"Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls

Discussion in 'Books, Music and Television' started by NearertoGod, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls

    A review by NTG on the book
    Where the Red Fern Grows
    By Wilson Rawls

    Where the Red Fern Grows is a beautifully written, heart-touching story of one boy and his two red hunting hounds. Set in the rustic Ozark Mountains, Billy has always wanted a dog - but not just one dog - two. Everyday, Billy hoped and prayed to God that one day he'd get his two dogs, his two special hunting hounds.

    And so it happened.

    Little Ann and Old Dan are two very special hounds. Not only has Billy trained and raised them to be the finest hunting team in the valley, he has made a special bond that only a boy and his best friends can understand. Where the Red Fern Grows shows a deeper side to the animal helper, a side where just not loyalty and obedience show through, but emotions and the greatest feeling of all - love, the deepest kind of love.

    This book, while it is a children's themed book, is very all-age appropriate. It is beautifully written in a first-person style; while the "country-ish" dialogue and feel may be annoying to some it helps you relate with the characters ever more. Billy's character, as a boy in the mountains who grew and lived there, even brings more of all feel to the story.

    I give this book 5 stars. It's a classic, a masterpiece.

    Where the Red Fern Grows teaches us not only about love, friendship, and trust, but also a little about God's Nature, and other things that are hard to put into words. While some may find some of the ideas on animal's feelings and emotions improbable, this book should not make you crinkle your eyebrows just because you don't agree with all its statements.

    I must warn you, however, this is a book that will make tears come to your eyes at the end, it is sad, touching, and beautiful at the same time. The devotion, the love...I can still feel it in my heart - and that says a lot!

  2. Sounds like a lovely book! I'm intrigued.

    Myself being the owner of 3 dogs, will be able to relate to the deep devotion, loyalty and love that is mutually shared between me and my companion girls.

    Great write up NTG. :)
  3. I assure you this book is one that doesn't disappoint!

    I love all animals, and I know how wonderful the canines can be, as I have had many who have touched my life in more ways than one.

    Your welcome!


  4. This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is one of the books that I try to reread every few years.
  5. Never read the book. Saw the movie. :crying_anim:
  6. Read the book. From what others have told me it's way better than the movie.
  7. that is an amazing book i read it in grade 7 i think it was very well done
  8. Read it a few years ago. Great story.

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