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Where the Red Fern Grows Paperback – September 1, 1996
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Winner of Multiple State Awards
Over 14 million copies in print!
“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
“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
“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.
So you get another dog, and you and that dog bond in a special way. Watching a movie or reading this book floods your memories of all the dogs you have had and the memories of growing up with each of them. Yes you will laugh and cry! But to me it is not sad, just a reminder of happy and care free days growing up!
Wilson Rawls is a Cherokee Indian and an excellent story teller.
Top international reviews
I read this after lunch, one or two chapters at a time and when I had to stop to get on with other areas of the curriculum , it was always to loud complaints. When the final page was read, sadly, one of my girls jumped up and ran to the restroom sobbing. That's the king of novel this is.
I gave it five stars because it is one of the best books I've read and I would not only recommend it to dog-lovers but anyone who loves to read books that show great friendship or true heartbreak.
Son ( loves books he noticed it was based on a book ) he’s not put it down , will be reading it after him. Not often a book he really likes but this one in his words it’s great mum
the book didn't live up to the first few chapters which got me engrossed. Still worth a read though.