Book Review: Where the Red Fern Grows

Book Review: Where the Red Fern GrowsWhere the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
on September 17, 1996
Pages: 212
Published by Yearling Books
Genres: Fiction, Young Readers

Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two dogs. 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’s true that times are tough, but 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.

My Takeaway

“It’s not easy for a young boy to want a dog and not be able to have one.”
Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

As a girl, I never had the opportunity to read Where the Red Fern Grows, but thanks to The Great American Read, I now understand why it is such a loved American classic. Billy, Little Ann, and Old Dan will live in my heart forever. This is a wonderful and sentimental story about the everlasting bond, loyalty, and love between a boy and his dogs. If you have young children, I highly recommend this timeless classic. It is filled with invaluable life lessons and will make you smile, laugh, and cry.

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