Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows A loving threesome they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country Old Dan had the brawn Little Ann had the brains and Billy had the will to make them into the finest hunting team i

  • Title: Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Author: Wilson Rawls
  • ISBN: 9780375806810
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country Old Dan had the brawn Little Ann had the brains, and Billy had the will to make them into the finest hunting team in the valley Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too Where the Red Fern Grows is an exciting tale of love and adventure you ll never forget.

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    1. Wilson Rawls

      Wilson Rawls was born on September 24, 1913, in the Ozark country of Scraper, Oklahoma His mother home schooled her children, and after Rawls read Jack London s canine centered tale Call of the Wild, he decided to become a writer.But the Great Depression hit the United States in 1929, and Rawls left home to find work His family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1935, and he came home each fall to work and hunt He wrote stories while he traveled, but his lack of formal education hampered his grammar, and he could not sell anything In 1958, he gave up on his dream and burned all his work He later revealed his literary desires to his wife, Sophie, and she encouraged him to keep writing.In a three week burst, Rawls wrote Where the Red Fern Grows, a highly autobiographical and poignant account of a boy, his two hounds, and raccoon hunting in the Ozark Mountains His wife edited his grammar and, after serialization in the Saturday Evening Post, Doubleday published the novel in 1961 By the late 1960s, word of mouth helped the book become a classic for young readers Rawls wrote and Sophie edited one book, The Summer of the Monkeys, in 1976 This, too, became a classic Rawls died in 1984 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

    834 thoughts on “Where the Red Fern Grows”

    1. I read this book in 4th grade. One day I was waiting for class when an obnoxious boy decided it would be a good idea to take it. I informed him that it was my favorite book in the whole wide world and if he didn't give it back that he'd be sorry. He then threatened to tear the book in half. With that I walked over to him, hit him over the head with my cast (I had broken my wrist a few weeks prior), took my book and calmly walked away.I think that a book that inspires someone to violence in the 4 [...]

    2. this is one of my favorite books in all the land. i read it at least a million times when i was little, and it holds such a special place in my heart, i can't even begin to review it. having said all that, there are those who have a problem with the ending, because let's just say it's fairly devastating. so, as a band-aid to the heart of monica!, i have rewritten the ending to make it a little more jolly. with all apologies to wilson rawls, whose ending i thought was spectacular, allow me to pre [...]

    3. I read this book in sixth grade and cried my twelve-year-old heart out. Another book I share with my sixth grade students. What I find is that this book in particular allows the boys in my class to get emotional about a story and be able to talk about it together and normalize it. It is almost a contest for them of who got most upset. One student said he finished it on a plane ride home and that the flight attendant kept coming up to him asking him if he was alright. I've had many students tell [...]

    4. Let me say first that some love this book and to be fair I never read it except to get an idea of the story.(updated:please read what I actually said there. Any book I don't care for enough to finish will usually get a 1 star or at best a 2.) You will find in my books low ratings for Black Beauty, The Yearling, Old Yeller and any books that have the "pain of life motif" in common. By the way this includes Cold Mountain. Look up my review and you'll see I try to give recognition that it's well wr [...]

    5. I read this book when I was in grade school and it always stuck out as an effortless read. I still remember the storyline and the characters and the ending was magical.

    6. "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."Woodrow Wilson Rawls' timeless coming-of-age Classic is a beautifully heartbreaking story and sentimental favorite. Where the Red Fern Grows explores the love between a boy and his dogs and the bond between two dogs. The Disney movie was a staple of my childhood, but I'm still unsure of whether or not I'd eve [...]

    7. We finished it! I read this aloud with my kids and as I read through the final sentences, we were all in tears. I am not talking teary eyes, but body rocking sobs. My six year old did not stop for almost twenty minutes. When he was finished he said it was the greatest story he had ever heard. My eight year old wanted to meet the author and thank him for such a great book. I loved this book and recommend it to everyone. Just read it with a box of tissues nearby.

    8. “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.”“It’s a shame that people all over the world can’t have that kind of love in their hearts,” he said. “There would be no wars, slaugh [...]

    9. A young boy dreams of having pets of his own – wait, scratch that to mean dogs of his own because technically they already have a pet cat Sammy. I’m thinking Sammy doesn’t matter much to the family since the dad laughs at the cat limping with injured paws when he accidentally keeps getting his paws injured from Billy’s trap. At least he gets bandaged, but Sammie soon abandons the family when he develops a fear of people (go figure).The first part of the book is Billy saving up money and [...]

    10. Wilson Rawls’ classic, timeless story of a young boy’s coming-of-age is heartbreaking, sentimental, and utterly charming. An ode to love, family and the beauty of nature. Set in the Ozarks, northeastern Oklahoma, Billy wants nothing more than to have a puppy, or to be more specific, two puppies. He wants to train them for hunting, although his mother has forbidden him to use or own a gun until he is 21 or older. For two years he waits, collecting enough money doing whatever jobs he can, he f [...]

    11. There are a handful of books we read as children that so completely capture our hearts we cannot and would not ever forget them. Where the Red Fern Grows is such a book. An elementary teacher read this book to my class when I was in about third grade, beginning for me a love that has seen me through many personal readings, with even more readings to my own students through the course of my career as an elementary teacher.What most people do not know is that this classic tale of a boy and his hun [...]

    12. If there's one thing I learned from this book it's this: Fuck cats. Big or small, cats are the source of all evil. Hell, even Billy's family left their cat behind when they moved. Yeah, man, cats suck.Now that I've made plenty of enemies, I will try and express my true feelings about this book.I laughed. I cried. I did a number of cliched things while reading Where the Red Fern Grows. Mostly, I had fun. I dug running around with Billy and Little Ann and Old Dan, and I hate that I was one of the [...]

    13. (view spoiler)[The dogs die. WHY do they always do this to dogs in children's books? to quote Gordon Korman's delicious farce, No More Dead Dogs "the dog always dies. Go to the library and pick out a book with an award sticker and a dog on the cover. Trust me, that dog is going down." For those sick of getting attached to lovable animals just to have them die in AGONY, try Kate DiCamillo's delightful book, Because of Winn-Dixie; despite the award sticker on the jacket, Winn-Dixie survives. (hide [...]

    14. Well. This book is terrible! I was told it had positive message and was filled with life lessons. Life lessons? Life Lessons!!! Why that boy and his dogs chased us all over the place and you don't want to know what happened when he caught us. No siree. Ricky.My cousin Rocky in the minutes before he was caught by Billy. (hands clearly up in surrender)

    15. Fantastic emotional roller coaster ride that was as good now as when I read it more than 40 years ago. I haven't read it since then because I remembered it pretty well & knew it came with a TJ (Tear Jerker) rating. There are tears of joy & sorrow, triumphs & defeats - a lot of life in such a few pages. Billy's grit & determination are something for every child to aspire to.In this read, I found the background of the times most interesting. I guess it took place in the 1920's sinc [...]

    16. This was the first book ever that made me realize how cruel books can be the first book that made me sob and cry and wail and wanna chuck it against the wall and questionWHY?! But this was also the first book that I truly learned to cherish. This book will always have a spot in my heart. I need to own a copy. I haven't read this book since around 2000 and I think I'm ready to reread it now. BRING ON THE FEELS!

    17. I was chatting over email with Amy Schimler about her dog Beans, and it got me thinking about my favorite dog book of all time. We had to read Where the Red Fern Grows in 5th grade, and I have to admit I was completely dismayed that we had to read a "boy book." I struggled the whole time to distance myself from Billy, Old Dan, and Little Ann, probably flipping my permed hair and muttering "this is *so* stupid" and "who cares about a couple of dumb dogs?" under my breath about 20 times. But I rem [...]

    18. This is one of those books I liked so much better when I was a kid. Reading it in junior high school it was the story of a little boy who wanted hunting dogs so he can hunt raccoons. He worked hard, saved up money, got his dogs, encountered a wild cat, taught the dogs how to hunt, and you had a poignant tender story of a boy running wild and happy in the Appalachians until tragedy strikes. I liked it when I was a kid.Reading this book as an adult on the other hand, there were several things that [...]

    19. I think there are going to be a lot of middle-grade readers that end up being a hot mess and their heart ripped out after reading this one. Oh wait, maybe I just described myself. A wonderful, coming of age story that I truly enjoyed. Who would have thought running dogs and catching raccoons could be so intense and exciting? So much to this story and one that I highly recommend. Grab the Kleenex and brace yourself. Loved it!

    20. I live in the town where this book was written, and in the movie they filmed a scene in the old hardware store that the boy's grandfather owned. Now it is a restaurant named Jincy's Kitchen. Great food. It is decorated as the movie crew left it. Those things are kind of neat, and it is even neat that we have a Red Fern Festival. What isn't so neat is that during this festival they have coon hounds chasing a coon skin to a tree, and then the dogs get to that tree and bark up a mighty storm, for i [...]

    21. The synopsis: a boy gets two purebred hunting dogs, goes around hunting animals. Usually succeeds in killing them, although occasionally it stops at mutilation. Ends up getting his dogs killed because he's too selfish to rethink his actions and ethics. Other stuff happens too, but mostly torturing animals. Often given to kids. Unless you like sociopaths, don't.God, what an awful book. I read this when I was nine for a school assignment - I remember loving it. I revisited it several years later, [...]

    22. You know how everyone you know says they cried after they watched "Old Yeller"? Yeah, I didn't cry nearly as hard watching that movie as I did when reading this bookworse yet, we read it for an English class in jr. high--yeah, that's a stigma an already geeky girl needs on her middle school resume!Regardless of that, this is still one of my all-time favorite books. It does a great job of portraying loyalty, stamina, work-ethics, and love at a level that children and adults can understand and rel [...]

    23. 4.5 stars. A classic story of a poor young boy in the Ozarks, saving his money for two years to buy two redbone coon hounds: a male (Old Dan) and a runt female (Little Ann.) Together always, they become the best racoon hunters in the area, eventually competing for a top award. Lots of adventures for the trio, whose companionship is indefatigable. Not sure how I missed this one growing up

    24. This was a nice quick read. It felt dragged out, but the plot and overall message was very deep. The book wasn’t that long to begin with and somehow it did happen to feel lengthy. I like how it is realistic and the author didn’t hold back on depicting real life events. I never had any pets as a child so it was nice reading about this unbreakable bond Billy had with his dogs. I admired the way he was portrayed. He seemed to never give up and strived to achieve his goals. Also, at that age not [...]

    25. A classic so called tear-jerker and for good reason, when we read Where the Red Fern Grows in grade six English (we also watched the movie), I most definitely was crying at the end, not just for the dogs, but also for Billy, having lost both of his loyal and treasured pets. However, as much as I was emotionally moved and yes, affected by Where the Red Fern Grows, I have also always had some major and problematic issues with this novel, namely with the amount of hunting that is described (and in [...]

    26. Most all of us remember this from our childhood and have similar feelings to this very day. How can a book not be five stars while still evoking such memories so many decades later? But today I read for the first time a short excerpt of the authors life that some kind soul at wrote and it compounds the feelings this book will bring to memory down the road. Obviously, the book is a recommendation for all,;you, your nephews and nieces, and children especially so they can talk about their feelings [...]

    27. This book can easily be the best book i have ever read. The book is about a young boy you wants to buy a pair of hunting dogs, but does not have enough money. After a while he saves enough and buys them, and names the dogs Big Dan and Little Ann. The book is great for many people becasue you can relate youself to the characters no matter who you are. The story flows very easily and reads very well. This book is one of those kinds of books that once you start, you just cant put it down, and you k [...]

    28. This book belongs on that special list of YA books that stay with you for the rest of your life. You remember them, remember how they changed your perspective, how they made you feel, and how they helped you grow up. This book in particular belongs at the top of that list for me, right alongside Bridge to Terebithia, and I consider it a mandatory title for anyone who is in the process of growing up. Clear as a bell I remember the night I finished it, right before (or quite after, as was more lik [...]

    29. If I wasn't already, this book was bad enough to make me non-religious.Not only is Where the Red Fern Grows incredibly dry--it reads like the Bible except ten times more boring--but it seemingly lacks a plot and has minimal character growth. Worse than all that, though, everything in the story lacks consequence. At one point, a childhood-rival accidentally axes himself to death in the midst of a petty fight with the protagonist, Billy, and his two dogs. In less than a few pages, Billy and his fa [...]

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