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Ozark Feast

  • Jul 9, 2010
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It has been many years since I read this book, but it remains a favorite along with such classics as “The Yearling” and “Ol’ Yeller”. It is the same type of book, about a young boy who needs a friend and finds one in an animal when human friends are few and far between.
The Ozarks are a region in that stretches from southern Missouri and northern Arkansas in to eastern Oklahoma and Kansas. It is filled with ancient mountains and reclusive people who believe in family, but not outsiders. At first this book does describe the region well because it sets the scene of rolling wooded mountains, deep hollers, twisting streams, and red-rock soil.
The author also describes the people mainly through the entertainment they derive from coon hunting. It is an event that brings the community together, and engender dreams in the young protagonist of the story. The boy has heard the hounds baying in the night for many years and imagined what it would be like to have his own dog. He would like to join the hunt, but mainly he would like to have a friend. He finally realizes his dream when he obtains a dog.
The crux of the story is how a young person learns to cope with loss. In the book the family has to move, but before the boy can leave and take his dogs with him, they are killed. He buries them beneath a red fern growing at the side of his yard.
This book is for anyone who would like to reminisce about the joys and losses of childhood. It is a coming of age story, but it has a depth that most do not have. If you do read this one, please re “The Yearling” as a good companion book.

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Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
If you are a crier, this might not be the best choice for you. This story is so heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time - a must read for any dog lover.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
Very sad :( but any animal lover will love. Tells a tale of the values of hard work, friendship, and love.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Read this one as a child. It is a book that means a lot to me because I grew up in the Ozarks.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
This still makes me cry
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Such a great childhood story...tearjerker!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Great book, I love dogs
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
another on to make me cry!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
No dog lover could read this book and NOT cry.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
This book makes me cry every single time I read it. Absolutely heart-rending. One of my favorite parts of my childhood.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
This is the first book I can ever remember reading in school that vaguely traumatized me. It's an excellent story for any young adult to read.
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