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Where the Red Fern Grows Perfect Paperback – March 1, 1997
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"Heald is wonderful with this action and emotion-laden story. An excellent selection for family listening."
"An exciting tale of love and adventure you'll never forget."
--School Library Journal (School Library Journal ) --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
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Yes it is a wonderful epic adventure story about a boy and his dogs and their heroic devotion to each other. And yes, it is so well read that you live every moment right alongside Billy and Old Dan and Little Ann. But, like most great novels, it is much more.
I am a dog lover, a college teacher, and a retired field grade Army officer. I loved the book not only for the captivating story, but also for the slice of Americana that it captures and preserves. It is a time capsule of a way of life, of what made this nation great. The breadth, depth, and magnitude of the love, devotion, responsibility, integrity, courage, and tenacity of the characters is awesome. It was a simpler time, when modest, humble, ordinary people were heroes in their own right, but could not imagine being any other way.
If this story doesn't burst your heart with joy and then rip it out with painful agony, you are dead and worse.
If you think you're dead, it will awaken and electrify feelings you didn't know you had.
If you are looking for answers, you will find them all in this simple little tale of perfectly ordinary and unassuming heroes of epic stature.
This is a wonderful story of the love a boy has for his dogs & the freedoms of childhood. However, Billy has some experiences that take him from childhood into being an adult. Some he is aware of but others are more subtle.
Despite the story being about a boy, girls can relate to a lot of the emotions as well. Adults can more fully appreciate the more subtle storylines.
I highly recommend this book but suggest that you keep plenty of tissues handy.
This story is such a great tale of true grit, determination, hard work and the idea that all things are possible if you set yourself to the task. The things the boy learned and experienced with his hounds and his own sense of loyalty to his family and his dogs are the kind of character building stories that every child, and every 40-year-old should experience.
I confess I've always admired dogs ... their loyalty, dedication and wish I could emulate the character that a good dog naturally exhibits. This is one of a group of stories like Lassie and Ol' Yeller about dedicated dogs.
Buy it for every child that you hope will develop true grit.
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Where the Red Fern Grows is a great book to read aloud to an elementary age child or pre-teen who loves animals. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Beatrice Champagne
this book is... i cannot say it any other way: truly the best book i have ever read. i love it. when reading it you feel the tension and excitment of the hunts ed by little ann and... Read morePublished 1 day ago by McClure8388
I had read this book in middle school and totally loved it!! So I had to get it for my 12 year old son and he loved it too!!!! Great book!!!Published 3 days ago by Guadalupe
I had read this book back when I was in school, and wanted to read it again because I remembered enjoying it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by dvogs513
I read this book with my best friend. When we got to the last two chapters we did this together. I read it out loud. We both cried and just rested quietly. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Michael Edwards