By Gipson, Fred
A timeless American classic and one of the most beloved children’s books ever written, Old Yeller is a Newberry Honor Book that explores the poignant and unforgettable bond between a boy and the stray dog who becomes his loyal friend.
When his father sets out on a cattle drive toward Kansas for the summer, fourteen-year-old Travis Coates is left to take care of his family and their farm. Living in Texas Hill Country during the 1860s, Travis comes to face new, unanticipated, and often perilous responsibilities in the frontier wilderness.
A particular nuisance is a stray yellow dog that shows up one day and steals food from the family. But the big canine who Travis calls “Old Yeller” proves his worth by defending the family from danger. And Travis ultimately finds help and comfort in the courage and unwavering love of the dog who comes to be his very best friend.
This book appeared on Mrs. Laura Bush's Family Favorites list, for books for intermediate and independent readers.