Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Brief Overview of Where the Red Fern Grows

An Indiana resident, Dave Chupp owns a dog-breeding facility where he raises purebred pups for new homes. An avid reader, Dave Chupp likes to spend his time away from work reading historical novels and childhood favorites, like Where the Red Fern Grows.

A classic tale by Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows has won numerous literary awards. It follows the journey of a young boy named Billy who grew up during hard times, but after saving enough money, could afford to buy a pair of dogs. He and his pets, Old Dan and Little Ann, became a hunting trio that excelled in tracking and killing raccoons and other game. At the same time that word of their achievement spread throughout the region, Billy faced numerous challenges that later taught him about hope as well as overcoming obstacles.

Where the Red Fern Grows was reprinted by Yearling in 1996. The 208-page novel has been acclaimed by Common Sense Media, the School Library Journal, the Arizona Daily Star, and the Huffington Post. The New York Times Book Review described it as “a rewarding book,” while Kirkus Reviews stated that it was “a book of unadorned naturalness.” The publication was also made into a film.