Old Yeller eBook Þ Paperback

Old Yeller eBook Þ Paperback


  • Paperback
  • 132 pages
  • Old Yeller
  • Fred Gipson
  • English
  • 09 April 2016
  • 9780060935474

10 thoughts on “Old Yeller

  1. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    Old Yeller is a coming of age story about a boy named Travis and his family living in Salt Lick Texas in the 1860s Travis is fourteen years old and yearns to be a man His father is leaving for Abilene on a trip to drive cattle for money and Travis will be left to man their home until his father returns “Now Travis” he said “you’re getting to be a big boy; and while I’m gone you’ll be the man of the family I want you to act like one You take care of Mama and Little Arliss You look after the work and don’t wait around for your mama to point out what needs to be done”Even though Travis is now responsible for keeping his mother and younger brother Arliss safe he’ll also have to keep up with chopping the wood and hunting for food He feels pretty confident that he can take care of things while his father’s away and looks forward to getting his own horse when his father returns Not long after a stray yellow dog shows up and steals some of their meat Travis is extremely furious about it and wants to hurt the dog but little Arliss insists they keep him Travis flat out doesn’t want a dog again; he had a dog before that died and it was hard for him to get over Little Arliss is persistent and wins him over They name the dog Old Yeller “I guessed that when you are nearly a man you have to learn to put up with a lot of aggravation from little old bitty kids”Over time Old Yeller doesn’t just keep Arliss entertained; he earns his keep and saves their lives multiple times He’s a wonderful cow dog and great with the hogs too Travis gets to where he depends on Old Yeller to help him around the land and grows to love him Travis learns uickly that life on the frontier is often unpredictable and perilous There are also many daily chores to maintain keeping animals out of the corn patch branding hogs fetching water hunting and milking the cow There’s also a disease known as hydrophobia going around and killing animals which is a big risk for humans tooI read this book when I was in elementary school and decided to read it with my children I recall being emotional over the book when I was a child but honestly this time around it wasn’t as sad The ending is sort of revealed within the first pages which spares the reader in a way I finally got teary in the end when Travis has a conversation with his dad about Old Yeller “That was as rough a thing as I ever heard tell of happening to a boy And I’m mighty proud to learn how my boy stood up to it You couldn’t ask any of a grown man It’s not a thing you can forget I don’t guess it’s a thing you ought to forget What I mean is things like that happen They may seem mighty cruel and unfair but that’s how life is part of the time But that isn’t the only way life is A part of the time it’s mighty good And a man can’t afford to waste all the good part worrying about the bad parts That makes it all bad”I enjoy Fred Gipson’s writing as it’s very graphic with detailed descriptions and imagery You really get a sense of what life was like for this family with all their hard work and difficulties It’s almost like you’re transported back to this time period on the frontier It’s a great book to educate children about what life was like back thenWe liked the characters in the book especially Travis With Travis as the narrator you feel his emotions as he tells the story and you can see his character grow as he matures tremendously in the little time his father is gone His mother is supportive and does a fine job caring for the family while their father is away Little Arliss is a handful and he’s always getting into trouble He bumps heads with Travis often but Travis grows to understand him Burn Sanderson is incredibly kind and respectful I think the only character we found annoying was Bud Searcy and mainly because he was too chatty and lazy He wasn’t willing to help would uickly pass work onto someone else and basically came around acting like he was there for support What he really wants is just a free mealOur hardcover edition is a previous library copy in really good shape I’m unsure what year this edition is based on the copyright page It’s definitely not a very old edition because it does list Fred Gipson’s last book and his death in 1973 on the back cover I believe the first edition publisher was Harper Brothers Regardless this is a classic we’re happy to have There are a few black and white illustrations throughout but not manyWe watched the Disney movie after reading the book and I was surprised with the differences which included a switch up with the ending There definitely wasn’t as much death and there were some scenes removed altogether We loved the movie and actually liked the ending in the movie a little betterI was excited to see that there’s a second book titled Savage Sam We’ll be reading that one next5This book is featured on Shabby Sunday


  2. Julie Julie says:

    I can only conclude that there must be something terribly wrong with me that I would embark on a third reading of Old YellerIt's madness It's the only explanationI just felt as though my 10 year old was ready And she was I guess I felt ready again tooSo we took on this 117 page classic from 1956 together even though it had broken my heart twice beforeI was wondering if this daughter would consider the language dated but no she took it all in stride She was surprisingly unfazed that Pa had once had to kill a Comanche Ma had to skin a deer and Travis had to shoot several small animals It was life in the 1800s in the wild frontier that was Texas and times weren't what they are now And yet when we got to the first of the two pivotal parts of the heart breaking plot she jumped up and shouted “WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME LISTEN TO THIS?”I asked her “Would you like me to stop?”She sat back down and answered “No”When we got to the second sad part of the story I collapsed in deep sobs but I still heard her little voice say “Mom it's like Charlotte's Web all over again Do you want me to read?”I pulled myself together and we finished the last part the part that's so soul crushing you almost can't get through it But like life you prevailIn the end we were holding each other by the forearms foreheads pressed together shaking and sobbing When we stopped crying I asked her “Do you wish I hadn't read it to you?She paused then answered “Yes No I don't know”I worried I'd made a bad decision as a mother Asked her “How many stars would you give it?”She looked up at me like I was an idiot and said “Five stars OBVIOUSLY” “Now the thing to do” Papa went on “is to try to forget it and go on being a man”“How?” I asked “How can you forget a thing like that?”He studied me for a moment then shook his head “I guess I don't uite mean that” he said “It's not a thing you can forget What I mean is things like that happen They may seem mighty cruel and unfair but that's how life is part of the time But that isn't the only way life is A part of the time it's mighty good And a man can't afford to waste all the good part worrying about the bad parts That makes it all bad You understand?”


  3. Raegan Butcher Raegan Butcher says:

    I read this book because I love dogs and I'm a masochist


  4. Brian Brian says:

    This 1950s Pocket edition purchased from a Sonoma used book store presented today as a gift to my eight year old daughter on this later After thanking me she asked me what it was about I told her it's about a boy and his dog She asked me if the dog dies I told her he does but that it is still a good book She asked if I had read it I told her I hadn't only seen the movie She asked me to read it for her first to make sure it wasn't too sad She's on to meOur 14 year old protagonist Travis comes of age when his father leaves him to be the man of the house while he does a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas Gipson's frontiersy narrative and dialogue feels right sounds right for a book written for children in the 1950s about life in West Texas in the late 1860s My memories of the movie are hazy but it seems that the film action follows closely to the written word action and while there is definitely sadness in the passing of Old Yeller it doesn't feel like maudlin melancholy As an eight year old it is the kind of book I would want to read about such weighty subjects as death grieving living When I finished reading it I handed the novel to my daughter and said It's not so sad You'll like it She's read the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series This book is a layupWhen traveling my daughter often sees me reading on a Kindle or an iPad She knows I am reading a book she also knows that I prefer to read a physical copy rather than an E but that our luggage can only accommodate so many books here in Florida I've been walking around with Women and Men like a KJV Bible clutched heavily to my chest She asks when she will be able to read a book on the iPad; I know that in her lifetime a library will be as much of an anachronism as if I had a shelf of VHS tapes but I want to hold out for as long as I can and help her to experience the tactile enjoyment of the tree book over the ebook This paperback copy of Old Yeller is 60 years old in decent shape and is only just showing the ravages of time with yellowing paper and crackling spine glue While reading the book I hand it to my daughter and ask her to flip the pages under her nose and breath in She does so smiles You'll never get that from an ebook I tell her I hope she remembers this


  5. Lynne King Lynne King says:

    “Now Travis’ he said “you’re getting to be a big boy and while I’m gone you’ll be the man of the family I want you to act like one You take care of mama and Little Arliss You look after the work and don’t wait around for your mama to point out what needs to be done Think you can do that?”“Yessir” I saidHis father had to go away to get some “cash money” by selling his steer But the boy wanted a horse The upshot being that if he acted as a man when his father was away he would be rewarded with his wish upon his father’s returnAnd on that note his father left with the other steer herders and they went off to the cattle market in Kansas to return in the fallI acuired this book on another whim I wanted something “light” to read and I read an excellent review by Jim on Goodreads so decided this was the book for me and a uick light read too How surprised I was when I started reading it and found out what a gem well in fact it’s of a gem it’s a diamond and I absolutely loved itHere we are in Texas in the late 1860s to find the settlers who indeed had their work cut out for them in order to survive and bring up their families I’m terrified of snakes here in France but to think of the wide selection of animals that could be found there on an everyday basis bobcats bears wolves panthers rattlers hogs coons etc plus the odd raiding Indians I’m not at all surprised that the settlers would naturally have dogs as guard dogs if nothing else I believe that I would have either stayed indoors all the time playing the helpless female or look for a good man who wanted to settle in safer climes But still in the 1860s I would imagine that a woman’s lot was a hard one and she had very little choice in life; certainly nothing like the 21st century career women with choices galore if they want to take advantage of itThe I read about fourteen year old Travis’ family mama and papa of course and five year old Arliss known as Little Arliss and what a terror he was constantly causing problems the I became engrossed in this exciting poignant adventurous and yet magical book There was the constant thrill of their life be it with an element of death living around the corner living in a log cabin that the parents had built in a place that they named Birdsong CreekWhen Travis loses his beloved dog Bell in a rather nasty way he swears he’ll never have another one even though his father said that it essential for the safety of their daily lives I know how he felt When I lost my five year old black Labrador Jasper to a dreadful end I also swore no I’ll never ever have another dog That emotional pain and the memories I would never consider again I can euate this to childbirth My mother told my father after the birth of my elder brother no children one’s enough but still she went on to have three children So Travis although not wanting another dog unsuspectingly does end up with one and serendipitously too when one morning he finds Little Arliss playing with this ugly dog in their drinking water Travis is furious and remembers his father telling him when he loses Bell to get another dog and Travis is adamant in that he won’t have it Nevertheless his mother is clever for when his father is away at the cattle market 600 miles away with Travis ostensibly in charge albeit under her watchful eye she persuades him to let Little Arliss have the dog for company as he will be alone so much as she and Travis will be too busy to play with him So Travis begrudgingly agrees and slowly begins to love Old Yeller and what a blessing this dog turned out to be I actually had a lump in my throat from time to time as I continued reading this book“We called him Old Yeller The name had a sort of double meaning One part meant that his short hair was a dingy yellow a color that we called “yeller” in those days The other meant that when he opened his head a strange turn of phase; the sound he let out came closer to being a yell than a bark”We live through the “trials and tribulations” of the family and Old Yeller surviving involvements with bears and hogs and some of those sections were uite gruesomeI was amused when I saw that the family ate suirrel because they used to do that here about fifty years ago I live here in France in “rusticana” about forty miles from a city and this is a land of hunters and fishermen so I could truly relate to this bookAlso the medicinal aspects were interesting for example in that when the mother used poultices for wounds she prepared “mashed up prickly pear root to draw out the poison” and also horse’s hair for stitching up wounds as it was ostensibly the bestLisbeth who came to help out the family latterly when Travis gets involved in an accident is a strange girl but she turns out well in the end and as for Old Yeller what a fabulous find he turned out to be; saving the family on various occasions from some possibly very unfortunate outcomes I could just continue in this vein The truly sad part is when hydrophobia rabies I guess strikes and does the family suffer in that regardI initially thought that Old Yeller was the catalyst in this book but it is indeed the horse as Travis through sheer hard work progresses through the early stages of manhood The horse will be his ultimate reward when he has proved himself to be a man The ultimate test for this incredible young man and was I impressedThis is an excellent read for all ages I have the Kindle version and I’m now going to order a hardback copy so that I can browse through it as will be my want from time to timeThis is an absolutely super read and my only regret is that I would have loved to have read it as a child


  6. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    Let me say first that some love this book and to be fair I never read it except to get an idea of the story You will find in my books low ratings for Black Beauty The Yearling Old Yeller and any books that have the pain of life motif in common By the way this includes Cold Mountain Look up my review and you'll see I try to give recognition that it's well written but just not a book I can like And these ratings are how I feel and what I think of these books Some will say how they love these books and how possibly there was just no other way to realistically end the story I grew up in the Smokies and without going over my childhood I had 2 dogs killedshot I've lived through the loss of beloved animals beloved people and beloved relationshipsI don't need a novel that leads me through what pain is If a book is of the life is tough and then you die school it's going to get a down check from me While fiction does instruct there are some lessons I learned from life I don't need to have them rehashed in leisure time activitiesThis bookmovie I know but in this case I'll lump them together scarred me and I suspect other young people Ask anyone who has loved a dog an animal if the fact that you get a new puppy after you had to kill the dog makes up for it Maybe this book is well written I sometimes suspect that many if not most of the people who come to love books like this maybe haven't gone through that pain in life If you have and you still love this work well good I can not say that


  7. Calista Calista says:

    Amazing There is a reason this book is such a classic I cried at the end What a dog that Yeller A frontier family survive with the help of this scoundrel dog This book is so grounded and down to earth They had a lot of ingenuity living on the land as they did I appreciated how Fred handled the emotions of the characters Everything and everyone felt so real I felt like they were living and breathing Travis's emotional arch is touching This is a work of art it really is I'm so glad I gave this a go You should too


  8. Catherine Catherine says:

    What I mean is things like that happen They may seem mighty cruel and unfair but that's how life is a part of the time But that isn't the only way life is A part of the time it's mighty good And a man can't afford to waste all the good parts worrying about the bad parts That makes it all bad you understand?This book totally exceeded my expectations My favourite thing about it was the narrative style it really felt like I was sitting with the protagonist Travis while he was giving me a first hand account of what life was like with Old Yeller I also laughed out loud at certain parts mainly the ones having to do with Travis's five year old brother Arlis and admittedly shed a tear at the end It was really nice to see Travis progressively take such a liking to Old Yeller after initially being so averse to the whole idea of taking him in as their family's dogThis is such a heartwarming story and if you're into books about animals you definitely need to read this 


  9. Jackson Burnett Jackson Burnett says:

    This review is for mothers and fathers of sons written by a man with no children Forgive my presumptuousness but please don't let my lack of experience stop you from reading Here's the story of Old Yeller Daddy Mama young son and early teenage son live as a family on the Texas frontier To provide for the family Daddy has to go on a cattle drive to Kansas Before he leaves Daddy takes the oldest son aside and tells him he is going to have to be the man of the house since Daddy will be gone the next few monthsWhen you get to this anachronistic charge you may be tempted to throw the book down and dismiss the entire book as patriarchal and condescending If you have sons keep reading You might even consider having your sons read this book In truth Old Yeller is the timeless story of the journey a boy goes through to become a man I get tired of encountering men who don't know what it means to be a man who don't speak the truth who don't keep their word who show no respect who look for the easy way out who show no backbone and have few principles In short men who refuse to accept responsibility I suspect these men have been shielded from hard and unpleasant tasks and by being so protected they fail to learn to do the right thing regardless of its difficultyI have seen Old Yeller on film two or three times and had read the book in years past multiple times I thought I was ready I really didLast Sunday I put my faithful dog to sleepIt was the right and merciful thing to doIt still broke my heart


  10. Sara Sara says:

    Read this when I was about ten years old Hoping to visit it again so adding it to my books so that I won't forget


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Old Yeller[PDF / Epub] ✅ Old Yeller ⚣ Fred Gipson – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk At first Travis couldn't stand the sight of Old YellerThe stray dog was ugly and a thieving rascal too But he sure was clever and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier especially At first Travis couldn't stand the sight of Old YellerThe stray dog was ugly and a thieving rascal too But he sure was clever and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to AbileneStrong and courageous Old Yeller proved that he could protect Travis's family from any sort of danger But can Travis do the same for Old Yeller.


About the Author: Fred Gipson

Also known as Frederick Benjamin Gipson He is best known for writing the novel Old Yeller which became a popular Walt Disney film.


10 thoughts on “Old Yeller

  1. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    Old Yeller is a coming of age story about a boy named Travis and his family living in Salt Lick Texas in the 1860s Travis is fourteen years old and yearns to be a man His father is leaving for Abilene on a trip to drive cattle for money and Travis will be left to man their home until his father returns “Now Travis” he said “you’re getting to be a big boy; and while I’m gone you’ll be the man of the family I want you to act like one You take care of Mama and Little Arliss You look after the work and don’t wait around for your mama to point out what needs to be done”Even though Travis is now responsible for keeping his mother and younger brother Arliss safe he’ll also have to keep up with chopping the wood and hunting for food He feels pretty confident that he can take care of things while his father’s away and looks forward to getting his own horse when his father returns Not long after a stray yellow dog shows up and steals some of their meat Travis is extremely furious about it and wants to hurt the dog but little Arliss insists they keep him Travis flat out doesn’t want a dog again; he had a dog before that died and it was hard for him to get over Little Arliss is persistent and wins him over They name the dog Old Yeller “I guessed that when you are nearly a man you have to learn to put up with a lot of aggravation from little old bitty kids”Over time Old Yeller doesn’t just keep Arliss entertained; he earns his keep and saves their lives multiple times He’s a wonderful cow dog and great with the hogs too Travis gets to where he depends on Old Yeller to help him around the land and grows to love him Travis learns uickly that life on the frontier is often unpredictable and perilous There are also many daily chores to maintain keeping animals out of the corn patch branding hogs fetching water hunting and milking the cow There’s also a disease known as hydrophobia going around and killing animals which is a big risk for humans tooI read this book when I was in elementary school and decided to read it with my children I recall being emotional over the book when I was a child but honestly this time around it wasn’t as sad The ending is sort of revealed within the first pages which spares the reader in a way I finally got teary in the end when Travis has a conversation with his dad about Old Yeller “That was as rough a thing as I ever heard tell of happening to a boy And I’m mighty proud to learn how my boy stood up to it You couldn’t ask any of a grown man It’s not a thing you can forget I don’t guess it’s a thing you ought to forget What I mean is things like that happen They may seem mighty cruel and unfair but that’s how life is part of the time But that isn’t the only way life is A part of the time it’s mighty good And a man can’t afford to waste all the good part worrying about the bad parts That makes it all bad”I enjoy Fred Gipson’s writing as it’s very graphic with detailed descriptions and imagery You really get a sense of what life was like for this family with all their hard work and difficulties It’s almost like you’re transported back to this time period on the frontier It’s a great book to educate children about what life was like back thenWe liked the characters in the book especially Travis With Travis as the narrator you feel his emotions as he tells the story and you can see his character grow as he matures tremendously in the little time his father is gone His mother is supportive and does a fine job caring for the family while their father is away Little Arliss is a handful and he’s always getting into trouble He bumps heads with Travis often but Travis grows to understand him Burn Sanderson is incredibly kind and respectful I think the only character we found annoying was Bud Searcy and mainly because he was too chatty and lazy He wasn’t willing to help would uickly pass work onto someone else and basically came around acting like he was there for support What he really wants is just a free mealOur hardcover edition is a previous library copy in really good shape I’m unsure what year this edition is based on the copyright page It’s definitely not a very old edition because it does list Fred Gipson’s last book and his death in 1973 on the back cover I believe the first edition publisher was Harper Brothers Regardless this is a classic we’re happy to have There are a few black and white illustrations throughout but not manyWe watched the Disney movie after reading the book and I was surprised with the differences which included a switch up with the ending There definitely wasn’t as much death and there were some scenes removed altogether We loved the movie and actually liked the ending in the movie a little betterI was excited to see that there’s a second book titled Savage Sam We’ll be reading that one next5This book is featured on Shabby Sunday

  2. Julie Julie says:

    I can only conclude that there must be something terribly wrong with me that I would embark on a third reading of Old YellerIt's madness It's the only explanationI just felt as though my 10 year old was ready And she was I guess I felt ready again tooSo we took on this 117 page classic from 1956 together even though it had broken my heart twice beforeI was wondering if this daughter would consider the language dated but no she took it all in stride She was surprisingly unfazed that Pa had once had to kill a Comanche Ma had to skin a deer and Travis had to shoot several small animals It was life in the 1800s in the wild frontier that was Texas and times weren't what they are now And yet when we got to the first of the two pivotal parts of the heart breaking plot she jumped up and shouted “WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME LISTEN TO THIS?”I asked her “Would you like me to stop?”She sat back down and answered “No”When we got to the second sad part of the story I collapsed in deep sobs but I still heard her little voice say “Mom it's like Charlotte's Web all over again Do you want me to read?”I pulled myself together and we finished the last part the part that's so soul crushing you almost can't get through it But like life you prevailIn the end we were holding each other by the forearms foreheads pressed together shaking and sobbing When we stopped crying I asked her “Do you wish I hadn't read it to you?She paused then answered “Yes No I don't know”I worried I'd made a bad decision as a mother Asked her “How many stars would you give it?”She looked up at me like I was an idiot and said “Five stars OBVIOUSLY” “Now the thing to do” Papa went on “is to try to forget it and go on being a man”“How?” I asked “How can you forget a thing like that?”He studied me for a moment then shook his head “I guess I don't uite mean that” he said “It's not a thing you can forget What I mean is things like that happen They may seem mighty cruel and unfair but that's how life is part of the time But that isn't the only way life is A part of the time it's mighty good And a man can't afford to waste all the good part worrying about the bad parts That makes it all bad You understand?”

  3. Raegan Butcher Raegan Butcher says:

    I read this book because I love dogs and I'm a masochist

  4. Brian Brian says:

    This 1950s Pocket edition purchased from a Sonoma used book store presented today as a gift to my eight year old daughter on this later After thanking me she asked me what it was about I told her it's about a boy and his dog She asked me if the dog dies I told her he does but that it is still a good book She asked if I had read it I told her I hadn't only seen the movie She asked me to read it for her first to make sure it wasn't too sad She's on to meOur 14 year old protagonist Travis comes of age when his father leaves him to be the man of the house while he does a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas Gipson's frontiersy narrative and dialogue feels right sounds right for a book written for children in the 1950s about life in West Texas in the late 1860s My memories of the movie are hazy but it seems that the film action follows closely to the written word action and while there is definitely sadness in the passing of Old Yeller it doesn't feel like maudlin melancholy As an eight year old it is the kind of book I would want to read about such weighty subjects as death grieving living When I finished reading it I handed the novel to my daughter and said It's not so sad You'll like it She's read the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series This book is a layupWhen traveling my daughter often sees me reading on a Kindle or an iPad She knows I am reading a book she also knows that I prefer to read a physical copy rather than an E but that our luggage can only accommodate so many books here in Florida I've been walking around with Women and Men like a KJV Bible clutched heavily to my chest She asks when she will be able to read a book on the iPad; I know that in her lifetime a library will be as much of an anachronism as if I had a shelf of VHS tapes but I want to hold out for as long as I can and help her to experience the tactile enjoyment of the tree book over the ebook This paperback copy of Old Yeller is 60 years old in decent shape and is only just showing the ravages of time with yellowing paper and crackling spine glue While reading the book I hand it to my daughter and ask her to flip the pages under her nose and breath in She does so smiles You'll never get that from an ebook I tell her I hope she remembers this

  5. Lynne King Lynne King says:

    “Now Travis’ he said “you’re getting to be a big boy and while I’m gone you’ll be the man of the family I want you to act like one You take care of mama and Little Arliss You look after the work and don’t wait around for your mama to point out what needs to be done Think you can do that?”“Yessir” I saidHis father had to go away to get some “cash money” by selling his steer But the boy wanted a horse The upshot being that if he acted as a man when his father was away he would be rewarded with his wish upon his father’s returnAnd on that note his father left with the other steer herders and they went off to the cattle market in Kansas to return in the fallI acuired this book on another whim I wanted something “light” to read and I read an excellent review by Jim on Goodreads so decided this was the book for me and a uick light read too How surprised I was when I started reading it and found out what a gem well in fact it’s of a gem it’s a diamond and I absolutely loved itHere we are in Texas in the late 1860s to find the settlers who indeed had their work cut out for them in order to survive and bring up their families I’m terrified of snakes here in France but to think of the wide selection of animals that could be found there on an everyday basis bobcats bears wolves panthers rattlers hogs coons etc plus the odd raiding Indians I’m not at all surprised that the settlers would naturally have dogs as guard dogs if nothing else I believe that I would have either stayed indoors all the time playing the helpless female or look for a good man who wanted to settle in safer climes But still in the 1860s I would imagine that a woman’s lot was a hard one and she had very little choice in life; certainly nothing like the 21st century career women with choices galore if they want to take advantage of itThe I read about fourteen year old Travis’ family mama and papa of course and five year old Arliss known as Little Arliss and what a terror he was constantly causing problems the I became engrossed in this exciting poignant adventurous and yet magical book There was the constant thrill of their life be it with an element of death living around the corner living in a log cabin that the parents had built in a place that they named Birdsong CreekWhen Travis loses his beloved dog Bell in a rather nasty way he swears he’ll never have another one even though his father said that it essential for the safety of their daily lives I know how he felt When I lost my five year old black Labrador Jasper to a dreadful end I also swore no I’ll never ever have another dog That emotional pain and the memories I would never consider again I can euate this to childbirth My mother told my father after the birth of my elder brother no children one’s enough but still she went on to have three children So Travis although not wanting another dog unsuspectingly does end up with one and serendipitously too when one morning he finds Little Arliss playing with this ugly dog in their drinking water Travis is furious and remembers his father telling him when he loses Bell to get another dog and Travis is adamant in that he won’t have it Nevertheless his mother is clever for when his father is away at the cattle market 600 miles away with Travis ostensibly in charge albeit under her watchful eye she persuades him to let Little Arliss have the dog for company as he will be alone so much as she and Travis will be too busy to play with him So Travis begrudgingly agrees and slowly begins to love Old Yeller and what a blessing this dog turned out to be I actually had a lump in my throat from time to time as I continued reading this book“We called him Old Yeller The name had a sort of double meaning One part meant that his short hair was a dingy yellow a color that we called “yeller” in those days The other meant that when he opened his head a strange turn of phase; the sound he let out came closer to being a yell than a bark”We live through the “trials and tribulations” of the family and Old Yeller surviving involvements with bears and hogs and some of those sections were uite gruesomeI was amused when I saw that the family ate suirrel because they used to do that here about fifty years ago I live here in France in “rusticana” about forty miles from a city and this is a land of hunters and fishermen so I could truly relate to this bookAlso the medicinal aspects were interesting for example in that when the mother used poultices for wounds she prepared “mashed up prickly pear root to draw out the poison” and also horse’s hair for stitching up wounds as it was ostensibly the bestLisbeth who came to help out the family latterly when Travis gets involved in an accident is a strange girl but she turns out well in the end and as for Old Yeller what a fabulous find he turned out to be; saving the family on various occasions from some possibly very unfortunate outcomes I could just continue in this vein The truly sad part is when hydrophobia rabies I guess strikes and does the family suffer in that regardI initially thought that Old Yeller was the catalyst in this book but it is indeed the horse as Travis through sheer hard work progresses through the early stages of manhood The horse will be his ultimate reward when he has proved himself to be a man The ultimate test for this incredible young man and was I impressedThis is an excellent read for all ages I have the Kindle version and I’m now going to order a hardback copy so that I can browse through it as will be my want from time to timeThis is an absolutely super read and my only regret is that I would have loved to have read it as a child

  6. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    Let me say first that some love this book and to be fair I never read it except to get an idea of the story You will find in my books low ratings for Black Beauty The Yearling Old Yeller and any books that have the pain of life motif in common By the way this includes Cold Mountain Look up my review and you'll see I try to give recognition that it's well written but just not a book I can like And these ratings are how I feel and what I think of these books Some will say how they love these books and how possibly there was just no other way to realistically end the story I grew up in the Smokies and without going over my childhood I had 2 dogs killedshot I've lived through the loss of beloved animals beloved people and beloved relationshipsI don't need a novel that leads me through what pain is If a book is of the life is tough and then you die school it's going to get a down check from me While fiction does instruct there are some lessons I learned from life I don't need to have them rehashed in leisure time activitiesThis bookmovie I know but in this case I'll lump them together scarred me and I suspect other young people Ask anyone who has loved a dog an animal if the fact that you get a new puppy after you had to kill the dog makes up for it Maybe this book is well written I sometimes suspect that many if not most of the people who come to love books like this maybe haven't gone through that pain in life If you have and you still love this work well good I can not say that

  7. Calista Calista says:

    Amazing There is a reason this book is such a classic I cried at the end What a dog that Yeller A frontier family survive with the help of this scoundrel dog This book is so grounded and down to earth They had a lot of ingenuity living on the land as they did I appreciated how Fred handled the emotions of the characters Everything and everyone felt so real I felt like they were living and breathing Travis's emotional arch is touching This is a work of art it really is I'm so glad I gave this a go You should too

  8. Catherine Catherine says:

    What I mean is things like that happen They may seem mighty cruel and unfair but that's how life is a part of the time But that isn't the only way life is A part of the time it's mighty good And a man can't afford to waste all the good parts worrying about the bad parts That makes it all bad you understand?This book totally exceeded my expectations My favourite thing about it was the narrative style it really felt like I was sitting with the protagonist Travis while he was giving me a first hand account of what life was like with Old Yeller I also laughed out loud at certain parts mainly the ones having to do with Travis's five year old brother Arlis and admittedly shed a tear at the end It was really nice to see Travis progressively take such a liking to Old Yeller after initially being so averse to the whole idea of taking him in as their family's dogThis is such a heartwarming story and if you're into books about animals you definitely need to read this 

  9. Jackson Burnett Jackson Burnett says:

    This review is for mothers and fathers of sons written by a man with no children Forgive my presumptuousness but please don't let my lack of experience stop you from reading Here's the story of Old Yeller Daddy Mama young son and early teenage son live as a family on the Texas frontier To provide for the family Daddy has to go on a cattle drive to Kansas Before he leaves Daddy takes the oldest son aside and tells him he is going to have to be the man of the house since Daddy will be gone the next few monthsWhen you get to this anachronistic charge you may be tempted to throw the book down and dismiss the entire book as patriarchal and condescending If you have sons keep reading You might even consider having your sons read this book In truth Old Yeller is the timeless story of the journey a boy goes through to become a man I get tired of encountering men who don't know what it means to be a man who don't speak the truth who don't keep their word who show no respect who look for the easy way out who show no backbone and have few principles In short men who refuse to accept responsibility I suspect these men have been shielded from hard and unpleasant tasks and by being so protected they fail to learn to do the right thing regardless of its difficultyI have seen Old Yeller on film two or three times and had read the book in years past multiple times I thought I was ready I really didLast Sunday I put my faithful dog to sleepIt was the right and merciful thing to doIt still broke my heart

  10. Sara Sara says:

    Read this when I was about ten years old Hoping to visit it again so adding it to my books so that I won't forget

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