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
“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 afte ...more
It's madness. It's the only explanation.
I just felt as though my 10-year-old was ready. And she was. I guess I felt ready again, too.
So we took on this 117 page classic from 1956, together, even though it had broken my heart twice before.
I was wondering if this daughter would consider the language dated, but, no, she took it all in stride. She was surprisingly unfazed tha ...more
Our 14 year-old prota ...more
“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 ...more
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
Just one thing. I started this with an audiobook from HarperCollins. The narrator's voice sounded like a character from an old western film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In this way I could feel the old American spirit of the story, kind of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn mood. But then I dropped the audio and s ...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
It's a wonderful story of perseverance and self-sacrifice in the face of drought, wild hogs, hydrophobia, and other dangers. Travis often remembered what his father had taught him to do in various situations. So though h ...more
The story follows chapter after chapter of gritty, riveting and often fun ...more
The main character, of course, is a mangy cur named Old Yeller, who comes to stay with Travis's family one day, out of the blue ...more
It's still a great read. I mean, of course it is. The words remain the same as back then. But it still evoked the same emotions, especially at the end when I felt like crying - only to experience a smile wrench me back again.
Some won't have read it yet, so I won't spoil it for you all. But I urge you to find it. It's a children's book, but it h ...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.