Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Old Yeller

byFred Gipson

Paperback | December 23, 2003

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A timeless American classic and one of the most beloved children’s books ever written, Old Yeller is a Newbery Honor Book that explores the poignant and unforgettable bond between a boy and the stray dog who becomes his loyal friend.

When his father sets out on a cattle drive toward Kansas for the summer, fourteen-year-old Travis Coates is left to take care of his family and their farm. Living in Texas Hill Country during the 1860s, Travis comes to face new, unanticipated, and often perilous responsibilities in the frontier wilderness.

A particular nuisance is a stray yellow dog that shows up one day and steals food from the family. But the big canine who Travis calls “Old Yeller” proves his worth by defending the family from danger. And Travis ultimately finds help and comfort in the courage and unwavering love of the dog who comes to be his very best friend.

Fred Gipson’s novel is an eloquently simple story that is both exciting and deeply moving. It stands alongside works like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Where The Red Fern Grows, and Shiloh as a beloved and enduring classic of literature. Originally published in 1956 to instant acclaim, Old Yeller later inspired a hit film from Walt Disney. Just as Old Yeller inevitably makes his way into the Coates family’s hearts, this book will find its own special place in readers’ hearts.

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With Old Yeller,Fred Gipson secured his place as one of the finest novelists in America. The book was published to instant acclaim and has become one of the most beloved children's classics ever written. Since its publication in 1956, Old Yeller has won countless awards, including the 1957 Newbery Honor. Mr. Gipson's other works includ...
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Title:Old YellerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.4 inPublished:December 23, 2003Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064403823

ISBN - 13:9780064403825

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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They are known as man's best friend, but dogs are often also a boy's best friend. This is never more evident than in the moving story of a boy and his dog during the frontier days in the Texas hill country. Readers will get an in-depth look at life in early frontier America.

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“The combination of excellent writing and the sensitivity to human emotions places it on a shelf with the classics in juvenile literature.”