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
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
There's a thing that books do sometimes, where they make reference to things about the world in a sort of this-is-how-it-is-and-we-all-know-it sort of way where it feels like the author expects the reader to nod knowingly. I find it *very* difficult to read, especially when it refers to a world, or way of looking at...more
This is one of those books, I suspect, that you have to fall in love with as a kid, or a parent of a kid, because just reading it for the hell of it as an adult doesn't really connect you. Or maybe I just don't have a heart to be warmed, that's also possible.
I missed the boat on having this assigned to me when I was in elementary school, so I finally got around to reading it now as an adult. Honestly, one of the things that drove me crazy was that I had no idea what time period I was in. I k...more
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.”