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Old Yeller (Old Yeller #1)

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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 Tr

Paperback, 1st Perennial Classics Edition, 132 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published January 1st 1956)
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Lynne King
“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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Raegan Butcher
I read this book because I love dogs and I'm a masochist.
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
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
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
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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Megan Campbell
Oct 25, 2007 Megan Campbell rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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
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
Oct 19, 2014 Sebas5 added it
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
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
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.
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
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
Shanna Gonzalez
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
The book was a charming peice of work that describes the loving relationship of a boy and his dog.
The adventures that they go through while learning to love and accept eachother's strengths and weaknesses really move the plot along. The diction was straight on with an accurate interpretation of the story's setting. I was surprised at how long it actualy took me to read, I was hoping to polish it off within a few hours, but it took me a few weeks to read it, kind of a shame when I had all the pot
Darlina Tato
This book is about Travis whose dad goes to work far away and Travis is left with his mom and brother. One day while he is working in the Cornfield he sees a Black Mouth dog named Old Yeller. Travis doesn't want to take the dog but his brother convinces him to. One day Travis's brother Arliss playing with a baby bear and the baby bear mother almost kills him but Old yeller interfere and earns the affection of the family. Then the owner of the dog shows up and wants to take Old Yeller, but he rea ...more
I got this book on CD for me and Benson to listen to in the car. I thought we'd bond over this sweet dog story. After a chapter, I decided it was too politically UN-correct for my son! I know that sounds ridiculous, but... the 5-year old boy was hurling rocks at his brother. The 14 year old boy was throwing rocks at a dog. The 14 year old boy was kicking a dog and kept threatening to kill it. Shooting animals (for hunting and for fun) was a major part of the book. Also, the 14 year old boy was c ...more
I don't remember ever hearing or reading the book as a child, but I remember that we watched the movie in school. So now, as a teacher, I wanted my students to know that a good story does not always have a happy ending. I read the book and found that it was so much better than the movie (and noticeably different, too). I read the book to my students -- they were amazed by the descriptions, the adventure, and how simple yet complicated life was for the boys in the story. They cried... there were ...more
May 30, 2012 Chaz added it
young boy travis coates is left to take care of the family ranch with his monther and younger brother while his father goes on a cattle drvie when yellow mongrel comes to they family travies immedicatly adopts the dog and names it old yeller and they become best of friends and the rightful owner of the dog and the owner just gives the dog to them for a good home cook meal and old yeller gets rabies from an infected wolf by defending the family ,travis tries to nuture the dog back to health but j ...more
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson is about this kid named Travis and his brother Little Arliss find this dog, which they call Old Yeller. They're father is away, during all of this and fourteen year old Travis is "the man of the house". Travis doesn't like Old Yeller too much, he thinks the dog is useless. He gets in the drinking water, steals hog meat from the supply, and basically causes trouble.

One day, though Little Arliss takes to playing with a bear cub. The old mama bear goes to attack him when
Brenna Hobson
1. I decided to read this book because I read it several years ago and remembered it as being a good book, but couldn't really remember the story. I re-read it several weeks ago, and I found it just as sad as the first time I read it.

2. This book completes the following categories: A book with a male main character, a book that teaches you about a culture other than my own, a book recommended to me by a member of my family and a book which has been made into a film. *

3. The character I found mo
Matt Gulde
Reading aloud with the kids, I was fine until Travis's papa was talking to him about Old Yeller:

"That was rough," he said. "That was as rough a thing as I ever heard tell of happening to a boy. And I'm mighty proud to learn how my boy stood up to it. You couldn't ask any more of a grown man."

and then later, when his papa is trying to encourage a proper response to life's adversity:

"It's not a thing you can forget. I don't guess it's a thing you ought to forget. What I mean is, things like that
Joah Gomez
I loved the book. How the book described Old Yeller at first and all the things that he did i could see why Travis would hate the dog at first, but then as time goes on and Old Yeller shows how loyal he was to Travis and his family. This book played tricks with my emotions from the beginning all the way to the end and I think that that was the reason why I feel in love with this book. And also the feel that i got of a man best friend being a dog, and how i could really get to love a dog like Old ...more
Old Yeller is about a boy named Travis learning about the world and himself. He finds a dog that he first hates then loves after the dog saves Travis's family. Travis and Old Yeller become best friends that love eachother. One day, Old Yeller gets rabies after fighting with another animal. Travis has to decide between letting the rabies spread or putting down Old Yeller.

I loved the book. I liked that animals are displayed well through this book. The author has a descriptive style that helps conn
This book was so sad! Even though it had a sad ending the very last chapter actually made me smile a little! I liked how the ending wasn't all sad. It's a great read and pretty quick too. I love the bond the author made with Old Yeller and Travis, and how Travis grew to love Old Yeller.
My hands are still shaking from reading the last few pages. Yes, many of us have seen the movie, and they did a good job. Yet, reading the book is always better. For any purist of storytelling, this is a 5 star book. The narrator never loses his voice or digresses, the plot is solid, the characters are so well-formed (despite very little dialogue) that you never doubt or disbelieve them. (The mother has about 20 lines and you feel you could describe her, perfectly, to a sketch artist) And, then, ...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” 31 likes
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