Wilson Rawls broke my heart. But I loved it.
Weekly writing assignment from Mama Kat: What book captured your heart? Write about why the first book you loved is the first book you loved.
At a very young age, I fell in love with Wilson Rawls’s timeless tale of Billy and his two coonhounds, Old Dan and Little Ann. No book will ever be more cherished in my heart than Where the Red Fern Grows — the yellowed pages and tattered cover of my copy speaks volumes to the number of times I read and reread the heartrending story of loyalty and friendship. Of growing up and learning the deal with loss.
I’m sure most everyone has read this book at some point in their lives. It was required reading in school. But, if for some inexcusable reason, your grade school teacher skipped over this beloved book, go here for a brief rundown of one of the most bittersweet stories ever told.
Even though I know how it ends, I cry every time I read it. The pain of losing a pet — a friend — is heartbreaking. This book might be responsible for my deep-rooted love for dogs today. I was always touched by the bond between Billy and his coonhounds. Their love, loyalty and companionship were unmatched.