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Where the Red Fern Grows: The Story of Two Dogs and a Boy (A Bantam starfire book)
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am 10. April 2000
"Where the Red Fern Grows" is a powerful saga of adolesence and all the lessons looming in its accomplishment. This book provokes one's own memories, in a simple yet frankly down home style that warms the heart and stirs the soul. The main character, Billy, is presented in a confiding way. He is tenacious, perseverant, and self-reliant. Anything he receives in life is not handed to him; in the spirit of his forefathers, he works for every material thing ever needed. He is consistent with the times and geographic location. This fact is apparent both stylistically and in Billy's developed idiosyncrasies. Use of the pronoun "I" adds interest and realism to the context, giving the illusion of Billy actually recollecting and delivering the story. He reasons in a way that would be typical of a boy his age, uses amusing Southern phrases that fit his cultural upbringing, and is acute in detail, as though clearly remembering noted incidents. Uncommon expressions such as "Old Dan bawled treed" or "the grinning Ozark moon" with misuse of the King's English, (that is, incorrect verb tenses, and use of the slang term "ain't") are characteristic of the setting. Narration in the first person is attentive to use of trifling details. Earthy, picturesque descriptions fill the reader's mind, with abundant adjectives. One can almost feel the hot sun in one scene, or the tension as some hunting tale climaxes in another. The author of the book, Wilson Rawls, is optimistic about life. His writing reflects pleasant adolescent memories, proudly recalled. The feeling is upbeat; the story is positive, despite mishaps and obstacles without which it would appear contrived. Though not sappy or overdone, only bittersweet, its simple hunting adventures are tainted with unabashed poignancy. Everyone achieves what it is he desires through patience and hard work. It is a homespun sentiment of Americana, a fulfillment of the American Dream.
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am 3. März 2000
Where the Red Fern Grows By Wilson Rawls
If you read Where the Red Fern Grows, you'll be amazed. There is so much suspense, sadness, and laughter in this book. Wilson Rawls the author grew up in the northeastern Ozarks in Oklahoma, roaming around with his bluetick hounds, just like the character of this book. Billy is a young boy, growing up in the Cherokee county in the Ozarks. He finds an ad in a magazine saying coon hound pups for sale. He saves up money and puts the money in a tin can. When he saves up enough money, him and his grandfather keep it a secret from his parents and order the pups. When they came in he had to walk to the big city to get them. On the way home, he named them Old Dan and little Ann. Billy raises the pups and trains them how to hunt. On one of the hunts, he was hunting the ghost coon. A couple of the town's tough boys bet him that his dogs couldn't catch the ghost coon. Billy won the bet, bet a tragic thing happen that night. Some one died that night when they were hunting. It was an accident, but Billy blamed it on him self. Billy also tried his luck by putting his dogs in a competition. His dogs did great, but several things happen there. One of the things that happened was that a blizzard came thought when the competition was going on. His grandfather also broke his leg when hunting. But he one the competition and got the gold cup. When he got home, he gave the gold cup to his youngest sister. I thought that this book was one of the best book I ever read. When I started reading the book I just didn't want to stop. The best thing I liked about it was that it wasn't to long, but not to short. There are more things that happen in the book, but Im not going to tell you what happens.
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am 31. März 1999
"Don't die on me, don't die on,little girl," cried Billy. This is a powerful look on how far a young boy will go to get what he wants. Billy, a young adventurous, lad jumps at the chance to get his own two hunting dogs, the only problem they cost 50 dollars. Being that this story is set back into the early 1900's 50 dollars doesn't get you much more than now. Now, Billy tries with all his little might that he has in him and eventually scrounges up enough money for the dogs from collecting trash for pennies, helping out hunters, and capturing animal hides; that is, he now is two years older from when he started. Billy then goes on a journey of buying the dogs which is almost harder than earning the money to buy them. Getting his dogs he goes on adventurous tales of courage and winnings. Soon though, we come to a very tragic and tearing end that ends with a weeping reader or soft hearted head. Anybody who cares about anything would read this book; could read this book. This book has a strong, loving, context, but not too loving for even tough-muscle head guys could read and like. The way the author described this book you might as well be watching a movie with the best graphics, actors, and stunts ever developed. There is a larger context to this book though, it shows you how someone could be such a social outcast as a group of hillbilly hicks, but also a loving and reasonable people. So if you love anything, your stuff teddy bear, your favorite pillow, whatever, you will like this book with such a loveable plot and sad ending. Many people who face a great loss may relate this book very easily to the feelings. If anything this is a wash your soul book!
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am 23. März 2000
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls tells the story of a young boy named Billy growing up in the rural Ozark Mountains during the depression. Billy's family is poor but proud of the simple life they live. Billy's dream is to own a pair of coon hounds. His family does not have the money to buy Billy any hunting dogs. So Billy sets out to work and save enough money to buy the dogs himself. His Grandfather encourages him and even agrees to keep Billy's plan a secret from his parents. He works at all sorts of odd jobs and saves every penny he can get his hands on in an old tin can. By the end of the summer he has enough money to buy a pair of pups. He sees an advertisement in a magazine for quality coon hound pups and his grandfather helps him to order them. Billy has to walk to town when his dogs arrive. On the way home they have an encounter with a cougar. Billy names his pups Old Dan and Little Ann. He works hard to train them to hunt. Billy enters a hunting competition and after enduring a number of set backs he wins the gold cup. Through all of his adventures with Old Dan and Little Ann Billy learns many valuable lessons about life. The author, Wilson Rawls, brings to life the time and place of his story in Where the Red Fern Grows. I enjoy hunting and working with dogs in the field, so I was able to relate to Billy's love of his dogs and the land. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any reader.
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am 5. Dezember 1998
Although it has been nearly two weeks since I finished listening to the tape of Where the Red Fern Grows, I am fighting to choke back the tears even now. I plan to order several copies for Christmas gifts.
Yes it is a wonderful epic adventure story about a boy and his dogs and their heroic devotion to each other. And yes, it is so well read that you live every moment right alongside Billy and Old Dan and Little Ann. But, like most great novels, it is much more.
I am a dog lover, a college teacher, and a retired field grade Army officer. I loved the book not only for the captivating story, but also for the slice of Americana that it captures and preserves. It is a time capsule of a way of life, of what made this nation great. The breadth, depth, and magnitude of the love, devotion, responsibility, integrity, courage, and tenacity of the characters is awesome. It was a simpler time, when modest, humble, ordinary people were heroes in their own right, but could not imagine being any other way.
If this story doesn't burst your heart with joy and then rip it out with painful agony, you are dead and worse.
If you think you're dead, it will awaken and electrify feelings you didn't know you had.
If you are looking for answers, you will find them all in this simple little tale of perfectly ordinary and unassuming heroes of epic stature.
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am 5. März 1999
A great book is Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. It is a wonderful tale of a poor country boy who would do anything for a pair of hounds. Once he gets his dogs, the world is theirs to explore. From playing fetch to winning a raccoon hunt, these three share it all, even a courageous ending.
I thought this book was really good because I could relate to the characters, especially Billy because I always wanted a dog. Like him, I had my mind set on a dog, and wouldn't quit trying until I got one.
Page after page there are lessons to be learned, and a theme to go with each one. The five important themes I got out of it were: friends, responsibility, companionship, life, and family.
Wilson Rawls wrote what every reader wanted to read. The book couldn't have been written any better. He used specific details, and gave a good feeling of what growing up in the Ozarks would have been like. It portrays the happiness and hardships that life brings.
Young males and grown men would especially like this book because they can relate to Billy and his spirit of determination. This book is a great book and everybody should have the chance to read it.
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am 25. März 1999
Where the red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawles, is about a boy named Billy growing up in the Ozark Mountains.While growing up in the country side, Billy wanted to dogs to hunt coons with, but his father could not afford such an expensive dog. Billy decided to earn the money himself. Billy trained his dogs and took them hunting every night.Billy and his dogs went through many adventures hunting for coons. One time, they encountered a mountain lion. Old Dan was able to save Billy's life from the mountain lion. Little Ann could not go on with her life because her friend had just died. Billy decided to bury the two dogs next to each other. Billy and his family was able to move out the country side and into the city. He frequently visits his dogs grave and see a red fern growing in between them.
The reason why I enjoyed this book was because of the adventures Billy went on through out the novel. His hard work and dedication has showed me that you can achieve anything. The main theme that seemed to go out through the novel, is that even in tought times, hard work and persistence can lead to succes and achievement.
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am 9. Februar 1999
I thought this was a wonderful book! Our class at school read this together, and we all thought it was great! When we were done reading it, we watched the movie together. You should look into that. There are some differences, but it makes you laugh and cry all at the same time, just like the book.
I think Rawls really got into the details in the book, which makes you look at it like a movie. In other words, it really helped you imagine the book in your head.
You might think, "Oh.... that's way too long for me." But it's really not. If you get into the book, you don't want to put it down. you could read the whole book in a day if you really set your mind to it. Of course a lot of people probably don't because they don't have that much time. But you don't need to get it done right away. Reading before you go to bed is a really good time.
That's all I have to say about this excilent novel. I hope all of you out there that read Where The Red Fern Grows enjoyed it as much as I did. Read On! :o)
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am 14. August 2012
As a boy i didn't have to much time to read. I had way to many other things, more important things to do. Like playing soccer or going fishing. I was given this book in school and was supposed to do a book report on it. I didnt. My teacher gave me a second chance but she also said that if i didnt read the book and give my report before the whole class i would fail 5th grade. Well guess what i read the book and then read it again. I cried like a baby at the end and cried when i gave my report. This is one of the best books I've ever read and it is responsible for my love of books today. I read at least one book every 2 weeeks. I live in germany now and am looking for this book(in german) for my son. If anyone out there knows where i can get a copy PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I would be very greatfull. To all those readers out there who havn't read this book all i can say is read it its worth it! Old Dan and Little Ann will live in our hearts forever.
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am 30. Dezember 1999
I thought that this book was absolutley wonderful. It is an interesting and wonderfully written adventure story about a boy and his two dogs.
As wonderful as this story was, it was also the saddest book I have ever read. I cried buckets throughout the end sences. BUT this is not a reason you shouldn't read the book. It has a great story plot and great charcters.
My mother and I read the book together when I was in third grade. She used to read me a lot of books. when I was little. Now, being older, i enjoy writing nonsense stories of my own in my spare time, and writing sad sences is a favorite pastime of mine. I think it might have been because of this book.
Overall, I certainly recomend this book to all who enjoy good literature. Sixth graders at my elemtary had to read this book, and our teacher has to let kids go outside to sob at the end. Anyway, sobs or no sobs, this book is a must read.
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