Where the Red Fern Grows
A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn, Little Ann had the brains -- and Billy had the will to train them to be the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. And close by was the strange and w...more
I think that a book that inspires someone to violence in the 4...more
Reading this book as an adult on the other hand, there were several things that...more
I don't remember much about this book. I remember that I most gave a shit about dogs. I wouldn't have cried (sorry if this is a spoiler! but not sorry enough not to post it. Unless a dog reads this and is upset) over Bridge to Terebitha and a...more
What most people do not know is that this classic tale of a boy and his hun...more
Regardless of that, this is still one of my all-time favorite books. It does a great job of portraying loyalty, stamina, work-ethics, and love at a level that children and adults can understand and...more
Clear as a bell I remember the night I finished it, right before (or quite after, as was more lik...more
The dogs die. WHY do they always do this to dogs in children's books? to quote Gordon Korman's delicious farce, No More Dead Dogs "the dog always dies. Go to the library and pick out a book with an award sticker and a dog on the cover. Trust me, that dog is going down." For those sick of getting attached to lovable animals just to have them die in AGONY, try Kate DiCamillo's...more
I finished today and it was great; sad, of course, but I knew it would be. It was one of those books that makes me wish I could have known the main character and lived in his world. I wonder what kids who have to read it for school think of it.
Praying that they don't make me read the saddest part out loud to the students. I have a very firm childhood memory of my parents reading this book out loud to my brothers and I and having to trade off who read that section for all of the tears being shed over it.
Finished reading the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. A boy's love of hi...more
I thoroughly enjoyed most of this story. The writing is engaging; the subject matter is interesting and novel to a city-girl like me.
Billy, our protagonist, is great! He works so hard to earn money in order to buy his beloved hounds. Then we follow along as he trains them into an amazing pair of hunting dogs. This is the overwhelming bulk of the book, and this part is quite well-written. Billy has strength and depth of character. I enjoyed all his int...more
The novel does not have any illustrations within the book, except for the...more
Rawls was an American born writer who became known for Where the Red Form Grows. Rawls was never formally educated as he was forced to leave middle school due to the Great Depression. Rawls used books given to him by his grandmother as a way to teach himself how to read and write.
Rawls writes in a way that appeals to all age groups. Where the Red Fern grows is written in such a way that children and adults can both find enjoyment. The book also wraps up t...more
|This is listed on Goodreads as a book that let its copyright expire, but thats untrue||1||21||Oct 29, 2013 06:28PM|
But the Great Depression hit the Unites States in 1929, and Rawls left home to find work. His family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1935, and he came home each fal...more
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I looked at his grave and, with tears in my eyes, I voiced these words: "You were worth it, old friend, and a thousand times over.”