Old Yeller

by Fred Gipson

Paper Book, 2001



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PB Gip




New York : Perennial Classics, 2001.


Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML: Awarded the Newbery HonorWhen a novel like Huckleberry Finn, or The Yearling, comes along it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the respouse it evokes in the reader. Such a book, we submit, is Old Yeller; to read this eloquently simple story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience. When his father sets out on a cattle drive for the summer, fourteen-year-old Travis is left to take care of his family and their farm, and he faces new, unanticipated and often perilous responsibilities in the wilderness of early fronteir Texas. But Travis is not alone. He finds help and comfort in the courage and unwavering love of the stray animal who comes to be his most loyal and very best friend: the big yellow dog Travis calls "Old Yeller." An enduring and award-winning American classic, Fred Gipson's Old Yeller stands as one of the most beloved novels ever produced in this country, and one that will live in the hearts and minds of readers for generations to come..… (more)


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132 p.; 21 cm

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LibraryThing member Sean191
It seems there are only a few times that American society generally holds it acceptable for men to cry. When you discard being kicked in the crotch or having your favorite team win the Super bowl, you're left with reading the end of Old Yeller.
LibraryThing member Molly1221
It is an old story,a boy named Travis Coates ,and his father needs to leave the house because of the family livelihood,so,all of the heavy responsbility which he should carry.
one day,therer is a big dog in his house'door,and still stay there.Then,Travis has to feed it,but he doesn't want to do
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that.After somethings,the dog named Yeller not noly saved his life,but teached him a lot of useful things.
So,throgh this story,we know some truth.first,we must learn to how to be a responsility person;second,we should learn to be brave;and third,we have to know,not everything has a good end,but we should strive.
I think this story is a good choice for everyone,especially for families,they will be cry,as well as laugh,together.It is very touching when you read it,of course,i will watch a movie about it.
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LibraryThing member Hengyi
This book is written about an old dog. The dog is smart, honest, and patient. The dog gave the main character's family special experience. They work together and play togeter. This book moved me. Before i feed a dog. It's very smart too. I love it, and it brought a lot of fan to me. But it is a
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pity that it lost. I like reading this book.
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LibraryThing member Stbalbach
This is a great story which is somewhere between children's fantasy and adult realistic novel. Some of the events are hard to believe from an adult perspective but for a 14 year old Travis Coates anything is possible. The dramatic ending sticks with you, and for good reason, the whole book builds
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up to it. There is death, near death and foreshadowing of death from the start. It is a fable about mortality, but also renewal and focusing on the good things, not the bad. From a literary perspective it has a fair amount of authentic grammar from 19th century frontier farm life, I learned some new words.
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LibraryThing member ctpress
A classic story about a boy Travis and his beloved dog. It’s not love at first sight, rather hate at first site, but soon the ugly, but clever dog wins the heart of everyone - and even manage to save the boys life.

As in Ingalls Wilders prairie stories you really have a good sense of the harsh
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realities in the farmhouse, a family where the 14 year old kid/man has to take responsibility as the father is away on a long cattle drive.

Peter Francis James reading with a slow deep southern accent is excellent.

A Newbery Honor book
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LibraryThing member nicole-king
Old yeller is a vagrant dog. He is old and always yelling.
LibraryThing member renderedtruth
I have not read the book but the movie made such an impact o me when I was a kid I feel like I have. I can't watch it anymore but it was a movie that always touched me whenever I had a chance to see it.
LibraryThing member kdominic46
Old Yeller is a story of a dog who was found by a boy named Travis eating his family's meat. Travis and his family hated the dog at first but came to love him in the end when Old Yeller saves them mutiple times. One day Travis is told about a deadly disease going around killing people and animals
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called hydrophobia. During one of thier adventures Old Yeller is bitten by a wolf with hydrophobia and Travis is told to shoot his dog. Travis thinks theres a possibility that Old Yeller won't get it.
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LibraryThing member susanbevans
Fred Gipson's Old Yeller - another classic I missed when I was a child. Travis is a boy on the verge of manhood in 1800's Texas, when Old Yeller enters his life. Although Travis doesn't see the dog's worth right away, he eventually grows to love Yeller. When the story came to it's inevitable tragic
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end, it had me crying like a baby.

The story of Old Yeller is touching, and the love and loyalty that the characters have for each other, will stay with you long after you've put the book down. It's easy to see why this book has endured through the years to become a perennial children's classic.
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LibraryThing member stephanie123
Old Yeller is a very good book. The main charactors are Travis, his brother, and his parents.
LibraryThing member dbhutch
I have always wanted to read this book .
This book is about Travis who is left to take care of his Mama and little brother while his father and the other men of the village go on a long cattle drive.
While his father is gone a old mangy dog shows up and steals the meat they have left .... Arliss
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his little brother wants to keep the dog. Travis is not keen on keeping him but soon the dog he calls Old Yeller is helping him with everything and saves him and his brothers, Mama, and a friend Lisbeth's lives.
When the dog is attacked by a wolf that is sick, Travis has to put the dog down and he is heart broken ... Papa comes back the next day with a horse for Travis.
This is a very touching story i am glad i read it.
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LibraryThing member cindylansdale
In probably about 1967, I can remember that my grandparents drove from Vinson, OK to Altus (about 50 miles) on a Saturday night and we all went to the “show” I was probably about 7 years old. We went and saw the movie Old Yeller.
That was my first contact with this book, even though back then it
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wasn’t especially in a book form. This is a wonderful book. And just like the movie. Travis tries to be the man of the house while his dad is away for the summer on a cattle drive. He’s very young and he’s forced to make adult decisions and choices. He tries to help his mother with the household chores that normally his dad would do as well as look after his little brother Arlis, who is always getting into some type of mischief. This was a hard time for people, and through the characters in this book we can see how hard the times actually were. This is a heart wrenching story about coming of age.
As a teacher I could use this book, in a lot of different areas, history, reading assignment, maybe even choose vocabulary words from each chapter as it was assigned and read. This would be a great book for a read out loud after lunch time or to read as a group read and use it for both reading and/or vocabulary. I have talked to some other upper grade teachers that have said that they love reading this book to their students because, it is such a good book, and even the boys cry.
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LibraryThing member CaMc0506
this book is really good, but it made me cry. I don't like to cry.
LibraryThing member caltstatt
This story is told by Travis, a young teenage boy who is left to man the house and homestead while his father drives cattle north to market. He lives with his mother and younger brother, Arliss, who is five. Travis faces many dangers while his father is gone, but Old Yeller is there to save all of
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their lives. Old Yeller showed up one morning after eating all their meat hanging outside and Travis tries to run him off. Little Arliss took right to Old Yeller though and wanted to keep him. Travis doesn't like having the dog around until he saves little Arliss from a mad momma bear. Then he helps Travis tame an ornery milk cow and save his life when Travis is torn up by some hogs. Hydrophobia is going around the territory and Travis was scared to death of it, but must shoot their bull and milk cow because of it. His momma and a neighbor girl and burning the carcasses when a loan wolf tries to attack them, but is thwarted by Old Yeller. Travis is able to shoot the wolf and then realizes Old Yeller would have contracted the disease as well and has to shoot him as well. It was a detrimental thing for Travis.

I have seen this movie many times, but had never read the book until now. They are very similar, but I found my heart racing as I read through the dangers. School age kids love this story and can relate to it where I live. This is why it's a great book to read to a class.
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LibraryThing member BookloverA
very sad but tought valuable life lessons, would recommend
LibraryThing member aduckwiler
Summary: This book is about a dog who earns his right to be a member of the family he finds. The book tells how the family and the dog met and of the experience they share from meeting all the way up to the oldest boy having to kill the dog. The dog helps hunt for food, take care of the crops, and
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heard the farm animals. There is also a couple occasions where the dog steps up and fights off a dangerous wild animal to save one of his family members.

Personal: I read this book growing up and still found it to be an enjoyable book. There is so many different emotions displayed in this book and so much love. I just find it to be a good story with a lot to keep the reader interested.

1) Book report
2) Have the students select their favorite chapter and discuss in small groups their thoughts on the chapter as well as what other outcomes could have occured.
3) Have each student rewrite the ending to this story. (Up to the point where the boy has to kill Old Yeller).
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LibraryThing member GTTexas
Finally got around to reading this. A great read for children AND adults!
LibraryThing member JoMi0213
This very emotional story will make you cry like a baby. I could not put it down after the first chapter.
LibraryThing member ChrisAdonn
This might well be the first book I ever read (I'm not sure) . I was about ten at the time and i remember laughing and crying and everything in between.
LibraryThing member debnance
Do they get any sadder than this story? It's the story of a family, trying to survive in the wilds of 1870 Texas while the head-of-the-household is off herding cattle, who takes up with an old ugly mutt. The older son, Travis, is trying to protect his mother and little brother from wild bulls and
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boar coons and bears and sickness and hunger. In the process the family comes to love an old good-for-nothing dog. (And you know what happens....I'm not giving anything away, right?) The death of Old Yeller has to be one of the most painful scenes in childhood literature.
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LibraryThing member AmeliaPainter
This is a classic that I've had in my library for years!
LibraryThing member Tylerballer5
This is one of my most favorite books of all time. Because its funny its also very sad. Well it starts out this boys dad was going to war so the dad told him he was the man of the house.So later on in the book theres a dog that is chasing a rabbit and he startles on of their horses.The boy was
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planting seed on their farm when the dog startled the horse it started running and it tore down the whole fence. The boy was being dragged by the horse and.......to find out what happens next read Old Yeller by Fred Gipson.
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LibraryThing member gabriella_26
This book is a very good story that I couldn't stop reading my heart was thumping the whole book and I loved every minute of it
LibraryThing member zeebreez
Gipson, Fred. Old Yeller. New York: Scholastic, 1956. This novel is about boy that learns to take care of his family while his father is away on a cattle run. He learns to mature into a young man as he goes through challenges running the farm. He gains a friend when he takes in a big yellow dog.
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The dog helps him with the wild animials that he comes across. In the end he faces the toughest challenge that really proves he has matured. The scenes in this book are so well written and keep you on the edge of your seat. This is a good book to read aloud to young students. Age group: 7-12 years.
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LibraryThing member lchs.mrso
Fred Gibson wrote an interesting story called “Old Yeller.” In his story a young man named Travis is left to watch over his family and be the man of the house while his dad is off moving cattle up the country and won’t return for one year. Soon a stray yellow dog shows up and steals food from
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the family and Travis wants to beat the dog for his crime. However, Travis’s little brother comes to the dogs rescue and begs his mom to stop him. His little brother then asks the mom if he can keep it, his mom reluctantly agrees. The story continues with amazing events where the dog rescues the family and touches the family’s heart. Then this seemingly happy tail takes a turn for the worst when a man came to his house and warns him of a deadly disease. Subtle signs of the disease begin to pop up until their live stock is affected by this terrifying disease. The story ends the death of the big yellow dog, but a lesson of manhood.
This book is a short tail fit for most reading levels and I would recommend this classic to anyone. If someone were looking for the book, it has a picture of a happy looking yellow dog on the cover and a boy sitting of an old fence.
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