- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 910 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823423913
- ISBN-13: 978-0823423910
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 109 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Big Red Paperback – June 1, 2011
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About the Author
Jim Kjelgaard spent his boyhood in country much like that described in this book. "Those mountain farms", he remembers, "produced more rocks to the acre than anything else. But they provided my brothers and me with plenty of ammunition for fighting the neighboring boys across the creek. One of our jobs was to shoo the cows out of the corn patch, which was more exciting than it sounds. There were always two or three yearling bulls in the dairy herd, and when we wanted to get home quickly, we'd each grab one by the tail. The bulls would light out for the barn, their feet hitting the ground about every two yards, and ours in proportion. But the really entrancing thing was the forest that surounded us: mountains filled with game, and trout streams loaded with fish." Jim's first book was "Forest Patrol", based on the wilderness experiences of himself and his brother, a forest ranger. "Big Red," "Irish Red," and "Outlaw Red" are dog stories about Irish setters.
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My husband told me the books in this series is great for any kid that loves dogs and or hunting. If the kids love the things they are reading about they will read the books and want to read more of them. This is what is happening with out grandson. Before I had to threaten him to read books for his AR points for school, he knows now there are books about subjects he likes.
I was a bit heart broken but realized there are all sorts of different readers and kids out there. They don't have to be the same. Another reviewer who quite love Big Red said it perfectly: it is for the sort of kids who are patient readers. Those who are willing to let things develop slowly. As a city boy reading it for the first time, Big Red introduced me to a different world. It is still teaching me lessons: kids are what they are, not what we want them to be.