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Where the Red Fern Grows Paperback – September 1, 1996
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Author Wilson Rawls spent his boyhood much like the character of this book, Billy Colman, roaming the Ozarks of northeastern Oklahoma with his bluetick hound. A straightforward, shoot-from-the-hip storyteller with a searingly honest voice, Rawls is well-loved for this powerful 1961 classic and the award-winning novel Summer of the Monkeys. In Where the Red Fern Grows, Billy and his precious coonhound pups romp relentlessly through the Ozarks, trying to "tree" the elusive raccoon. In time, the inseparable trio wins the coveted gold cup in the annual coon-hunt contest, captures the wily ghost coon, and bravely fights with a mountain lion. When the victory over the mountain lion turns to tragedy, Billy grieves, but learns the beautiful old Native American legend of the sacred red fern that grows over the graves of his dogs. This unforgettable classic belongs on every child's bookshelf. (Ages 9 and up) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Praise for Where the Red Fern Grows
A Top 100 Children’s Novel, School Library Journal
A Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14, NPR
Winner of 4 State Awards
Over 7 million copies in print!
“A rewarding book . . . [with] careful, precise observation, all of it rightly phrased.” —The New York Times Book Review
“One of the great classics of children’s literature . . . Any child who doesn’t get to read this beloved and powerfully emotional book has missed out on an important piece of childhood for the last 40-plus years.” —Common Sense Media
“An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.” —School Library Journal
“A book of unadorned naturalness.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Written with so much feeling and sentiment that adults as well as children are drawn [in] with a passion.” —Arizona Daily Star
“It’s a story about a young boy and his two hunting dogs and . . . I can’t even go on without getting a little misty.” —The Huffington Post
“A brilliant literary work.” —TeenInk.com
“We tear up just thinking about it.” —Time on the film adaptation
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"I knelt down and gathered them into my arms. I buried my face between their wiggling bodies and cried. The stationmaster, sensing something more than two dogs and a boy, waited in silence."
My Dad didn’t grow up in the Ozarks, but he trapped animals as a young boy to raise money for a dog. Selling skins to Sears Roebuck & Co. was enough then to fulfill that dream and then later to get him enough money to fly enough hours to be conscripted (after being declared 4F) to train pilots at Americus, Georgia. When he was able to return to being a civilian pilot, the first thing he did with the money he saved was to buy another dog. On multiple levels, I felt this story to be so close to my father’s, both coming from rural, impoverished areas.
“Men, said Mr. Kyle, “people have been trying to understand dogs ever since the beginning of time. One never knows what they’ll do. You can read every day where a dog saved the life of a drowning child, or lay down his life for his master. Some people call this loyalty. I don’t. I may be wrong, but I call it love – the deepest kind of love.”
This is such a wonderful story; I highly recommend you read it. Re-read it, if you read it as a child.
we read where the red fefn grows in 6th grade. my teacher had an aufio back copy andwe had a book and we were expected to read along with the aufio book.
i went ahead and read it on my own. i triesd to stifle my laughs and crises. where the red fern grows was(and iS Still) a beautiful book. billy buys a dog fokr himself after savibg ul fkr 2 years. for most of his life, he has wabted not one bht 2 coon hounds. when he is 12 years old hw finnalyg is abke to buy his dogs.
Billy, old dan and little ann go on many huntjng adventures. The last 3 or 4 chapters had me sobbing. EXTRA SPOLIER ALERT*** after Billy and his dogs win the coon hunt, he and his dogs are goibg hubting sometimeblater. billy old dan and little ann are in the montains when the dogs tree some animal. a.big.mountain. lion. old dan will not let the lion win or get away. the lion jumps down from the tree aiming directly for billy, ready to kill. his dogs jump fir him. they save billys life. the dogs battle the lion. after billy old dan and little ann beat the lion, billy checks to see how bad the wounds are. little anns injurys are not too serious. Old dans are bad.
billy is walking back to home after patchibg up old dan. old dan is suddenly gone and billh backtracks to find him. old dans entrails are caught in a bush. billy quickky tkes tgem home. billys parentgs try to help him ptch up his fogvs, but unfortunately old dan doesjt make it. billy burrys him the next day.
this was the part where i was full out sobbibg
litgle ann knws her brother is gone. she looses the will to live. in her last bitf of stength, she drags herself back to old dans grave and kays her head on it. she dies becuase she loosws hef will go live. billy burrys her. hjs parents announce that they are moving to thr city. the book skips ibto when they mive. billyh gkes outf to look at his dogs grive. when he shows uo he is shockedd.a red fern has grown up betweeb his gokds grave. red frns are supossdly planted by angeks. when they leave theycan see the red fern on top of the hill.
whTs amazing is that none of these charachters even existed. and it made me cry. thibking about thjs is maing me cry. im cryijbg as i wsrite. this is why i have si mny typos. becahse just thibkibg about tbis book makes me cry. well dkne wdon dawls. this is the tsnth time you have made me cry over this book. absolutely stubning.
Where The Red Fern Grows will take you on a journey with a boy and his two dogs Big Dan and Little Ann you won't soon forget! From leaving home to fetch his pups ,to hunting in the Ozarks, this boys journey will have you yearning for your youth, Wishing for simpler times, and feeling emotional. You'll not want to put this down till you've finished it. I would recommend this for 4th grade to any age there after. This is a book you keep and cherish.