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Old Yeller

Old Yeller

Written by Fred Gipson

Narrated by Peter Francis James


Old Yeller

Written by Fred Gipson

Narrated by Peter Francis James

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4.5/5 (76 ratings)
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Jan 5, 2010
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9780061967610
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At first, Travis couldn't stand the sight of Old Yeller.

The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to Abilene.

Strong and courageous, Old Yeller proved that he could protect Travis's family from any sort of danger. But can Travis do the same for Old Yeller?

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Jan 5, 2010
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9780061967610
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About the author

With Old Yeller, Fred Gipson secured his place as one of the finest novelists in America. The book was published to instant acclaim and has become one of the most beloved children's classics ever written. Since its publication in 1956, Old Yeller has won countless awards, including the 1957 Newbery Honor. Mr. Gipson's other works include both fiction and non-fiction. He grew up in the Texas hill country and died in 1973.


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  • (4/5)
    I guess I’m doing a little bit of classic YA reading, but I have no idea how I missed all of these classics when I was younger!Like Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. Old Yeller is a mangy dog who Travis ends up loving. Old Yeller protects the family, helps them while Travis’s father is away, and becomes part of the family itself.Unfortunately (and you find this out on page 1, so I’m not spoiling anything), Travis must kill Old Yeller, which breaks his heart.This is a classic boy-and-dog story. For the full review, visit Love at First Book
  • (4/5)
    The dog dies. Trust me save yourself. I thought the movie was tramatizing, the book was twice as bad. It is a good book, but all I can think of is poor Old Yeller getting shot...
  • (4/5)
    Travis is the eldest boy in the family. Arliss is Travis little brother and its up to Travis to look over little Arliss. There father Jim has left Little Arliss, Travis, and Katie( the mother). After awhile a dog finds this family. Arliss loved the dog and named it Old yeller. Travis saw Yeller as a "rascal". Travis and little Arliss argued a lot and once Arliss used the trick to fling rocks Travis thought him incase of snakes.The rightful owner of Yeller shows up looking for his dog and recognizing that the family has become attached to Yeller, trades the dog to Arliss for a home-cooked meal prepared by Travis' mother Katie. Soon the family came to love Yeller. Old Yeller saved the family when a she-bear came and tried to save her baby which Arliss was clinging onto. Yeller also saved Travis from wild boars even though Yeller got seriously wounded and stitched up afterwards. Mama (Katie) and Lisabeth are attacked by a wolf and Yeller saves them with a cost. Later, Yeller has to be killed due to rabies from the wolf and it is Travis who has to shoot him. It is discovered that Yeller had children with Lisabeths' dog and one of them reminds Travis of Old Yeller and cheers him up.
  • (5/5)
    This is an extremely emotional book to read, it is definitely only suitable for more mature readers to read, as it does take an emotional toll on you while reading. This book is a great example of the hardships of life, and how the decisions we make can carry on with us for the rest of our lives. I found this book to be extremely heavy, yet heart warming as well. The relationship of Travis and Old Yeller was beautiful, and reading this book as a young adult may teach the lesson of maturing into a young man/or woman. Sometimes even when we are young, we have to make adult decisions, and I think this book does a great job of depicting this idea.
  • (3/5)
    it was a really good book. in the beggining it was a little bit confusing but i really liked it
  • (5/5)
    Yep, I get into reading a children's book sometimes. Trying to catch up from my Grammar School days. Anyway, this was about as good and exciting as the movie, perhaps better. And the ending sure bummed me out. But the ending was great and a good lesson on issues of life and death. I especially like the heart-to-heart talk Travis has with his father about Old Yeller. He doesn't provide a simplistic answer to death and is sort of loss for words of comfort, but he tells him the rough truth: "...things like that happen. They may seem might cruel and unfair, but that's how life is part of the time" (p.116).I read this book with my 9-year-old Grandson and, although I got a bit ahead of him and finished it without him, this is a great book to the kids or Grandkids. The only problem you may have is with the archaic words.This book is as it should be, a classic, and one of the best.
  • (2/5)
    The book old yeller is about a old dog name old yeller. He wasnt the best dog in the world but he was good. He will help the family out. An other think but he couldnt do it all. The reson he was there because there are bears in the wood so the family needs a dog. One day the family wanted to kill the old yeller and thats wht they did.I really didnt like the old yeller wasnt the best book ever. I know the dog was old but i just didnt like it. The reson i read it was because people told me to read it but i didnt like it at all. I dont have much to say becuase i thought it wasnt good. i will maybe read it agian but when i get old maybe i will understand it better when i am older.
  • (5/5)
    I love this heart warming story. Dogs are sure men's best friends!
  • (2/5)
    "We called him Old Yeller... I remember like yesterday how he strayed in out of nowhere to our log cabin on Birdsong Creek. He made me so mad at first that I wanted to kill him. Then, later, when I had to kill him, it was like having to shoot some of my own folks." (first page of the book)

    i'm guessing most of you know this story but I was surprised to find out that the end was revealed in the second paragraph. (see above)

    Now, I did not choose to read this book again. Reading it in my youth was enough for me. But, my son choose this book for his current reading assignment (classic novel) and we read together every night. I warned him that the story would be sad but he had his mind made up.

    So, we read it and I was fine... up until the shooting part. After that, I couldn't hide my tears. Maybe if I wasn't reading aloud, but it was obvious. And, my son laughed. Then he took the book from me and read a page or two until I decided I could handle reading again... barely. A least my crying made the story less sad for him.

    Recommended to:
    People who want to cry... ;) No, seriously I think this book would be good for people who like to read about pioneer times or um... people who like to cry about animals.
  • (5/5)
    I read the book as a kid and when I listened to it right now it brought back great memories.
  • (4/5)
    This is a great story which is somewhere between children's fantasy and adult realistic novel. Some of the events are hard to believe from an adult perspective but for a 14 year old Travis Coates anything is possible. The dramatic ending sticks with you, and for good reason, the whole book builds up to it. There is death, near death and foreshadowing of death from the start. It is a fable about mortality, but also renewal and focusing on the good things, not the bad. From a literary perspective it has a fair amount of authentic grammar from 19th century frontier farm life, I learned some new words.
  • (3/5)
    Can anyone look into the dog's eyes through Gibson's character and NOT cry? A soothing and then gut wrenching story for all of us who need to keep re-learning about how death can strike it's fist into our lives. This is the second book in my "book of books" so I guess that means I read it in 1966 or 1967.
  • (5/5)
    Finally got around to reading this. A great read for children AND adults!
  • (5/5)
    5 stars

    You may have seen the Walt Disney movie but you really need to read the book, it is so much better.

    This is one of my all time favorite books. I read it right after I watched the Walt Disney movie when I was eight years old (almost 40 years ago). First book to ever make me cry. I knew Old Yeller would save Travis, I knew the dog would die. I still cried so hard my mom made me stay home from school the next day. Any book that can affect you that much is a book worth re-reading. I read it again last night. I knew that dog would save Travis, I knew the dog would die. I cried really hard.

  • (4/5)
    Another classic I missed as a kid. This is the story of Old Yeller, the mangy dog that shows up at the Coates ranch. Old Yeller has several adventures saving crops, kids and other family before his final battle with a rabid wolf.What a beautiful story.
  • (5/5)
    This story still chokes me up. Not because of the dog but because of the boy. It is an old-timey story of what it was like when America was new in Texas. Men had a job to do to provide for their families. That job took them far and wide away from their families. This is the story of how a family had to make changes and make do without their protector and provider. It is the story of how a boy became a man and how his perspective of family changed as a result.

    Love it!
  • (5/5)
    Impressed! I went into listening to this audiobook having a basic understanding of the story from the movie which I watched years ago. The book was significantly better than the movie, and while still tragic, resolved in a more noble, less heart wrenching way. The vernacular style of writing and the authenticity are very evident and are shining examples of what make this book so excellent.
  • (4/5)
    A classic story about a boy Travis and his beloved dog. It’s not love at first sight, rather hate at first site, but soon the ugly, but clever dog wins the heart of everyone - and even manage to save the boys life. As in Ingalls Wilders prairie stories you really have a good sense of the harsh realities in the farmhouse, a family where the 14 year old kid/man has to take responsibility as the father is away on a long cattle drive. Peter Francis James reading with a slow deep southern accent is excellent. A Newbery Honor book
  • (5/5)
    Gipson’s simply told tale of a boy and his dog living in the Texas Hill Country of 1860 is a genuine classic of children’s literature. Travis Coates is only 14 years old, but while his father is off for months on a cattle drive, he is the “man of the house,” left on the homestead with his mother and younger brother, 5-year-old Arliss. A stray yellow mutt of a dog, with one ear virtually chewed off, and only a stump of a tail, shows up one day. He’s a no good, thieving rascal – taking their meat and stealing eggs when he can – but he proves himself to be a key defender of the family when he faces a bear that is targeting Arliss. Just as Old Yeller worms his way into the family’s hearts, this book will burrow into the reader’s heart. I am not a “dog person,” but I really connected with this book. I think this in part due to the fact that I grew in the Texas Hill Country, so the scenery was alive in my imagination. But more importantly, I connected to the way Gipson portrayed the characters’ emotions – fear, love, irritation, loyalty, happiness, sorrow. This little book packs a big wallop
  • (5/5)
    Summary: Travis's papa was leaving to go on a cattle drive to earn the family money, so he told Travis that he was the man of the family and he wants him to take care of everybody while he is gone. While papa was gone, a stray yeller dog showed up and ate their meat, but little Arliss liked the dog so they kept him. Travis didn't like the dog at all, but one day old yeller saved Arliss from a bear and that is when Travis changed his mind about the dog. Old yeller started to go to work with Travis and they did everything together. Then one day Travis was marking some pigs and he fell into where the pigs were and got hurt. Old yeller fought them off so that Travis could get away. After he got away he went back to see if old yelller made it. He was in pretty bad shape so Travis wrapped him up and covered him up and went and got his mama to help him. They were both in bed for a while before they started to feel better. But there were animals getting sick and they were having to shoot and burn them. One day they shot their cow and mama and Lisbeth went to burn it but they ran into a wolf that was sick. It tried to attack them but old yeller had followed them and saved them until Travis could shoot the wolf. In the end he has to shoot old yeller too because he was bit by the wolf that was sick. Travis was very sad until one day the puppy that Lisbeth gave him reminded him of old yeller and this made him very happy again, but he would never forget old yeller.Personal Reaction: I love this story! It is a good family book, and shows the true meaning of loyalty to someone. It shows how this family lived and how Travis grew up. Maybe it is because I am older, but I really enjoy reading books from this era. I love my pet and I know how much you can get attach to your pets.Classroom Extension Ideas: We can talk about our pets that we have at home. They can bring pictures of their pets and tell about things they do together.The students can keep a journal on the book as we read it in class. Then we can discuss what they liked and even disliked about the book.
  • (5/5)
    Old Yeller was a spectacular book. It was very heart warming along with exciting action. Gipson made me feel connected to the characters. There were also a lot of descriptive details to describe the situation and the setting. Old Yeller was one of the best books I have ever read.
  • (4/5)
    Fred Gibson wrote an interesting story called “Old Yeller.” In his story a young man named Travis is left to watch over his family and be the man of the house while his dad is off moving cattle up the country and won’t return for one year. Soon a stray yellow dog shows up and steals food from the family and Travis wants to beat the dog for his crime. However, Travis’s little brother comes to the dogs rescue and begs his mom to stop him. His little brother then asks the mom if he can keep it, his mom reluctantly agrees. The story continues with amazing events where the dog rescues the family and touches the family’s heart. Then this seemingly happy tail takes a turn for the worst when a man came to his house and warns him of a deadly disease. Subtle signs of the disease begin to pop up until their live stock is affected by this terrifying disease. The story ends the death of the big yellow dog, but a lesson of manhood.This book is a short tail fit for most reading levels and I would recommend this classic to anyone. If someone were looking for the book, it has a picture of a happy looking yellow dog on the cover and a boy sitting of an old fence.
  • (5/5)
    Gipson, Fred. Old Yeller. New York: Scholastic, 1956. This novel is about boy that learns to take care of his family while his father is away on a cattle run. He learns to mature into a young man as he goes through challenges running the farm. He gains a friend when he takes in a big yellow dog. The dog helps him with the wild animials that he comes across. In the end he faces the toughest challenge that really proves he has matured. The scenes in this book are so well written and keep you on the edge of your seat. This is a good book to read aloud to young students. Age group: 7-12 years.
  • (5/5)
    This book is a very good story that I couldn't stop reading my heart was thumping the whole book and I loved every minute of it
  • (5/5)
    This is one of my most favorite books of all time. Because its funny its also very sad. Well it starts out this boys dad was going to war so the dad told him he was the man of the house.So later on in the book theres a dog that is chasing a rabbit and he startles on of their horses.The boy was planting seed on their farm when the dog startled the horse it started running and it tore down the whole fence. The boy was being dragged by the horse and.......to find out what happens next read Old Yeller by Fred Gipson.
  • (5/5)
    This is a classic that I've had in my library for years!
  • (5/5)
    This might well be the first book I ever read (I'm not sure) . I was about ten at the time and i remember laughing and crying and everything in between.
  • (4/5)
    Old yeller is a vagrant dog. He is old and always yelling.
  • (5/5)
    This book is written about an old dog. The dog is smart, honest, and patient. The dog gave the main character's family special experience. They work together and play togeter. This book moved me. Before i feed a dog. It's very smart too. I love it, and it brought a lot of fan to me. But it is a pity that it lost. I like reading this book.
  • (4/5)
    It is an old story,a boy named Travis Coates ,and his father needs to leave the house because of the family livelihood,so,all of the heavy responsbility which he should carry.one day,therer is a big dog in his house'door,and still stay there.Then,Travis has to feed it,but he doesn't want to do that.After somethings,the dog named Yeller not noly saved his life,but teached him a lot of useful things.So,throgh this story,we know some truth.first,we must learn to how to be a responsility person;second,we should learn to be brave;and third,we have to know,not everything has a good end,but we should strive.I think this story is a good choice for everyone,especially for families,they will be cry,as well as laugh,together.It is very touching when you read it,of course,i will watch a movie about it.