In chapters six through eleven, Old Yeller continues to entrench himself in the lives of the Coates family. And he proves himself to be especially useful to Travis in the section where he saves Travis from the hogs.
Could you get over that section where Travis falls out of the tree and lands in a pile of wild hogs? First of all, I can’t imagine how scared someone would be if that happened to them, and second, I can’t imagine that I would have the wherewithal to run away if I were put in that sort of situation. Travis describes falling and immediately jumping up and trying to escape. I think I would fall and would be so shocked that I would just lie there as the hogs trampled me. Old Yeller immediately jumps in, though, and saves a member of the Coates family once again. He’s such a loyal dog, even though he hasn’t known them for very long!
The descriptions of Old Yeller’s horrific injuries reminded me of Where the Red Fern Grows. Have you all read that one? What is it about these animal stories that make me feel like my heart is being ripped out of my chest?
How are you guys enjoying the book this month? If you find that you really love animal stories and are looking for others, you should check out the library’s NoveList Plus resource. With NoveList, you can search titles or authors and find books that are similar to those you searched. So, if you’re really loving dog books, you can find others to read after you finish Old Yeller.
How is the movie stacking up to the book? Which one are you enjoying more?
Finally, please let me know in the comments if there is another animal-themed story that I should read. But can you do me a favor and only recommend happy animal stories? I don’t know if my heart can handle another one like Old Yeller.
I hope to hear from you in the comments! See you next week!