Old Yeller by Fred GipsonOld 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.

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...
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


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Moral Great lesson and sad story.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Old Yeller I really liked this book. I've never read it and even though I'm sixteen and this book is meant for 10-12 year olds, I found it refreshing to have some light reading. I found Old Yeller charming, there were some parts where I laughed, and at the end I cried, there are tear marks on the page...it was heartbreaking. I recommend it for kids, for others consider it light reading and take a peek.
Date published: 2008-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Loved It I just finished reading Old Yeller and I loved it. It is a story about the love between a boy, Travis, and his dog Old Yeller. It was great, I recommend it to girls and boys ages 11-13.
Date published: 2001-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old Yeller This book must be the best EVER written. It's a must-read and I promise that you'll never forget this riveting tale of a boy and his dog. It's filled with love, action, drama, and everything that the perfect book could ever have. I loved this book, my face was glued to the pages as fate took it's place, I laughed and I cryed, and no matter how hard anyone tried, they couldn't get me to put it down. This book is beyond the rating of 5, WAY beyond! I can't find words to describe how good this is. Even the manliest of men like me will cry at this exciting story. It's the best book ever, you might even say that it's more fun than killing mocking birds. To sum it all up: YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!! If you don't, then you're missing the finest piece of art ever, if I could choose to be stranded on an island with a pocket knife and one other thing, it would be this book. I want to be buried with this book. If you don't read this, even if you've seen the movie, if you don't read this, then you might as well have never lived.
Date published: 2000-04-13

From Our Editors

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.

Editorial Reviews

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