19. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Classics, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, 208 pages, read by Angie, on 09/18/2013

A classic story about a boy and his dogs. In some ways, Where the Red Fern Grows seems like a timeless story about a boy’s determination to get what he most desires. He works hard, saves his money, and is finally able to buy his coon dogs. He trains them, he comes to love those dogs, and they love him back. The three of them are a unit that can’t be broken. However, I can’t see a child of today acting with so much patience and determination. Billy is a special character; he almost seems superhuman in a way. He thinks of others, he works hard, he sets a goal and works to achieve it. Old Dan and Little Anne also seem superhuman. They are like one dog in two bodies; they are bonded in a way you really don’t see often; and they can’t live without each other. This book had a little more coon hunting description than I was really prepared to read, but I appreciated the story. It is a simple story with a strong message, but there is a lot of depth in the storytelling that you don’t always find in current books. This is a classic for a reason.

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