Old Yeller (Old Yeller #1)
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 T...more
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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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
The story follows chapter after chapter of gritty, riveting and often fun ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more