Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I had planned for the weekend to do a lot of relaxing, which includes READING!  I picked up this classic at the library, thinking it would be fun to read a book that I read when I was younger but somewhat forgot the premise of what happens in the book…I’m glad I did!

I’m a huge dog lover, so I know that when I pick up a dog related book that I’m either going to tear up because it gets sad or tear up because there’s unrelenting compassion for the animals.  This one had me at both!  Take some time this summer and pick up an old classic, they are usually quick reads, but they remind us of many memories and qualities that we had hoped for ourselves when we read these books when we were young!

Where the Red Fern Grows is a story about a boy named Billy who dreams about owning his own hound dogs.  His family doesn’t have a lot of money, so no matter how hard he tries to convince his parents to buy him the dogs, it’s just not possible.  Billy comes up with his own plan and after two whole years of working and saving his money, he finally has enough to buy his dogs he’s always wanted.  It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.

Soon Billy and his dogs become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of the two dogs and Billy’s enthusiasm is unbeatable.  Tragedy strikes and Billy learns that you can still find hope in troubling times.  Billy’s love for his dogs is unbreakable in this story, a highly recommended read for EVERYONE!

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My two hounds and I reading “Where the Red Fern Grows”

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