Throwback Thursday: Where the Red Fern Grows
Thursday August 2, 2012 at 12:00 am |


Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


Billy, Old Dan and Little Ann — a Boy and His Two Dogs…

A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn, Little Ann had the brains — and Billy had the will to train them to be the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. And close by was the strange and wonderful power that’s only found…

An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.

I remember having to read this in the 5th grade with in one of my favorite teacher’s class, Mr. Wilson.  I took one look at the cover and read the description and thought that I would be bored to tears having to read this book.  I am so glad I was dead WRONG!  Who knew a story about a boy and his hunting dogs would so capture my attention, but that’s just what it did.  Rawls has a unique way of drawing young readers into a story and making them care about his characters and what happens to them.  I even remember re-reading this on my own once or twice.  Now that I think back on it, I’ll probably grab a copy and re-read it now.

Did anyone else have to read this, or just wanted to?  What were your feelings towards it?

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12 Responses to “Throwback Thursday: Where the Red Fern Grows”

  1. My fourth grade teacher read half of this book aloud to us and then we watched the film. I remember I speed-read the book before we finished the film so I knew how it would end. It was the first book with an ending that surprised me. ! memories !

    I might grab an e-copy too !

  2. I hadn’t heard of this one before. I’m glad you loved it. It’s those types of reading experiences that made us life long readers.

  3. YES! I loved the book and the movie! Cried like a baby….

    • Jade says:

      LOL. When I was younger I didn’t cry at anything hardly, especially not entertainment wise. But this book did manage to pull out some strong feeling from me…no tears though.

  4. Okay, I’ve not thought of this book in FOREVER! I think I’ll make my kids read it this fall just so I can vicariously live through them. :0)

    • Jade says:

      Oh that would be a great read for them this fall. I think they’ll really love it! What a great Mom you are to encourage their reading habits the way you do!

  5. I keep meaning to read this. Maybe one day I’ll read it with Baby Whimsy. I’m glad to hear it’s something that will appeal to girls too.

  6. I read this in school but for some reason I don’t remember it much. I do remember thinking it was a good book. I’m getting old and my memory is leaving me.