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Old Yeller (Old Yeller #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  67,863 Ratings  ·  1,435 Reviews
At first, Travis couldn't stand the sight of Old Yeller

The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to Abilene.

Strong and courageous, Old Yeller proved that he could protect Travis's family from any sort of danger. But can Travi
Paperback, 181 pages
Published December 23rd 2003 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1956)
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Lina I agree with you two! It was really sad, though. The story broke my heart.
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Raegan Butcher
Jan 08, 2009 Raegan Butcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I love dogs and I'm a masochist.
Lynne King
Aug 12, 2013 Lynne King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Now Travis,’ he said, “you’re getting to be a big boy, and while I’m gone, you’ll be the man of the family. I want you to act like one. You take care of mama and Little Arliss. You look after the work and don’t wait around for your mama to point out what needs to be done. Think you can do that?”

“Yessir,” I said.

His father had to go away to get some “cash money” by selling his steer. But the boy wanted a horse. The upshot being that if he acted as a man when his father was away, he would be rewa
Sep 02, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brian by: Lynne King
This 1950s Pocket edition, purchased from a Sonoma used book store, presented today as a gift to my eight year old daughter (more on this later). After thanking me she asked me what it was about. I told her it's about a boy and his dog. She asked me if the dog dies. I told her he does, but that it is still a good book. She asked if I had read it. I told her I hadn't - only seen the movie. She asked me to read it for her first to make sure it wasn't too sad. She's on to me...

Our 14 year-old prota
Jackson Burnett
This review is for mothers and fathers of sons written by a man with no children. Forgive my presumptuousness, but please don't let my lack of experience stop you from reading.

Here's the story of Old Yeller: Daddy, Mama, young son, and early teenage son live as a family on the Texas frontier. To provide for the family, Daddy has to go on a cattle drive to Kansas. Before he leaves, Daddy takes the oldest son aside and tells him he is going to have to be the man of the house since Daddy will be g
I'm so glad I listened to this again. Fantastic narrator, perfect voice for the part.

I thought I remembered the book well, but I hadn't, not really. Too many years & too mixed up from seeing the movie, which changes some things. Super movie, but nothing beats the book.

Gipson perfectly captured a mature 14 year old, the kind of boy I'd expect given the times, post Civil War Texas, late 1860's. He wasn't always perfect, but that just made him more real. The feelings he had were very well done
Mike (the Paladin)
Let me say first that some love this book and to be fair I never read it except to get an idea of the story. You will find in my books low ratings for Black Beauty, The Yearling, Old Yeller and any books that have the "pain of life motif" in common. By the way this includes Cold Mountain. Look up my review and you'll see I try to give recognition that it's well written but just not a book I can like. And these ratings are how I feel and what I think of these books. Some will say how they love th ...more
Megan Campbell
Oct 25, 2007 Megan Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is the first book that ever made me cry. I would read it during my study period in the 4th grade each day for almost 2 weeks (it was my class copy-- so I had to keep putting it back and hoping no one else would take it). I held my tears back until the lunch bell rang and then ran for the bathroom to cry. It may have been the first time I realized how incredible it was to read.
Feb 09, 2014 kenneth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that this book is assigned in many elementary schools supports my belief that the government wants to discourage pleasure reading from the earliest possible age.
Mar 02, 2009 Whitney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good and really sad book i was crying at the end. It is about a boy named Travis living with his siter, alice and mom.Travis always wanted a horse to ride on but everytime the dad said, " when you are a man,".The dog came to the house one time and ate the meat they hunted for and lay down dirty and guilty. Travis made the dog go but Alice always said no and actually the mom makes thm keep the dog. They named it Old yeller because of its color.Travis started to like the dog and too ...more
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Jan 30, 2013 Sabrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! It had a very deep thesis, and the imformation inside this book was really deep. This book is mainly about friendship. I reconmand this book to people who likes to read about friendship, and I think this book is good for 5th grade and up, because this book is really deep. There is different emotion in this book, such as: happy, sad, frightened, and more. In this book Old Yeller was a very trustworthy dog, and Travis (the main character) is very responsible, because he helps hi ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Old Yeller is definitely a classic, I read it in the fifth grade and it's a well-written, unforgettable and original story, though incredibly depressing. The imagery, characters and scenery were what really made this book stand out.
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I still love this book about a boy and a dog he never wanted after losing his faithful old dog, Bell. He wanted a horse. His father promised that he'd get one after he returned from selling some cattle in Kansas. All Travis had to do is take care of his mother and his little brother, Arliss. Farm chores were a given. Then comes a mangy, ratty dog who steals eggs and such from them. He sees Arliss with the mutt at the trough. His mother suggests that the little boy will need a companion to play w ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Jul 15, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-08-12
Travis Coates is a 14-year-old boy, left alone to protect his mother and younger brother on his family's 19th-century Texas homestead. When his father goes on a trip leaving him to "act a man's part," he throws himself into his new responsibilities. But the challenges of feeding and protecting his family prove to be greater than his boy's abilities, and he comes to depend on and love the stray dog which adopts their family.

The story follows chapter after chapter of gritty, riveting and often fun
Marcia Brisson  Van Camp
My mother read to us constantly when we were young, and still enjoys reading to us as adults. When I was about 9 years old, we decided to read Old Yeller together. I cannot remember why we chose the book, but I believe it was new to both of us. It was a special time for me, as I had my mom all to myself in a busy house, and we both really enjoyed the story, characters, and the writing. I remember the ending, and I won't spoil it for those who may not be familiar with the tale. What I will say, i ...more
Ah. I read this back in the day. (third grade? i don't know.)

I was not a big fan of this book. It was mainly about a dog. (read my review of The Incredible Journey to understand)

I was not a very big fan of this book. In fact, I liked the Incredible Journey better, and that itself was not a book I liked.

That's just my opinion because I really am not the biggest fan of animals.
Abigail Cronk
Mar 05, 2016 Abigail Cronk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried so hard in this book. Be sure prepared to cry in this book.
Aug 08, 2015 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-reads
The end was pretty sad. Why did it have to be that way?
I think Old Yeller is a really good book. Even if it is kind of sad, I still think it is a really good book. The main characters in the book were Travis, Old Yeller, Arliss, and Mama. Travis' dad has left to deliver some cattle very far from home and wasn't going to be home anytime soon (months). So he left Travis, 14 yrs, to be "the man of the house". Travis was becoming a man every day. But one day he found a stray dog and little Arliss wanted to keep him. Travis did not like the stray dog at ...more
Chelsea K.
There are some classic books that slip through your fingers somehow and you're not exactly sure why you've never read them -- this was one of those books for me, so I decided to listen to the audio version, as I typically like to do with kids' classics I missed out on reading but still want to experience now, as an adult.

Old Yeller fits into a very well-established kid's book convention of animal-stories. It's possible that it's the most famous of this kind of book, and so I went into it knowin
Taylor Brazil
Jan 12, 2015 Taylor Brazil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Adam Blake
May 15, 2014 Adam Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this past month I have been reading this book and it was amazing. But it is one of those books you may need a box of tissues for. This book is a amazing book if you want some laughs and some cries. And though I didn't cry I'm sure some you will. This book has such a nice illustration and is very easy to picture in your head. I love the story in the book especially how the boy realizes not to let this one bad thing take up time when it could be spent doing good things. I don't know I just rea ...more
Samra Yousuf
Aug 21, 2016 Samra Yousuf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hm Old Yeller.........
i think i read it a long ago and wasn't sure i can recall the story wholly
i just happened to stop-by it today and well yes i remember it not wholly but a good much patch to plow my review on that...

Old Yeller is 1950s Edition a good pack of story written
much simple in style and grid.
a way poor family in Taxes scratching
their mark on highlands and a scoundrel yellow-skinned dog
hated by all.....
Travis the 14-aged boy is much more than his age he loves to earn hatred of animal
Nathan Kaczmarek
The book Old Yeller by Fred Gipson is about a big yellow dog. It takes place in Texas in the late 1860's. A 14 year old boy, Travis, is left in charge of the place, and his little brother Arliss when his dad goes on a cattle drive. Old Yeller comes along one day and steals there food, causing Travis to hate the dog. After a while though, he comes to like the dog. Yeller eventually comes around and helps out in a lot of ways. Old Yeller saved Arliss form a bear that was making out to attack him. ...more
3.5 stars. This is an easy, quick-reading book, and the story was nice. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to read a nice and easy English book :)
Dorothy Bandusky
Sep 19, 2015 Dorothy Bandusky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This disappointing novel starts off poorly and fails to recover.

In just the second paragraph, the author blatantly states what will befall several important characters later on. This seriously diminishes the reader's enthusiasm - they have not even turned one page yet already know the gist of what will happen in over one hundred.

Those hundred pages drag by as Travis' detached first-person account causes the reader to feel isolated from his story; they are listening rather than experiencing. But
Inger Faherty
Feb 19, 2016 Inger Faherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was in 5th grade, my teacher read this to the class. I remembered very little about it. I remembered the circumstances around the ending, and that the whole class cried - including the 5th grade boys. So I figured this must be a great book.

For the first half of the book, I *hated* the main character. He was a cocky, obnoxious young man who brutalized animals. But the development of his character was really wonderful, and by the end of the book I realized I was right, it really is a great
Hannah Whitaker
Mar 19, 2016 Hannah Whitaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old Yeller was about a dog who was hated by Travis, one of the main characters, but eventually becomes very loved. Little Arliss, Travis' younger brother finds Old Yeller. Travis first hates him because he ate the meat off a deer that he just shot. Then he was stealing food. Travis tries multiple times to convince Mama and Little Arliss to get ride of Old Yeller but it never works out. Travis thought that the dog was just always in the way. One day Arliss was in trouble and was almost killed by ...more
Book Concierge
Gipson’s simply told tale of a boy and his dog living in the Texas Hill Country of 1860 is a genuine classic of children’s literature. Travis Coates is only 14 years old, but while his father is off for months on a cattle drive, he is the “man of the house,” left on the homestead with his mother and younger brother, 5-year-old Arliss. A stray yellow mutt of a dog, with one ear virtually chewed off, and only a stump of a tail, shows up one day. He’s a no good, thieving rascal – taking their meat ...more
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“What I mean is, things like that happen. They may seem might cruel and unfair, but that's how life is a part of the time. But that isn't the only way life is. A part of the time, it's mighty good. And a man can't afford to waste all the good part, worrying about the bad parts. That makes it all bad” 38 likes
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