As sad as I remember...

Old Yeller - Steven Polson, Fred Gipson

"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.