you on the journey of Dion and Gobi and the relationship they established.
I can't recommend this enough. If you love dogs and need an uplifting story with twists and turns but a happy ending then give this a go. Enjoy!
*ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley*
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