Monday, July 6, 2009
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
This is not just a book about a boy and his dogs but a way to bolster the faith of your children that there is a God. Billy early on in the story prays fervently that he might find a way to get the dogs he so desperately wants. With some hard work on Billy's part he saves $50 over two years during a time when $50 was a fortune. He traverses miles to pick his pups up from the train station and takes them home to carefully train them. The dogs and Billy develop a relationship of such deep friendship that in the end the dogs give their lives for the pups. I read this as a child more than once but it was as an adult that the teachings of faith, hard work and reliance on God surfaced. The story delicately but purposefully teaches the message that God is watching over all of us, even when suffering occurs and that He will help us. I read this to my 3, 5 and 8 year old children and my two oldest hung on every word of every hunt. They even endured their mother's tears as she struggled to read about the death of Billy's dogs. This treasure will be read over and over by your children.