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. Perhaps it is the combination of excellent writing and the sensitivity to human emotions that recommend it so highly and may place it on a shelf with the classics in juvenile literature. - Saturday Review of Literature
I loved this book as a child and remember crying at the end. I couldn't get my 12 year old son to read it (I tried from 10 years on). Neither of my boys read it. I wonder if the slow pace is too slow in our instant world? It's a beautiful story and an interesting glimpse into families in the past. I rate this up there with the Laura Ingall's books.
Always a good story. From age 6 to 106 this is an enduring book of a boy and his best friend, a dog, a child, & pure love for each other. A classic. I can read it over & over & cry every time! Best story of the 20th century!
Travis Coates was fourteen years old when his pa left to join with a band of neighbors and herd their steers to Abilene and get cash money. Before he left, his pa put him in charge of things and told him to take care of his ma and Arliss while he was away. That was a big job for a fourteen year old boy in Texas in the 1860s. Then along came that old yeller dogbig and ugly. Travis wanted no part of the stray and tried to run him off. But Arliss wanted that dog and he stayed. In no time Travis realized that he couldnt do without Old Yeller. He helped herd the cows, hunt the game and kept Arliss out of trouble. He even saved Travis life from a herd of wild hogs. Yeller was one of the family. When the community had to deal with an outbreak of rabies, Travis was forced to make a decision that turned him into a man overnight.
Just about everyone has watched the Walt Disney movie about Old Yeller. While it is a great film, if you havent read the book, you are missing out. This classic book is as good today as it was in 1956. A story for every person who has ever loved a dogOld Yeller delivers. Read it out loud to your kids. They will love it.