By: Wilson Rawls
I was recently going through my Goodreads shelves, looking at what I had shelved as "Books From My Childhood." And, one that often comes to mind is Where the Red Fern Grows.
Have you all read this book? I think that this book is just so much a part of me that I believe every child read this book on their summer break and wished for a pair of coon dogs. This is also one of my mother's favorite books. I'm also a little partial to it since the main characters last name (Colman) is similar to my maiden name (Coleman).
So, the story goes that Billy sees an advertisement in a magazine for two Redbone Coonhounds for $25. He saves his money and works for 2 years to buy them. After seeing a carving in a tree, he names the puppies Old Dan and Little Ann. Billy trains the puppies and the book details their adventures, including: chopping down "The Big Tree," hunting down the "ghost raccoon," and entering a champion raccoon hunt.
Billy's relationship with his dogs is so sweet, and their adventures are exciting and often funny. This book is timeless and resonated as well with me I think as any other child would.
The ending is incredibly sad. Every time I read it, I weep.
Does Where the Red Fern Grows hold a special place in your heart too? What's your favorite part?
I'm participating in Angieville's Retro Friday meme.