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The Trouble with Tuck: The Inspiring Story of a Dog Who Triumphs Against All Odds [Paperback]

By Theodore Taylor (Author)
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Item description for The Trouble with Tuck: The Inspiring Story of a Dog Who Triumphs Against All Odds by Theodore Taylor...

Helen and her dog, Friar Tuck, are inseparable for three years, but as Tuck begins going blind, Helen trains him to trust in his own seeing-eye dog.

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Available for the first time in a Yearling edition, the classic, inspiring story of a dog who triumphs against all odds, by the bestselling author of "The Cay."
Helen adored her beautiful golden Labrador from the first moment he was placed in her arms, a squirming fat sausage of creamy yellow fur. As her best friend, Friar Tuck waited daily for Helen to come home from school and play. He guarded her through the long, scary hours of the dark night. Twice he even saved her life.
Now it's Helen's turn. No one can say exactly when Tuck began to go blind. Probably the light began to fail for him long before the alarming day when he raced after some cats and crashed through the screen door, apparently never seeing it. But from that day on, Tuck's trouble--and how to cope with it--becomes the focus of Helen's life. Together they fight the chain that holds him and threatens to break his spirit, until Helen comes up with a solution so new, so daring, there's no way it can fail.

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The Trouble with Tuck: The Inspiring Story of a Dog Who Triumphs Against All Odds by Theodore Taylor has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1150
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 531

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Yearling
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 9, 2000
Publisher   Yearling
Age  9-12
ISBN  0440416965  
ISBN13  9780440416968  

Availability  23 units.
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More About Theodore Taylor

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! THEODORE TAYLOR is the author of many acclaimed books for young people, including The Cay, Timothy of the Cay, and, most recently, The Boy Who Could Fly Without a Motor. Hello, Arctic! is his first picture book. Mr. Taylor lives in Laguna Beach, California.
MARGARET CHODOS-IRVINE's vivid, innovative art has appeared on many book jackets and in several picture books, including Buzz and Apple Pie Fourth of July. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Theodore Taylor lived in Laguna Beach, in the state of California. Theodore Taylor was born in 1921 and died in 2006 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Corporate-Tech Planning.

Theodore Taylor has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cape Hatteras Trilogy
  2. Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent
  3. Great Episodes (Paperback)
  4. Laurel-Leaf Books

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A must-have for animal lovers!  Feb 5, 2008
Whoever said that dogs were man's best friend was sadly mistaken. Sure, men can truly benefit from the friendship of a canine; but canines can also change the life of a female - drastically. Especially when his name is Friar Tuck, and it's up to you to protect him from the cruel world that has suddenly fallen upon him.

Helen was just nine-years-old when her father came home with a chubby, wriggling, golden furball. A Labrador that was just for her, to hopefully help her to come out of her shell a bit. As a child with coke-bottle glasses, braces, and frizzy hair, it was no wonder that Helen suffered from self-esteem issues, and it was her parents belief that a new friend to take care of would help her adjust to the world. Quickly christened Friar Tuck - after a character in Robin Hood - Helen doted on the handsome Lab. He awaited her arrival from school, spent all night standing watch over his precious girl, and even put his own life on the line two different times, just to rescue Helen from daunting, life-threatening situations. He was Helen's knight-in-shining-armor no matter what. Now, however, it is time for Helen to repay the favor, and act as Tuck's knight-in-shining-armor. His personal cheerleader. His guide through the dark shadows. Now 1956, thirteen-year-old Helen is forced to face the greatest challenge of all: coming to terms with Tuck's deteriorating eyesight. No one is quite sure when Tuck began to go blind, but the light likely began to fail for the three-year-old playful canine long before he crashed through the screen door while chasing some howling cats. From then on, Helen and her family are thrust into attempting to cope with Tuck's new handicap, and assisting him in adjusting to the new challenges he will surely be encountering. Helen, however, is affected the most. Tuck brought her out of her private bubble, and made her much more confident, and she is determined in doing the same for him. Together, Helen and Tuck work alongside one another to change Tuck's world forever as they know it, and turn the current tragedy into a triumph for the whole family.

As the proud owner of a blind cat, and a cat with one eye, I always find it fascinating to indulge in stories that discuss characters who are owned by animals with disabilities, which is why THE TROUBLE WITH TUCK instantly appealed to me. Theodore Taylor has done a wonderful job of weaving a story that is simple, and easy to follow, yet unique, and impossible to put down. Helen is a delightful character, whose compassion and determination to assist Tuck in leading a normal life is refreshing, and remarkable; while Tuck's ability to smile in the face of adversity, and face every new challenge head-on, makes the pair awe-inspiring and lovable. A must-have for animal lovers!

Erika Sorocco
Freelance Reviewer
Virginia 5th graders review The Trouble with Tuck  Aug 4, 2006
Our summer school class just finished reading this fun book. It is about a thirteen year old girl named Helen and her dog, Tuck. Helen and her family live in California in the 1950s. The trouble mentioned in the title is that Tuck, a Labrador Retriever, is losing his sight. Helen does not want to give Tuck away because he has saved her life twice! Even though he starts to act strange, Helen knows that there is a way to help him. Want to find out how? Read the book!

I would recommend this book to other kids. In the book, Tuck inspires Helen to have more confidence as she tries to save his life. This helps me to remember to never give up! This book reminds me of when my dog saved my cousin when she fell in the pool. A funny part in the book happened when Tuck went through the screen door. This book was a good combination of comedy and adventure with some tragedy mixed in to keep it interesting. In my opinion, Theodore Taylor wrote a great book but the ending was a little boring. I hope you read this memorable novel.
Great book at a great price!  Mar 10, 2006
My sister recommended this book to me, and, surprisingly, it's difficult to find in our local bookstore. Therefore, I was happy to see that it was available on this I love the story about the little girl and her dog, and, if you're an animal lover, this book is definitely a must-read for all ages!
'Tuck' shows no sign of imagination  Aug 27, 2005
Why do people write books so uninspired and idiotic such as this one? And why do they think kids will like them? "The Trouble With Tuck" tries to be heartwarming but never succeeds. There's a fork, but no meat.
The book is filled with gravity-defying life-saving stunts performed by the blind dog to save his dear Helen, which does absolutely nothing to the story but prove that it's a smart dog. There's another thing: the dog is BLIND. HELLO. Did the author do any research? Dogs have mediocre eyesight as it is. Going blind would not put them at a risk of death.
I read this is in the fifth grade for school. Yes, our teacher was that stoned.
The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor  Feb 28, 2005
In The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor, Tuck bursts through the screen door chasing after some cats. He apparently never saw the door this one hot day in August. This is the start of the story of how Helen and Tuck fight the struggles that tie Tuck down and threaten to break his courage, until Helen comes up with a plan. Although I have never been to California, Theodore Taylor makes me feel like I have.

Helen is one of the reasons I love this book. Even though she is shy and ugly, she would give up anything to help Tuck. I feel that there is a special bond between Helen and Tuck, which cannot be broken. Helen comes up with a plan that cannot go wrong in her mind.

Helen's brothers, Luke and Stan, make fun of Helen and say she whistles a lot. Then Tuck comes into Helen's life, and things begin to change. Tuck seems to help Helen overcome her shyness, and Helen stops whistling. Tuck saves Helen's life twice, and now it's Helen's turn to help Tuck.

Mr. Ishihara sells vegetables at Montclair Park and encourages Helen to follow through with her ideas. He gives Helen a brilliant idea that will change her life forever. Mr. Ishihara is another reason why I liked The Trouble with Tuck because he is encouraging and helpful.

The characters in The Trouble with Tuck remind me of people who live with you and me. Stan and Luke make fun of Helen, just like your family probably does too. Theodore makes the characters seem so real. When Helen whistled, someone in her family would shout, " `Will you stop it, Helen?' or `Helen, go whistle in you room!' ".

I like many things about The Trouble with Tuck. I like how the author makes the characters seem like people I know and how the events in this book are well described. I also like how the author, Theodore Taylor, makes Helen and Tuck have a special bond. I enjoy reading how Tuck and Helen are best friends.

Although I like many things about The Trouble with Tuck, I dislike a few things. I don't like how the author jumps from present day to past and back again. This isn't my style because I like stories that are in order. Although Helen comes up with the plot, I don't like how Mr. Ishihara helps her to solve the plot. I also don't like how Helen's grades are starting to slip because she's focusing more on Tuck than school. Even though I dislike some things in this story, it's still a good book.

Theodore Taylor also wrote The Cay, a book about a boy that goes blind. When I found out that Tuck went blind, I immediately thought Taylor writes all of his books about blind people or animals. This, however, is not true. I just happened to read two books by him that have blind people or animals. Taylor now lives in California, where this story takes place. Some of the events the author has gone through have affected the book.

The main part of The Trouble with Tuck is about blind dogs and how to help them. If you like to help dogs, this would be a good book for you because the main focus is on Tuck, a blind dog. That's why The Trouble with Tuck is such a good book.

This book was written in 1981, which wasn't that long ago. The story could still take place today. If you had a dog that went blind, you could do exactly what Helen did, but I'm not going to tell you what Helen did because you have to read the book.

I love this book and encourage anyone to read it. Helen loves her dog from the second she sees him, and now he goes blind. Helen comes up with a plan that she thinks cannot go wrong, but can it? That's up to you to figure out the plot.

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