I am back to reviewing books!
Where the Red Fern grows is a book written by Wilson Rawls and it has 282 pages. My copy was published by Yearling adventures. It has over seven million copies in print.
This is a story about a boy named Billy who lived in the countryside in a beautiful valley in Ozark Mountains,near Illinois river. He badly wanted a dog when he was 10 years old but not any common dog, he wanted Hounds, two good hunting hounds.
He asked his parents but they refused since it was too expensive and they didn’t have that kind of money. Now here is the twist in the story. On the banks of the river Illinois, fishermen came annually and they often left things like magazine, fish poles, fish lines etc after they move on.
One day, he found a magazine there. He read something heart stopping in it. He read an ad for the sale of two hound pups for $25 each. This ad changed his life.
He started saving money to buy the hounds.He sold fish and vegetables to people. Finally after two years,he saved $50 and he got the pups.
He trained the dogs. For him no path was too tough and no task was too long. Soon they became hunting champion. They also participated in a hunting competition and won.
One day, unfortunately, a mountain lion attacked Billy. The two loyal dogs saved his life. The male dog, which he named Old Dan, died and female dog which he named Little Ann died too some time later due to heart-break.
Billy was very sad. He buried them at the same place close to each other. His parents decided to move to another city to give Billy better education.
When Billy visited one final time to the graves to say good-bye to his beloved dogs, he noticed that a Red Fern is growing there. It was widely believed that Red Fern were planted by angels.
The title of the books says where the red fern grows and I’ll tell you where the red fern grew. It grew right on OLD DAN AND LITTLE ANN!!
A beautiful book!!