- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons (October 1, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684184613
- ISBN-13: 978-0684184616
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 269 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fighting off a pack of starving wolves, wrestling alligators in the swamp, romping with bear cubs, drawing off the venom of a giant rattlesnake bite with the heart of a fresh-killed deer--it's all in a day's work for the Baxter family of the Florida scrublands. But young Jody Baxter is not content with these electrifying escapades, or even with the cozy comfort of home with Pa and Ma. He wants a pet, a friend with whom he can share his quiet cogitations and his corn pone. Jody gets his pet, a frisky fawn he calls Flag, but that's not all. With Flag comes a year of life lessons, frolicking times, and achingly hard decisions. This powerful book is as compelling now as when it was written over 60 years ago. Read simply as a naturalist study of the Florida interior, it fascinates and entices. Add the heart-stopping adventure and heart-wrenching human elements, and 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. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter
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In this classic story of the Baxter family of inland Florida and their wild, hard, satisfying life, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings has written one of the great novels of our times. A rich and varied story - tender in its understanding of boyhood, crowded with the excitement of the backwoods hunt, with vivid descriptions of the primitive, beautiful hammock country, with humor and earthy philosophy - The Yearling is a novel for readers of all tastes and ages. Its glowing picture of life that is far and refreshingly removed from modern patterns of living becomes universal in its revelation of simple courageous people and the abiding beliefs they live by. Winner of Pulitzer Prize in 1938, The Yearling was made available the following year in a special edition illustrated by the distinguished American artist, N.C. Wyeth. The original paintings have been re-photographed and new plates made for this handsome volume.END
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That being said, what kept me enthusiastic about reading the book was above all her ability to convey a sense of wonder in a growing boy, to keep the plot moving enough to make me curious about what would happen next, to tell an amazing story while bringing fascinating characters to life, and to vividly convey a very entertaining dialect. I'd love to be able to hang out for an evening and down some moonshine with these folks just to hear them talk. What continued to blow my mind was the fact that this book focused so deeply on a male perspective while being written by a woman--so much so that if this were written by a man it would now probably be censured for being misogynistic. Most of the women in this book come off as nagging, disreputable, or troublesome, and they are always secondary to the men; however, they are all brilliantly portrayed and believable.
I am personally glad that I encountered this book in my late-thirties. It seems like it used to be a staple for younger readers, but there's no way they'd appreciate so much of what is contained in these pages.
The book was written in 1938, by someone who loved where she lived, and about a subject she was well versed in, and her writing dislpays this love and knowledge throughout. The writing itslef shows how well she kmew her craft.
I think anyone would enjoy this book; a good story well told. Def recommend !