Where the Red Fern GrowsWilson Rawls
As my fourth grade teacher read Where the Red Fern Grows aloud to our class,
the love of a boy for his dogs and the love of a grandfather for his grandson, as well as
a mother's desire for something better for her family, became evident. Wilson Rawls' themes made an
impact on us all. We laughed and cried together-boys, girls, and teacher-through death and joy in the hills set
east of our Tulsa classroom. The universality of those themes was confirmed when my students and I laughed and cried as
I read the book aloud a generation later.