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For fans of Old Yeller and Shiloh, Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man's best friend. The fighting fire slowly left his eyes. He bowed his head and his long, red tail started thumping the ground. I kept coaxing. On his stomach, an inch at a time. Praise for Where the Red Fern Grows A Top Children's Novel, School Library Journal's A Fuse #8 ProductionA Must-Read for Kids 9 to

The shoulder muscles knotted and bulged as it negotiated a textbook Worm. I tried to jump back, but my foot slipped and I dropped to my knees. I knew I was trapped. With a terrifying scream he sprang - in a death-spiral pirouette. I never saw my dogs when they got between the unicorn and me, but they were there. Side by side, they rose up from the ground as one. They sailed straight into that horn of death, their small, red bodies taking the frantic krumping meant for me.

I screamed and charged back into the battle, swinging my arms, but I was careful not to disrupt the groove of my dogs.

The battle raged on and on, down the side of the mountain, over huckleberry bushes, fallen logs, and rocks. It was a rolling, tumbling mass of dancing fury. I was in the middle of it all, falling, screaming, crying and Crip Walking at every opportunity. I had impressed the unicorn several times. Sweat ran through its mane, but as yet I had not busted that decisive move. I knew it had to be soon for my dogs were no match against the freestyle mastery of the unicorn. The screams of the unicorn and the deep bellowing voices of my dogs echoed through the mountains as if the beat box of hell had been turned loose.

Down the side of the mountain, the terrible competition went on, down to the very bottom of the canyon. The unicorn had Old Dan by the balls. I knew he was looking to own him with the all-important move - the moonwalk. At the pitiful bawl of Old Dan, Little Ann, throwing caution to the wind, ran in and began an uprock sequence with burns that I had never seen from her before.

With her claws digging into the mountain soil, she braced herself, and started pulling. The muscles in her small legs knotted and quivered. She was trying hard to pull off a routine that would end this once and for all.

In the rays of a bright Ozark moon, I could see clearly. For an instant I saw the broad back of the big unicorn. I saw the knotty bulge of steel-bound muscle, the piston-like jerk of the deadly hind legs, trying for the moonwalk that could disembowel a dog. Again, figuratively.

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Raising the boombox high over my head, like John Cusack, I blasted a beat I knew would inspire Ann to funktastery. My aim was true. The beats cleaved through the tension. They seemed to hiss as they sliced their way through the dancers. Ann began to spin, faster and faster. The unicorn broke eye contact with Old Dan. With a scream of pain, he reared up on his hind legs and started pawing at the air. But it was too late.

Ann was in the zone. Her eyes were shut tight and her small feet were digging and clawing in the dirt. All of a sudden, she began to levitate, rising high in the air.

Her long, red body sailed and twirled in between the hooves of the gasping unicorn. The unicorn screamed again. Sweat gurgled and sprayed. In a rainbow-colored mist, it rained out over the underbrush and rattled like sleet on the white oak leaves.

In a boxer's stance, he stood and clawed at the air. His slitted eyes turned green with hate. He seemed to be unaware that the battle was over, and kept staring at me. I stood in a trance and stared back at Little Ann's vertical ascent. The expectation of triumph was slowly leaving him.

He had been schooled but was refusing to go down. My boombox continued to churn out fat beats. A shudder ran through his body. He tried once again to moonwalk. It was the end of the trail for the scourge of the dance. No more would he scream his challenge from the rimrocks to the valley below.

The small, harmless calves and the young colts would be safe from his Boogaloo. He fell toward me.

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It seemed that with his last effort he was still trying to step to me. And then, abruptly, his hooves struck the ground. With a final snort, he tossed his mane in defeat, and slitted his eyes at the still-spinning, still-levitating Little Ann. Scowling at each of us in turn, he whinnied as if to say, "You win this one, but this is not over! For realz," and galloped off into the frosty darkness. Ann's rotations began to slow as she corkscrewed down to the ground again. Panting, Old Dan ran to her and sniffed her all over, his tail wagging furiously.

I lowered the boombox, pressed the "Stop" button, and the sounds of the forest returned in the ensuing calm. They turned to me with great doggie grins, their tails red blurs behind them. And then the three of us lived forever and ever and ever the end. View all 81 comments. Aug 25, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. 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 I read this book in sixth grade and cried my twelve-year-old heart out. I've had many students tell me this is the best book they have ever read and I am glad that I get to share it with them each year.

I would love to do this as a read aloud but I know I wouldn't be able to get through it. Just the part where Billy meets his dogs for the first time gets me. View all 27 comments. Dec 29, Mike the Paladin rated it did not like it. 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. 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 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. Look up my review and you'll see I try to give recognition that it's well written but just not a book I can like. And these ratings are how I feel and what I think of these books.

Some will say how they love these books and how possibly there was just no other way to "realistically" end the story. I grew up in the Smokies and without going over my childhood, I had 2 dogs killed I've lived through the loss of beloved animals, beloved people and beloved relationships I don't need a novel that leads me through "what pain is". If a book is of the "life is tough and then you die school", it's going to get a "down check" from me.

While fiction does instruct, there are some lessons I learned from life, I don't need to have them rehashed in leisure time activities. The struggle this young man faces and love he feels may in some manner mitigate the pain and loss, there are lessons and we're told that maybe what happened was for an overriding reason, but for me that does little to help what always strikes me as emotional manipulation.

View all comments. Oct 07, Jonathan Ashleigh rated it really liked it. 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.

View 1 comment. I buried my face between their wiggling bodies and cried.

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The stationmaster, sensing something more than two dogs and a boy, waited in silence. 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 "I knelt down and gathered them into my arms. The Disney movie was a staple of my childhood, but I'm still unsure of whether or not I'd ever read the book until now.

Ten-year-old Billy grew up in the Cherokee country in northeastern Oklahoma in the rugged Ozarks. He is infected with the wonderful yet terrible disease of puppy love- not the kind a boy might feel for a pretty girl but the "real kind" for a furry, four-legged friend.

Billy's unshakable desire to obtain two hound dogs for coon hunting dominates his existence. His desire is all-consuming, and he works incessantly for two years to save the exorbitant amount of fifty dollars needed to purchase the pups. I was most moved by the authenticity of the narrative. There is no doubt that many of the aspects of the story are autobiographical including the setting, the knowledge of hunting, and incorporating homeschooling and farming into the plot.

I also enjoyed the beautiful description of the natural world that Rawls provided. I heard the "Bam, bam, bam" of a woodpecker high in the top of a box elder snag. The cry of a kingfisher and the scream of a bluejay blended perfectly with the drumlike beat. A barking red squirrel, glued to the side of a hackberry tree, kept time to the music with the beat of his tail.

I highly recommend this novel to children of all ages, including grown ones, who have ever loved a dog or been inflicted with the "dog-wanting disease. Among his admirable qualities are humility, determination, generosity, and deep love for his family. 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 would be the kind of world that God wants us to have- a wonderful world. Rawls was born in in Oklahoma. He decided then to become a writer and wrote on any scraps of paper he could find. The family left Oklahoma and headed for California in during the Depression and ended up settling in New Mexico after their car broke down.

In when Rawls became engaged, he burned all of his manuscripts because he was ashamed of his writing and lack of formal education. When his wife Sophie learned of his dream, she encouraged him to rewrite his story. She corrected his grammar and punctuation, and Where the Red Fern Grows was published in View all 35 comments. Oct 15, Kendra rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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.

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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. View all 6 comments. Excellent story! Heartwarming and spiritual! View all 8 comments.

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.

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 working 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. The first part of the book is Billy saving up money and working hard to get dogs — not for companionship at first, but hunting partners — and eventually he succeeds in getting both of his goals met — dogs and training them to be strong hunters.

Seriously the book has so little plot that I was bored most of the time. Throw in two tragedies and an unrealistic reward of money that fits the parents goals, and you have this book. Plotless, it isn't a coming of age story, it's a boy who wants dogs so he can hunt raccoons. I guess the girls are too alike to bother. The end tragedy is of course sad but hardly a surprise. What happens is a realistic consequence of having hunting dogs that you keep placing in dangerous situations.

What bugged me is the author took the religious tones of the books to an unhealthy level with the father being especially annoying - Spoilers for the end - view spoiler [When Billy and dogs achieved their goals of killing animals or escaping animals, they praised God. Yeah, that. Not seeing why the book is a praised classic. I'm leaving it two stars over one because the writing style is actually good and I enjoyed the sense of nostalgia during the opener.

Two thumbs down from me. View all 12 comments. Nov 07, Sh3lly GrumpyBookGrrrl. I may be wrong, but I call it love — the deepest kind of love. It would be the kind of world that God wants us to have — a wonderful world.

Oh this book. This book. I can't even. What a little gem. This is one of the best love stories ever. The relationship between Billy and his dogs and between Old Dan and Little Ann transcends the physical and moves into something spiritual and supernatural even. So touching, heart-breaking. All the feels that could ever be felt.

Right here in these pages. Perfect time to re-read this as well. It feels right for Christmastime. Re-read a childhood favorite.

I have no idea how my 4th grade teacher read this to us in class without breaking down and sobbing. I couldn't do it. Let me also add that this was obviously written in another time when it was completely normal for young boys to hunt small mammals with their dogs and oftentimes, that resulted in gruesome, tragic events for all involved parties.

Some of us might view certain actions and dialogue as being crude, emotionally manipulative, or even abusive. I think that is a a valid argument, but for me, it did not change my view of the book after reading it again decades later.

Original Post: This is a little generic review way after the fact This book was read to my class in the 4th or 5th grade by our teacher. I can't even remember if it was a male teacher or female, haha. What I remember is that for about 20 minutes each day, we would hear part of the story, and I remember being really disappointed when it was time to move on because I wanted them to keep going.

I even recall crying at some point or most likely trying to hide me crying since I was in public. The book moved me and I remember loving it.

I haven't read it since then, but it made a big impact on me and definitely influenced my love of reading. I read the second book Summer of the Monkeys on my own and loved it too.

We didn't have Harry Potter when I was growing up. But this is one that sticks out as a classic for me. I'm not sure what I would think of it now, so I hesitate to re-read it. I want to preserve that magical memory. Maybe some of you can let me know if it holds up on a re-read? 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 finally raises enough for two puppies who are delivered via train to the town closest to where he lives.

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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. Re-read it, if you read it as a child. View all 16 comments. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though I hope to never again hear the word entrails repeated so many times.

View all 4 comments. Sep 12, Calista rated it liked it Shelves: Let me get out of the way my biases. I grew up in Arkansas on the east side in the flat farm lands. This story is set in the west side of the state in the Ozarks. I am not overly fond of the local accent and Wilson Rawls does a fantastic job with the dialogue. It made me feel like I was back in the area. The other Bias I have is against the word 'coon. I can't stand that for some reason.

I mean it makes my skin crawl. The proper word is Raccoon. That is the name. This book spends the entire book Let me get out of the way my biases. This book spends the entire book talking about 'coons. I wanted to drop kick it at points if I had to hear that word again. My final bias is, if you didn't know, I am a tree hugger.

Yes, I love the glories of a beautiful tree, especially a giant tall beauty that holds hundreds of years of the Earth's memories in it. One of the first hunting scenes with the dogs is a raccoon was treed in the giant and biggest sycamore tree in the valley.

It stood above them all. This is the moment Wilson decides to make Man vs Nature and Billy decides he made a promise to his dogs so of course he has to cut the tree down. There is a whole chapter devoted to him chopping this tree down. It caused me physical pain. All because his boy wants a silly raccoon. He can't tree it later. I was rip-roaring mad. I spit and I was cursing during this scene.

I mean it. My blood was boiling and I almost quit the book. The tree falls, the dogs rip apart the raccoon and that's it. Billy feels guilty about it, well whoopty-do. They didn't try and use the wood or sell the wood, oh no, they left the thing to rot. I could see cutting down a small tree, maybe since they live in a wood, but cutting down the giant - oh, I wanted to do something.

I know this happens everyday and I can't be around it. I also know a tree has consciousness of it's own and it's sad to cut them for no reason and nut honor them in some way. It was sacrilege. It was because it was such a huge plot point that it really colored the story for me. OK, that is now out of the way. So, the characters were very well done for who they were. Billy's mother needed to have more control over him.

Letting Billy roam the woods all night long with mountain lions around - crazy.

I did love the legend of the Red fern from the Indians. The book sets it up well, so that the reader connects with the dogs and Billy and cares about them in my opinion. The end really rips your heart out.

I like the theme of belief and doubt that is going on. About the pains of life and searching for understanding in things we don't understand and aren't fair.

I do think this was very well written with a strong story arch. Billy learns a lot about life during this time of his life. It's a very well written book I think, even if it drives me crazy. I am surprised it didn't win the Newbery. I don't get how it works. I was so caught up in the story at the end that I didn't even notice the word 'coon.

It is a great ending. I don't really get why people would want to hunt raccoon's, but I guess they did and ok. Just don't cut down the big trees. I think this is an excellent work of fiction for middle grade readers and above. My biases get in the way of more stars. It really is a story for boys or anyone who likes hunting. It's not a story for me, although I can appreciate Billy's journey.

It should have more stars, but I can give it 3. There are too many buttons pushed for me to give it more at this point. I did see the movie in my childhood, so I did know this was going to tug at my heart. It still has the power to do that, so it's still doing something right. It is a timeless tale in many ways. View all 7 comments. 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 There are a handful of books we read as children that so completely capture our hearts we cannot and would not ever forget them.

What most people do not know is that this classic tale of a boy and his hunting dogs was actually written twice. Author Wilson Rawls wrote it the first time and was so sure that it was no good that he threw it away. When friends and family learned of his misdeed they encouraged him to write it again. He did and the rest, as they say, is children's fiction history. This is one of those books that belongs on every child's book shelf. This classic tale of a boy and his 2 dogs is perfect for parents to read to their children.

Make sure a box of tissue is handy. I still can't read the ending without shedding many tears. I may be wrong, but I call it love - the deepest kind of love. And the crying continues I was crying my goddamn heart out by the end!

I love Barney like he is mine, but boy do I want my own dog He works his butt off and saves up every cent he gets to be able to buy his own dogs, the specific breed of dog he wants, and the moment when he first meets them And the dogs themselves are so sweet!

Old Dan and Little Ann, with their own personalities and traits. Gah, so cute. Descriptions of landscapes and running through the woods just becomes tedious after a while. However, there are some parts interspersed throughout that are quite tense and one event in particular really took me by surprise! So it was a mixed bag I guess. I had sent Matthew a photo of my red, blotchy, tear-streaked face when I finished, and the next day when I was filling him in on what happened, I could feel myself choking on my words, as the tears brimmed in my eyes again.

So yeah. This book rips your heart out! Teachers who teach this to school-age children - you are goddamn masochists!! View 2 comments. 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 only kids in America who didn't get to read this book while being institutionalized He faced joy and sadness throughout the book. Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are a couple.

Someone accidentally gets killed in chapter This title contains Violence. The adult Billy Colman narrates his childhood memories.

Living with his Papa and Mama and three sisters in the Ozark Mountains in Oklahoma, all year-old Billy wants is two hounds with whom he can hunt "coons" raccoons.

His family cannot afford them, however, so Billy works odd jobs for two years and saves up the money to buy them. Only then does he tell his plan to his Grandpa, who helps arrange the purchase. After an initial adventure in which they scare off a mountain lion, Billy and his two hounds - a small, intelligent female dog he names Little Ann and a stronger, determined male dog he calls Old Dan - are inseparable.

They learn all the angles of coon hunting and make a great team; no wily coon can outsmart Little Ann, and Old Dan is strong and sure. More than that, the dogs seem bonded to each other, and to Billy, in mysterious ways. Both dogs' lives are endangered at different points, but with bravery and intelligence they all help each other out of jams.

One day, the cruel, trouble-making Pritchard boys bet Billy that his dogs, whose reputations grow with each new coonskin, cannot "tree" chase up a tree, at which point the hunter usually chops down the tree the elusive "ghost coon" in their neck of the woods.

On the hunt, the elder Rubin accidentally falls on Billy's ax as he tries to kill Billy's dogs who are fighting the Pritchards' dog. The incident haunts Billy. To cheer Billy up, Grandpa enters him in a championship coon hunt. Billy, Grandpa, and Papa go to the contest. Immediately, Little Ann wins the beauty contest. Billy qualifies for the championship round in which his dogs bag three coons, but a blizzard sets in as they chase away a fourth one necessary for the win.

The men eventually find the half-frozen dogs circling a treed coon. The family is ecstatic over Billy's success, and Mama is especially grateful for the money. But some weeks after the championship, Billy and the dogs encounter a mountain lion.

The dogs save Billy's life, and they manage to kill it, but not before it inflicts serious damage on Old Dan. He dies, and without him, Little Ann loses the will to live and dies a few days later.


Billy buries them next to each other and cannot understand why God took them from him. With the money the dogs have earned over time from the coonskins and the jackpot, the family can finally move to town in the spring and the children can receive an education. On the day they move, Billy revisits his dogs' graves. He finds a red fern has sprouted up between the two mounds. He knows the Indian legend about a little boy and girl who had been lost in a blizzard and froze to death. When their bodies were found in the spring, a red fern had sprouted between them.

As the legend goes, only an angel can plant the seeds of a red fern, which never dies and makes the spot sacred. The adult Billy reflects that he would like to revisit the Ozarks and all his childhood haunts. He is sure the red fern is still there, larger now, for he believes its legend. Skip to main navigation Skip to main navigation Skip to search Skip to search Skip to content. Help Help, opens a new window. Admin Admin Admin, collapsed.

Main navigation. Open search form. Search the Catalog Website. Enter search query Clear Text. Saved Searches Advanced Search. Search Catalog Website. Average Rating: Rate this: So when he's finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he's ecstatic.

It doesn't matter that times are tough; together they'll roam the hills of the Ozarks. Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley.

Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan's brawn, Little Ann's brains, and Billy's sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.I had sent Matthew a photo of my red, blotchy, tear-streaked face when I finished, and the next day when I was filling him in on what happened, I could feel myself choking on my words, as the tears brimmed in my eyes again.

Then he did something he had never done before. Instruct students to find out about the Endangered Species Act of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Any book I don't care for enough to finish will usually get a 1 star or at best a 2. In ullum ludus evertitur nec.

Ask students to compare and contrast Billy Coleman's relationship with his three sisters to Jay Berry Lee's relationship to his little sister. Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. Quo verear neglegentur et.

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