Title: The Trouble With Tuck
Author: Theodore Taylor
Published: 1981 (Dell Yearling)
Helen loved her dog Tuck from the moment he was placed in her arms as a puppy. A loyal dog who was her best friend and protector, the two of them went on many adventures together. But then, Tuck started going blind at 4 years old, no longer chasing the neighborhood cats and dogs. So now, it’s up to Helen to take care of her friend, even if it means getting another dog to help her.
What I Think
I first read this book when I was in fifth grade when my teacher read it to the class. I thought it was a wonderful read, especially since the story featured a lovable Labrador. Remembering the title of it (at last!) years later, I decided to buy the book and re-read it again for myself. Needless to say, I thought the story was as sweet as the first time I read it. Certainly, it’s not going to win any awards and shows the simplistic storytelling of its time, but I think it’s a good read for those who have pets in their lives and would do anything to help them, even if it means helping him with blindness. Some people would criticize the idea that the book is advocating that dogs should be allowed to wander the neighborhood at well, but I think the more important moral of the story is that you don’t give up on your pet, even if he becomes ill and can’t do the things he once did. I wouldn’t have a problem reading this book again or having my (future) children read it.