Where The Red Fern Grows

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  • Where The Red Fern Grows Illustrated by Zachary DePalmo
  • Written By: Wilson Rawls
  • Hey!  Leave that dog alone, go away!
  • Don't worry, I'll take care of you.
  • Bye!!!!
  • Where The Red Fern Grows is a story about a boy named Billy and his dogs, Old Dan and Little Annie.  Billy learns about hard work, determination and loyalty, when his goes become his best friends.   As he trains he trains his dogs to hunt, he doesn't give up even when life is hard.  In the end, Billy realizes these dogs will change him forever.
  • Hmm.... I really want some hunting hounds
  • One day as Billy was walking through town, he sees a dog running from other dogs that are trying to hurt it.
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  • I know that it will take a while, but I could save my money.
  • Billy carries the dog home so he can help him.  He cleans him up and feeds him.
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  • It's going to take me 2 years to make that much money.
  • I know that it will take a while, but I could save my money.
  • Once you have the money, I will order your dogs for you.
  • After Billy takes care of the dog, he says goodbye to him and sets him free, out into the woods.
  • It's going to take me 2 years to make that much money.
  • No way..I'm not waiting 2 more weeks! 
  • 2 YEARS LATER!!!!!  But it will still be 2 weeks before they get here.
  • Once you have the money, I will order your dogs for you.
  • Later that night, Billy thought about getting two hunting dogs. But he knew that they would cost at least $75 each.
  • A few stressful days later, Billy sees an ad in the newspaper, saying that he could get two hunting dogs if he saved his money.
  • I'm so excited to train you guys!
  • Billy worked for two years selling all sorts of stuff and doing chores.  Billy finally has the money to get the dogs so he goes to his grandpa's store.  
  • Straight after, he went to his grandpa's store to see if he would order them for him and he said yes.  Billy's grandfather tells him he has to order the dogs and it will take 2 weeks to get them.
  • I'm so excited to train you guys!
  • Billy decided he couldn't wait two weeks, so he ran up into the mountains to get the dogs himself.
  • I'm coming dogs!!!
  • After walking for miles and hours, he is headed home with his new dogs!
  • Finally, Billy has his dogs and is ready to train them. He names the girl Little Ann and the boy Old Dan.  Everything is going great!
  • I'm coming dogs!!!
  • Billy knew some kids from town named Rainie and Ruben, who had a dog named Blue.  One day, Billy bet them he could catch a coon and succeeded. Rainie tried to kill the coon himself, but Billy wouldn't let him so Rainie and Ruben got mad and tried to kill Billy and his dogs.
  • AHHH!!
  • There's a hunting competition for coons? Maybe that can help you get back on track of hunting,
  • There's a hunting competition for coons? Maybe that can help you get back on track of hunting,
  • Ok! That sounds fun.
  • Ok! That sounds fun.
  • We should seriously go back now.
  • No! We have to stay or else we'll be disqualified!
  • Ruben was trying to get to the coon and dogs, Billy trips him to stop him. Ruben falls on the ax and dies after it stuck in his stomach. Their dog Blue also died  after a savage attack from Dan and Annie.  In shock, Rainie runs away screaming in horror at what has happened. This event disturbed Billy deeply and he decided he never wanted to hunt again.
  • A few days later, Billy's grandpa tells him about a raccoon hunting competition. Billy gets excited and decides to go.
  • Poor Dan...
  • At the competition, a blizzard hits in the middle of Billy's hunting.  While his grandpa and his dad want to go, Billy wants to stay because he will get disqualified if he leaves.
  • When Billy got back to camp he was shocked at what he saw. He had won it by default. Everyone else had given up because of the horrible blizzard. He won both the trophy and the money, all because he had the willl to keep going!
  • On a later hunt, Dan and Ann were hunting what they thought was raccoon. They found out  it was a mountain lion. Together they fought hard and finally won, but they both suffered from severe injuries. Billy hurried home so he could take care of the dogs.
  • Using the money from the competition, we got a new house in the city!
  • Once they got back home, it wasn't looking good for Old Dan. Billy knew he was dead. But, before he died, Old Dan gave one small wag of his tail. Billy cried until he couldn't cry any more. He knew he still had Little Ann, but the fact that Old Dan had given his life for Billy made Billy know he lost a man's best friend.
  • A few nights later, Billy was trying to find Little Ann. His mom told him that she slept in the yard. When he went back there, it seemed like Little Ann wasn't alive but Billy was relieved when he saw she was breathing. Although she was, something about her wasn't right.
  • Back at the house, Billy realized that although Little Ann was alive, she was lifeless. The whole time that he had the dogs, they were so loyal that they wouldn't do anything without the other..... not even eat. This  just shows they both lived up to that rule.
  • Back at the house, Billy's dad tells him about a house that he bought in town using the money from the competition. This has always been his mom and dad's dream so Billy was satisfied with their decision.
  • On moving day, Bill went up to say goodbye to his dogs. While he was there, he saw a plant and wondered who would dare plant something at his beloved dogs' grave site. Before he swung his ax, he remembered something that shocked him.
  • Mama! Papa! You have to see this!
  • The plant Billy almost cut down was a Red Fern. Billy remembered a story he heard, which he thought was a myth.  A long time ago, there were two girls who froze to death in a blizzard. A few days later, a Red Fern had grown between them.  Afterwards, the  village had good luck. 
  • The story was told that only angels could plant the seeds of the Red Fern,  This made Billy know that if there was a place in heaven, then he pictured his dogs there.  He knew his dogs would be in his heart forever and the love he felt for them made him a better person.
  • The End.
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