“After the last shovel of dirt was patted in place, I sat down and let my mind drift back through the years. I thought of the old K.C. Baking Powder can, and the first time I saw my pups in the box at the depot. I thought of the fifty dollars, the nickels and dimes, and the fisherman and blackberry patches. I looked at his grave and, with tears in my eyes, I voiced these words: “You were worth it, old friend, and a thousand times over.”” ~Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
With a question I posed on a social media site about dogs willing themselves to die, a good friend suggested I read Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Having to deal with the fact that my dog is doing just this, I downloaded this book and began to read. The book just validated my belief that dogs can will themselves to die.
This book review on Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is about a young boy’s journey to own his own set of coon hounds to hunt with. He saved his money and was able to purchase two dogs. The story follows Billy and his two dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann, on their journey of hunting, understanding, and love.
Published in 1961, this novel has been read by many people over the years. It is a timeless story of determination and love, especially in a young boy who has set his mind to wanting something. Wilson Rawls captures the essence of what loving unconditionally means and this book will take you on an emotional roller coaster. The book is written in first person, which I am not a fan of, but it works for this storyline.
Joy, Pain, Determination, Anger, Trust, Understanding, and Love are just a few emotions you will read and feel throughout this book. This story gave me hope in knowing that my dog will always love me even if he is ready to leave this world. It helps you understand the connection a true owner has with their dog(s) and how that connection speaks clearly even when words are not spoken.
I give Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls 5 out of 5 Bookmarks, Dear Bloggites. If you have not read it, pick it up and be prepared to have your heart changed by a boy and his dogs.