Hello, I’m so amazed that this story has such a following and organization. I first read the story in the early 1960’s at 11 years old. That book was a reprint in the popular size of the day but has been lost in several moves that were made. As a young adult browsing a second hand store, I found an older edition of it (60 to 70 years old, small hardback).

Recently searching the Web I discovered a movie was made of “Beautiful Joe”. I drive a truck cross country with “Jake-Brake Jaci Mac Doodle Poodle” (4 year old Toy Poodle). Beautiful Joe remains today my favorite story as with Lad of Sunnybrook Farm.
— God Bless, Nancy McFadden Fair winds and following seas.