We made it through the end of the book. Be honest—did you cry or at least tear up a little? I only skimmed those last couple chapters, so I was able to stay strong.
At least we could see the end coming. Animals at the farm start getting rabies, so we know that something rabid is close to the farm. And, due to Old Yeller’s past protective actions, we know that he will protect the family if a rabid animal tries to attack. It was just inevitable, then, that a rabid animal would attack, and Old Yeller would protect the family and get rabies. But, it was still sad to read that Travis had to be the one to put him down. I know I would not have been strong enough to do that, especially since Old Yeller wasn’t showing any symptoms of rabies yet.
What did you think of the book as a whole? Do you think it was worthy of being named a Newbery Honor book for 1957? The Newbery Winner of that year was Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen. Has anyone read it? If you have, do you think it was more deserving of the Newbery Medal than Old Yeller?
For those who watched the movie, did you enjoy it? It’s a pretty old movie—if they made a remake, who do you think would be picked to play the starring roles? I honestly can’t think of any actors that I think could step into these roles.
I hope to hear what you thought of the book and movie in the comments. Let me know if the book moved you to tears or if you were able to stay strong and make sure to tell me if you can think of any actors who could play in our hypothetical movie remake!
I hope you’ll join us next month as we read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee!