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