©1956 Fred Gipson; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
"There is something special in the telling of this story which makes it more than just a tender account of a boy's love for his dog, and more than a tale of frontier days. It is the combination of excellent writing and the sensitivity to human emotions that places it on a shelf with the classics." (Saturday Review of Literature)
"Exciting and heartwarming indeed. Recommended for adults and teenagers." (Library Journal)
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
If a book has an animal in it: Bingo! It's for me! And "Old Yeller" is just as rough 'n' tumble, just as slobbery sweet, just as beautiful as I remember it being.
Yes, it's heartbreaking, but it goes beyond that. It's about friendship, and how tough people used to be; it's about making bonds, and the strength and resilience of the human heart.
If you want a story about a boy and his dog, playing, without a care in the world--this book is not for you.
If you want a story about a boy and his dog, going beyond survival in a tough world, all because of a true and pure love--please, please, give this book a chance.
And if, chances are, you read this as a youngun', treat yourself to another listen: Beauty is timeless, and we never stop growing up...
I love the old children classics. This is my taste. I read "The Tailors Daughter" that was so boring and not my personality. I think I need to stick to the children's books.
Great story that captured the heart of my son.
Old Yeller was the best character. Although he had no spoken lines, he was the heart of the story. He displayed loyalty, courage and love and even some comic relief and a touch of mischief.
For a child with dyslexia, the reader adds support as he reads along with the story. My son would not have experienced the story at all without the support of the reader. He would not have had the confidence to read a book of that length without the audio.
The only thing that kept my son from reading/listening in one sitting was bed time.
You felt as if you were a part of the story which made listening extremely enjoyable.
When Old Yeller became sick and you knew what was going to happen to him.
History & Political Science Major
As a father of two boys under 10, I am always on the look-out for stories that focus on what is important in life. Old Yeller is a terrific coming of age story which is a must read for all boys younger than 14. Travis represents a boy of yesteryear who would have been a common commodity of the time, but today, extremely under represented. The character Travis represents a boy with strong work ethic, principles, loyalty, love of family, personal responsibility & accountablitiy, and ultimately love of a dog. Travis' relationship with Yeller goes beyond a simple relationship with a dog who helps the family survive during precarious times and precarious circumstances. I found myself pausing during certain intervals of the book to explain to my boys some of the deeper meaning of many of the decisions made by Travis. My sons looked forward to the daily commute and we listened to this book within one week.
Married, Mother of 3 children, RN, loves the outdoors and music of all kinds. Audio books are my new addiction.
Yes, it's one of the classics....you have to read (or listen to Old Yeller at least once)
(Spoiler alert) My son says... "when the dog dies, you definitely don't forget that"
"It made me cry"...per the son. I say if you read this book and don't cry there is something seriously wrong with you.
My son says he would have liked it better if there was a happier ending.
I would recommend this to anyone who has to get this read! It worked!
I remember reading this many years ago as a boy, then seeing the movie. It's a special experience that has stayed with me all the years. I gambled on the audio book looking to revisit those simpler times...and I was pleasantly surprised. Well done!
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