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The Yearling (Aladdin Classics) Paperback – September 1, 2001
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"Heart-stopping adventure and heart-wrenching human elements.... This is a classic well worth its Pulitzer Prize. Earthy dialect and homespun wisdom season the story, giving it a unique and unforgettable flavor, and N.C. Wyeth's warm, soft illustrations capture an era of rough subsistence and sweet survival."
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The story is beautifully crafted and it flows effortlessly. The homespun language is quaint and is perfect for the book (which is set in the late 1800s). The author knew the intricacies of nature in Florida and described it with exactness and beauty. There are many sections of the book that are filled with warm humor and lightheartedness. The deep closeness between the father and son is touching as well as the love between the husband and wife.
Life was a tough stuggle then and it is brought out with great skill. Rawlings was a master of timing and decriptions.
(For those high school students who were forced to read the book- read it again in ten years. I felt the same way about "To Kill A Mockingbird". In high school I hated it. Later in life- I loved it. Maturity adds a lot to any book).
There is one aspect of the book that is a little hard to believe- grown men getting up in the middle of the night to play their music on guitars and so forth- stark naked- in front a of a young neighbor- but that is only thing in the entire novel.
N.C. Wyeth's illustrations are perfect for the story. His use of strong directional lighting is fabulous. I would recommend the Scribner Classic (hardcover)with his illustrations in it.
Rawlings lived in the heart of the Florida woods in the winter time and was a keen observer of nature and men.Read more ›
Although I think this is an excellent book for children and adults, I'm not sure that there are many teenagers who will appreciate it. It is a harsh story in places, but it is not so much the harshness that I'm talking about. This book is about a time when people were more at one with nature and life was simple and slow-moving. There are no explosions, no sex, no swearing and no gratuitous violence. I loved the novel for those reasons. To many young people, this may spell "boring". Although I would have loved this story at any time in my life, had I read it when I was a teenager, I would have never had the patience for the rich detail. Now, I savor it. I loved the story for its slow-moving, simplicity and detail and because it was a total break from the warp speed and superficiality of today.Read more ›
The Baxters live some 15 miles from the nearest town and four miles from their nearest neighbors, the Forresters, a family of massive sons who are variously good hearted and murderous drunks. In this environment, the little Baxter family scratches out its existence.
Two themes predominate: the loss of childhood innocence and Implacable Nature. The latter is depicted in a variety of ways: a legendary maurauding bear that is seemingly impossible to kill; a pack of hungry wolves several dozen strong; a flood that destroys everything in its path and leaves the plague in its wake; a terrible poisonous snake that threatens the life of one of the characters. In this unforgiving environment, Penny forges ahead at all times, hunting and farming to provide for his little brood, rarely at a loss despite the continual setbacks that afflict "Baxter's Island," the small territory that the family owns.
It's not all harshness, however. Moments of beauty break through at intervals, particularly when father and son are off on a leisurely hunt. There is often a great reverence shown for flowers, trees, waterways, birds, animals, and the landscape as a whole.Read more ›
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"The sun was sinking into the saw-grass. The marsh was golden. The whooping cranes were washed with gold. The far hammocks were black. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ashlley
After visiting her Florida home at Cross Creek, together with a great guide, I just had to get her first book Cross Creek and this one - The Yearling for which she received a... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book when I was in the 8th grade about 60 years ago. I was not much of a reader, but I couldn't put it down and finished it in one weekend. Read morePublished 23 days ago by art Biddle
I had to read this with a student, and I'm not an animal person, nor do I like long descriptions of nature. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
Product was delivered as described and delivery exceeded expectations!Published 29 days ago by Roy T. Arnette
I found this book to be an OK read, but thats about it. It got so many things about deer and life during those times inaccurate, the way they to portray the deer as greedy and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Romelo Lucas
This book is a true classic that will transport the reader to a place and time well worth "visiting" and remembering!Published 1 month ago by GJC