by Tom Hendry
White Fang, by Jack London
White Fang was the book of my childhood. I don't have a great memory for many things in my younger days, but this book is one of the few things that I do remember.
White Fang was a survivor. He had to be. A young wolf cub growing up in a harsh environment having to defend himself constantly against the other wolfdogs who hated him. This persecution turned him into the strong, intelligent and cunning alpha male that he eventually became.
I believe, in a way, he became a symbol to kids like me who could associate with some of the struggles and challenges in his life. He was above all a survivor.
The story of White Fang is also inspirational to me because I now know that the most powerful force in the known universe is inside every one of us - the human spirit and in the case of White Fang
- the animal spirit.
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Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard
I never had pets, was a girl and lived in town, but I was fascinated by all of the Kjelgaard dog books (Big Red is the first title that comes to mind).
As I read, I found them interesting and enjoyable -- it was a different world from the one I knew. It was decades later that I realized the profound and lasting effect these books had on my life. They influenced my attitudes and choices -- all for the better. The books are not as readily available today, but they are still wonderful.