Old Yeller Book Summary and Study Guide

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With the menfolk gone on a cattle drive, fourteen year old Travis is in charge of looking out for his little brother Arliss and his mother in the dangerous hill country of Texas during the late 1860's. Dangers abound: bears, wolves, rabid skunks,and the ever-present threat of Indian attacks. But Travis is determined to rise above it all and keep his family safe in his father's absence. One day an old "yeller" dog shows up and Travis wants to run it off at first, but as the dog saves first his brother's life then his mother's, Travis comes to love the dog. Only to have his heart broken when Old Yeller contracts rabies and he is forced to face the sad realities of life. A timeless classic which everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Animal story    -   Yes Kind of animal:    -   dog Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   brother Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   a teen


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Prairie?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   lot of descript of crop raising    -   lot of descript of animal care

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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