Where the Red Fern Grows


Bibliographic Information: Rawls, W. Where the Red Fern Grows. (1961). New York: Yearling.

Brief Annotation: Billy is the son of a farmer in the Ozark Mountains during the depression, and when he has saved up enough money, he buys two hunting hounds, Old Dan and Little Ann.  Together, they hunt a great many raccoons and win a large local tournament, but then tragedy strikes during an encounter with a mountain lion.  However, the legend of the red fern comes true.

Genre: Free Choice (Chapter)

Grade Level: 4-6

Readers who will like this: Students who like heartwarming tales or reading about the successes of people around their age.

Rating/Response: 5. I absolutely loved this book.  It has a great message, and there is quite a bit for students to learn.  This would make a great read aloud.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever saved up your money to buy something you really wanted?  How did it feel?

Posted by: Iliya Hoffert


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