Where the Red Fern Grows report
Where the Red Fern Grows is the story about a boy named Billy Coleman, his coonhounds and his family. The story shows Billyís determination, how responsible he is, his love for his dogs and his family, and his belief in God. It is also a book full of adventures of a boy and his dogs.
Billy lives on a farm in the Ozark Mountains of Oklahoma. He wants two good coonhounds so badly but his Papa canít afford to buy them for him. It is the Depression and many families are poor. Billy and his sisters donít even go to school. Billy knows that if he wants these dogs, he must find a way to get them himself. He finds a magazine. An ad says that a kennel is selling coonhound puppies for $25.00 each. Billy is determined that these are the dogs he wants. He decides to save money by selling bait to fishermen and picking berries and skinning hides for his Grandpaís store. He puts the twenty-three cents he already has into an old K.C. Baking Powder can. He works really hard and saves every penny he makes. It takes him two years of working and saving and he finally has the fifty dollars that he needs. Billy tells his Grandpa about his savings. Grandpa is very proud of him. He promises to order the dogs for him. He gives him a big helping of candy from his store. Billy takes the candy home and shares it with his three sisters.
After two weeks, Grandpa tells Billy that his dogs are in but they are 32 miles away in the town of Talhquah. It will take two more weeks for the dogs to get to him. Billy canít wait. He sneaks off in the middle of the night to go to town and pick up his dogs. He walks all the way. When he gets to the Post Office, he picks up his pups and canít believe that they belong to him. He puts them in his gunny sack and starts to go into town. The pups cost $45.00, saving Billy $5.00. He decides to spend the money on gifts for his family.
When Billy is in town, he sees a lot of children playing in a playground. There is a big building near the playground. It is a school. Itís the first time Billy has ever seen a school. The kids look at this ďhillbillyĒ and start pointing and laughing at him. Billy feels very bad. A bell rings and all the kids go into the school. Billy plays in the playground for a while. Then he goes into a store and buys gifts for his family. He starts his journey home, and some kids start pulling on his gunny sack, and the pups are very scared. He already loves his pups and no one is going to hurt them. He starts defending his pups and the kids beat him up. A Marshall shows up, breaks up the fight and gives [next page]