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An instant bestseller when it was released in 1938, this Pulitzer Prize winner has been read and loved by school-age children across the nation for more than fifty years. In this classic story of the Baxter family and their wild, hard, and satisfying life i
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This is based purely on how I felt reading it and not the writing quality, though that was really rather poor as well.
I suppose that most people were supposed to have this reaction:
and then natter on about how amazing this book is. How the "coming of age" story is so poignant and beautiful. How they wept and then fainted from the overwhelming feelings that they had for Jody. And, of course, how they recommended thi ...more
As it turns out, I was partly wrong about both things.
Yes, the novel is sad, extremely so, but its overriding feature is an almost ecstatic love of animals, especially wild ones. And yes, the yearling is a deer but more importantly, it’s also the story’s protagonist; a 12-year old boy caught right in that moment between an innoce ...more
I loved Jody and Penny's relationship, how overwhelming Penny's love is for his son, how much he wants for Jody to learn and grow. And how he watches Jody enjoying life.
The Forresters were entertaining and heartbreaking at the same time. There is much to learn from the characte ...more
Uninformed readers such as I will automatically assume that the yearling in question is the fawn prominently displayed on the cover but that is not really correct. It soon becomes apparent that the fawn is but a minor chara ...more
One other thing that jum ...more
There are many wonderful characters apart from the ...more
Taking place on "Baxter's Island" in post-Civil War Florida, this follows the bond formed between a boy, Jody Baxter, and a fawn he rescues from the wild and attempts to domesticate. I found it surprisingly touching, with some beautiful passages depicting the ineffable link we may feel between ourselves and nature, espec ...more
After we'd finished the book and blown our noses and she'd talked a bit, I realized that she and I got different messages from the story. She loved it for the outdoors and the animals---both the cute baby animals raised by Fodder-Wing and Jody and t ...more
The boy Jody lives with his parents in the Florida brush in a time when children were ex ...more
This was wonderfully written, an absolute delight :) It remains one of my favorites.
Jody is growing up on a lush and beautiful land and his entire life is likely to be hard. His father had a cruel and harsh childhood and as a result wants his own son to have a better one. His mother has lost six babies a ...more
I generally find books trying to capture accents and regional speech dialects in the written word to be rather forced and distracting. But this was not the case here. One of the book's triumphs as I see it is the natural and easy way the interior backwoods Florida dialect came across. It was never strained or pr ...more
The contrast between Jody’s father and mother instructs. She is hard-bitten and complaining, though helpful to her natural allies (family). He is generous, patient and gives to those who do not deserve it. Jody learns that it can pay off to be kind in the face of host ...more
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