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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 schoolAvailable 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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ISBN : 9780440416968
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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The Trouble with Tuck Reviews

  • Kelly
    2019-06-05 07:04

    This was my FAVORITE book when I was young. I must've read it a hundred times, and I still have my original copy. It's about a girl and her dog, and their love for one another. I flipped through it recently, and it's not written in simple "kid's language". Adult dog lovers will be sure to love it, too!!

  • Lyn Belzer
    2019-06-15 06:52

    I ADORED this book as a kid. Helen's determination, not to mention the caring support she gets from the adults in her life, made this a book I read and reread until the book was in tatters. I would love to find a copy for my daughter when she's old enough.

  • Christie Tulloch
    2019-05-31 08:45

    The Trouble with Tuck was a brilliant story that really grabs your heart. I very much enjoyed this story.

  • Dannyd
    2019-06-15 01:47

    I think the trouble with Tuck is a great book. And that I would recomend it to people . The book The Trouble with Tuck is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooGood

  • Wayne Walker
    2019-06-09 04:00

    It is 1956, and thirteen-year-old Helen Ogden, who has thick glasses, braces, and frizzy hair, lives at 911 W. Cheltenham Dr., in the aging Montclair Park section of Los Angeles, CA, with her father, an engineer; mother, a teacher; two older brothers, Stan and Luke; and golden Labrador retriever named Friar Tuck Golden Boy, or just Tuck for short. In the three years that Helen has had Tuck, he has saved her life twice, once from an attacker while walking the dog in a fog-shrouded park and the other from drowning when she hit her head while diving in a friend’s swimming pool. But there is one “trouble with Tuck.” One day, Tuck goes to chase some cats out of the Ogdens’ back yard and runs right through the screen door as if he didn’t even see it. Their veterinarian, Dr. Douglas Tobin, tells the Ogdens that Tuck has developed retinal atrophy, or the disintegration of both retinas; in other words, he is going blind, and there is no known treatment. What will happen to Tuck? Will he have to be put down? Will he be given for experimental purposes to the university at Davis where researchers are working hard on retinal atrophy? Will Helen just run away to her Uncle Ray’s cabin at Lake Angeles and take Tuck with her? Or is there another possible option? Author Theodore Taylor, who also wrote the bestselling novel The Cay, based his story about Tuck and Helen on true events. As to language issues, Luke refers to Tuck as “Poopy,” and Helen’s mom uses the interjection “Lordy” once, but there is neither cursing nor outright profanity. Not even any common euphemisms are found. One thing that I did notice is that Helen, who narrates the story, says that when she learned of Tuck’s problem she prayed for the first time in a long time and that while she had done a lot of double finger crossing in her lifetime, she had not done much praying. This would seem to imply that the Ogdens were not a very religious family. Also, Helen doesn’t always tell the truth to her parents as she tries to figure out what to do about Tuck. But in general, the book is well-written and pleasant to read. Dog lovers will especially enjoy it. So many children’s books about dogs end with a lot of sadness, but this one concludes with triumph and joy. Also, it is good to see Helen’s own growth in self-confidence from being shy and feeling ugly as she learns how to handle the “trouble with Tuck.”

  • Jody
    2019-06-21 02:47

    Loved it, obviously, 5 stars. And hey, I'm well enough to read again. And I have time to read at the moment. And...this is my 19th Battle of the Books book for the 2015-2016 school year. One to go--and that's the shortest, because I started to read them longest to shortest just in case things ended up like this--I wanted the books to go faster and faster as I went along. Do you have any quirky little reading habits like that?Anyway, I loved this book because it's based on a true story. It's refreshingly real and honest. The character has a loving family and good home, but she's honest with herself about her skinny bird legs, freckles, braces, and glasses. Everyone goes through that sort of thing to some extent, but it's not like she started doing drugs or cutting herself. She's a real, human, normal thirteen year old girl.I love that this girl developed stamina. She kept trying different problem-solving strategies. She put a lot of effort into this dog. Nothing was easy. And yet, she triumphed. Even her parents and the vet thought she had fought hard enough, but she kept her focus on her goal--what she thought was best for her dog. I think kids today are somewhat afraid of hard work (or they've never been taught). They give up too easily. It has a lot of real-life applications, in my humble opinion. And it's only 107 pages. I would suggest it to any fifth grader of mine.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-15 09:57

    I remember seeing this book on an episode of Reading Rainbow and racing to the library to check it out. The rest of my classmates went to ask the librarian, but I emerged, victorious, after going straight to where it was shelved. What can I say? I am a competitive reader.These days, I have only one thing I'd like to say in response to this book:PUT.YOUR.DOG.ON.A.#@&$ING.LEASH.Har har, so cute, your dog's got free run of the neighborhood, so sweet, he comes home every time. "But I can't leash him! It's cruel!" and "He tears up the house when I try to confine him! He's meant to roam free!"My dogs have been attacked twice by other dogs in the past three months. Both times, the owners were standing right there. Our dogs were leashed. Theirs were not. DOGS ARE ANIMALS. THEY ARE WONDERFUL, BUT THEY ARE ANIMALS. THEY WILL REACT INSTINCTIVELY, WHETHER AGAINST ANOTHER DOG OR A CHILD. Leashing your beloved pets not only protects others, but protects them, too. I know what it's like to have a dog put down because of his "instinct" to lunge or bite or protect (or whatever was going through his head that day). I can tell you it is one of the worst things I have ever experienced.Love your dogs. Leash your dogs.

  • Laura Verret
    2019-06-18 08:10

    Helen is not a confident girl. She’s not a pretty girl either. Her knobby knees and puggy nose are the torment of her life and have kept her locked in a state of insecurity and non-assertiveness. That is, until Tuck came.When her father first brought Tuck home, he was a wriggling ball of Labrador cuteness. Now, he is a massive, solid, and courageous dog who loves Helen to death. She loves him with an equal ferocity, and is grateful to him for his friendship, which has finally helped her past her timidity. But all is not well with Tuck.Helen first noticed the change the day he burst through the screen door to get to the cats outside. Then she noticed his increasing clumsiness, his tendency to bump into things. When Helen bring him to the vet, her fears are confirmed; Tuck is going blind!What can they do to help poor Tuck? Will he be able to adjust to his new lifestyle? Or will they be forced to put him down?Visit The Blithering Bookster to read the rest of my review (with both praises and cautions). http://blitheringbookster.com/home/20...

  • Kristy
    2019-06-05 03:07

    Great Book about a Dog and a little Girl.

  • Gale
    2019-06-22 06:41

    SEEING-EYE GIRL SEEING WITH HER HEART!In this touching story 13-year-old Helen dedicates months of frustation and hope to resolve a canine crisis: her beloved 3-year-old lab, Friar Tuck, is going blind. As the various "solutions" proposed by caring and intelligent adults all prove unacceptable to this desperate young lady, she quietly decides to defy the System. Her goal: to keep her loyal companion alive, at home and free-roaming. Based on an actual incident in California this story reaches across generations and lovers of pets species, to remind us of the meaning of loyalty, devotion and creative conflict resolution--even tough love. You don't have to be a dog lover to appreciate Helen's pain, or applaud her defiance of grim reality. "It's never been done before," is no excuse! When the principals involved truly have Heart, there Is a way after all. For kids 10-15 and pet lovers of all ages.(March 17, 2011. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)

  • Cathy
    2019-06-07 05:57

    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.

  • Brenda Wharton
    2019-06-16 03:07

    Helen watches her beloved dog, who saved her life twice, starting to struggle with his vision. She wants to help him, but there is no cure for his eye disease. How will she be able to help her dog?

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-05 09:45

    This is a touching story of a girl whose beloved Labrador, Tuck, looses his sight. Helen refuses to give up and impose a life tethered by a chain on her dog. She finds a school for seeing eye dogs, and makes an appointment for her parents. They indulge her and take her to meet a lady at the school. This woman is so touched by Tuck and his family she eventually gives a dog to them to try as a guide for Tuck. After endless practice, creativity, and patience, Helen achieves her goal, and Tuck can roam with his new pal and eyes, Daisy, forever chain-free. This story warms the heart and instills hope. Animal and especially dog lovers will appreciate the book. Its largest audience will be late elementary and middle school students.

  • Erin
    2019-05-31 05:59

    Trouble with Tuck is a good book. It is a book about a dog that is turning blind. They talk about getting Tuck put down. But the girl does not want to and gets very sad. In a couple of weeks she does not ask her parents and calls a place with helping dogs. When they got there they could not get a helping dog. Awhile later, the person they asked, told them to come back and they got a dog.By; Aryn

  • Emily
    2019-06-09 04:49

    This is a good book. I was torn between two and three stars, but the two star attributes are things I can see past. The book was written in the early '80s and takes place in the '50s. Thus, the subtle sexism and Beaver Cleaver vibe make sense. The family is also fanatical about this dog, but then again, he's a purebred they paid money for and they're a well off family living in California. Taylor's descriptions of the dog and a few lines of wisdom are priceless and make this a great read for young people (no older than elementary school) who like dogs or need a self-esteem boost.

  • Shashank
    2019-06-06 09:55

    An emotional journey of a pet and it's owner. Makes you cry. Makes you happy. It gives you the amazing feel of the bondage between the owner and the dog. You are to read it if you are a pet lover and you have to read it if you are not, because I promise you will become a pet liver after reading the book.

  • Jones
    2019-06-20 07:10

    This is an older book and the cover is really out-dated, but it was great!! I'm not sure if I could even find a copy of the book- I read it as an e-book from the library. It's worth finding it, especially if you are an animal lover! Tuck, the adorable dog on the cover, ends up going blind. This is the story of how the dog's family (his owners) deal with it.

  • Jennifer Priester
    2019-05-26 01:52

    A very good story about a blind dog that gets a guide dog of his own. This was actually the first book I ever read about either a blind dog or a guide dog so at the time I read this book, it was especially interesting for me. This book focuses on the challenge of a blind dog as well as how the dog adapts to having a guide dog. This book is perfect for dog lovers of all ages.

  • Sonya
    2019-06-08 06:45

    The passion of this thirteen-year old girl to overcome any obstacle to help her dog who is going blind, builds confidence that her appearance and lack of abilities did not.Her struggles in problem-solving and training her dog, to protect him from himself, show the inner turmoil and external support of her family.A heart-warming story that will encourage and inspire.

  • Hailey
    2019-05-28 04:44

    My favorite book since I was eight. This is the true story about an awkward girl and her big yellow dog. Helen fights to save Tuck from a life on a chain after he goes blind, and finds a remarkable way to save him---a seeing eye dog.

  • Corinne Wilson
    2019-05-26 08:06

    Story of a girl who teaches her beloved dog, who has recently become blind, how to walk alongside a seeing eye dog. Set in the 1950's, very dated language, big focus on the awkward tween girl gaining confidence/believing she is beautiful after training her dog.

  • Chelsea
    2019-05-27 07:02

    This was my favorite book as a child; I read it every summer, as well as the sequel when I discovered it. The love between Helen and her pup is something I have always wanted and needed. This book will always have a special place in my heart.

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-01 05:59

    I read this book as a child multiple times and considered it one of my favorites. I love the beautiful depiction of love and loyalty between an owner (little girl, which I identified with at the time) and her dog. Very beautiful, moving story.

  • Nat
    2019-05-29 06:58

    it was so bad i hated it sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooomuch i NEVERRRRRRRRRR want 2 read it again

  • Ismelina
    2019-06-20 07:52

    Best things in my childhood were reading, riding my bike, eating fishballs, Barbie dolls, and having a dog. I got to read this book as a child, and to this day, I would still remember it. It's very, very touching. It has the elements that make a great story and gives a valuable lesson too.

  • Gll
    2019-06-03 04:45

    This book was a great book. I really wanted a dog and i read this book to perswade my parents off getting me a dog, and it worked!!! I am so happy and greatful for a dog. Animal lovers all age will love this book as much as i did!!!

  • Ellie
    2019-06-06 04:47

    This book was hard to get in to, but once I started it, I really enjoyed it. What I like best about this book is that one girl halps her dog to "see" by giving him a seeing eye dog. It's a very sad book, although it has its funny moments.

  • Aubrey Scott
    2019-06-17 08:58

    The very first book that piqued my interest in Guide Dogs, a career field I now plan on going into. This book is, yes, suited for upper elementary school, but still a good read for any age. I loved it and I'm sure once I read it again I will love it more.

  • Dana
    2019-06-22 09:50

    This book was on my list for our Battle of the Books competition. I don't usually like stories about dogs. But this was more about a girl never giving up and gaining confidence. For me, it was a quick read. It could be a great read for some of my struggling 5th graders.

  • Gina
    2019-06-18 08:02

    This is a really cute story about 13-year-old Helen, who realizes that her dog Tuck is blind. She doesn't give in, and ends up training a retired guide dog to guide Tuck. This is a really cute book, and I liked it just as much as when I read it as a young child.