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Old Yeller (Old Yeller #1)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  70,109 Ratings  ·  1,567 Reviews
Set in the rough wilderness of early frontier Texas, Old Yeller is the timeless tale of a boy left in charge of his family's farm, and the big yellow dog who helps him with his many responsibilities.
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Published October 1st 1999 by Bt Bound (first published January 1st 1956)
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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
Jul 21, 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
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
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
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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
Samra Yousuf
Aug 14, 2016 Samra Yousuf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giant-escape
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
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.
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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
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
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 :)
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
Martha b
Dec 06, 2016 Martha b rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 07, 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?
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.
Feb 07, 2017 LANDON :-) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Travis's dad had to take a lot of cattle up to a new market in Abilene,Kansas,which is more than 650 miles away! His father left Travis to be the man of the house while he was gone, he was determined to live up to his responsibility, but it was some tough work. Most days he came back to the hose after plowing until his legs about fell off, other days he'd carry buckets of water back from the spring. Every day he worked hard, then a stray dog came out of nowhere. He introduced himself by eating t ...more
Nov 09, 2016 Jamyleth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson, this book is a dog named Old Yeller and boy named Travis and his family. One morning after Travis's papa leaves for a cattle drive Travis goes out to the barn to get his family the last meat. The meat was gone, near by there was an old dirty ugly dog curled up. Travis tried to kick the dog but he missed. Arliss is Travis brother and Arliss came out the house and attacked his brother, Arliss wants to keep the dog because it's lonely. Travis hates the dog he has his reas ...more
Feb 21, 2017 Darrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. This would make a great bed time story for the kids. It was just like the movie I do believe. It was short and sweet book and it had action and some love but the boy was not in to girls yet, The book also was very sad. Not to sad like the movie but some of those feelings came to play when I read this book. At lest I did not cry. Well now when I watch the movie again it will be a different thing. Okay off to the library to bring back a few books. I wonder if they have the n ...more
Connie D
Nov 11, 2016 Connie D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd heard of Old Yeller forever, but was always afraid it would be too sad. What I didn't know was how comical Old Yeller could be or what an engaging voice Travis the narrator would have. His mother and brother Little Arliss are strong characters too, all wrapped up in the interesting life in the bush of 1860s Texas . 4.5 stars.
Oct 03, 2016 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if I ever read this book, however I've seen the movie enough that I knew the story well.
ELi Whalen
Sep 24, 2016 ELi Whalen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old yeller by Fred Gipson was a solid book but it could've been longer to help develop the story better. The setting of this story is the rural countryside of Texas right after the civil war. I think that the theme of this story was Travis becoming a man and realizing all the responsibilities that come with becoming one. The plot of the book is that Travis’s father goes out to the cattle market to get some needed money for the family. The day after Travis’s father left a stray dog (Old Yeller) s ...more
Dec 09, 2016 Colby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colby Barnette
Formal book review

Old yeller is a book about young kid named Travis who is left at home with his mom and younger brother while his father is off on a cattle drive so he is given the responsibility of being the man of the house. One morning he finds a dog in their meat seller and he does not want it but then it kinda grows on him. They go on constant advantages while doing chores around the farm. Also they are constantly have to keep travis’ careless younger brother Arliss
Brenna Hobson
May 03, 2013 Brenna Hobson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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” 40 likes
“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... 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 happen. They may seem mighty cruel and unfair, but that's how life is 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.” 2 likes
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