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Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
by Wilson Rawls
Peter Wakeman's review
Jun 11, 08
** spoiler alert ** Where the Red Fern Grows was my favorite book growing up as a kid. It's a classic story, a young boy saves up a substantial sum of money and buys two coon hunting dogs, Little Ann and Old Dan, and trains them to be the best damn coon hunting dogs in the Ozarks. He trains them thoroughly and ends up winning a coon hunting tournament, beating all odds due to his young age and inexperience, but he's got something that the other hunters are lacking, a beautiful connection with their dogs and the heart to do anything for them. After he wins the tourney, the two dogs die in a symbolical, depressing way, Little Ann refusing to leave the side of the deceased Old Dan. When I recently re-read this story though, I realized how much of a little kid Billy was. He cries in almost every scene, which kind of irritated me. But his determination to be the best damn coon hunter in all of Oklahoma was an inspirational story to hear. He beat all odds, his parents didn't want him to be out at night in the woods, but he disobeyed them and proved he could handle himself, the other hunters gave him grief for being so young and having such young dogs, but he proved himself and his dogs to them by catching some huge coons. All in all, I would have rather not read it again and kept my childhood opinion of it, instead of my more grown up opinion of his trivial situation and cry-baby attitude.
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