By Fred Gipson.
THE BELOVED TALE OF A FAMILY CARVING OUT A NEW LIFE
ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER
Read By Barry Corbin.
They made a home on Birdsong Creek, back in the 1860's,
out in the Texas wilderness where a man and a woman could
build a dream. These were people who took their joy,
their courage, their greatness from the land. There was
Ma and Pa and little Arliss - and Travis, the fourteen
year old whose father had left him to take care of
things, and protect his mother and small brother while Pa
was away driving a herd of cattle up to Abilene. It was a
hard work: plowing, chopping wood, tending the garden,
hunting for food, and trying to keep Arliss in line.
was too big a job for a boy to do alone. It took that boy
and a big, ugly, yellow dog who showed up out of nowhere
one night - a dog that would bring them love and laughter
and, in the end, a terrible headache.
Old Yeller is more than just an account of a boy's love
for his dog, more than just a tale of frontier life. It is a
powerful journey into the heart and emotions of a boy faced with
decisions that lift him from childhood to manhood. Evocative,
touching, powerful - Old Yeller is a classic tale of
challenge, adventure and love.
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a narrator par excellence in this familiar story of love
between a boy and a dog. His timing and inflection are
perfect, and his Texas accent lends authenticity and a touch
of humor to the narration."
- School Library Journal,
"A moving segment of earlier frontier days."
Barry Corbin gives
this classic story of an ugly, yellow stray dog a first-rate
reading. Corbin's smooth, even-paced delivery and warm,
friendly tone reflect the adventure, fun, and love shared by
Old Yeller and 14-year-old Travis, and he thoughtfully
communicates the heartbreak that comes when Travis must kill
the loyal dog, who has been bitten by a rabid wolf. The
abridgment is done well. The plot remains intact. What's
missing is a small amount of the narrative that gives a strong
sense of early frontier days in the Texas wilderness. This
animal story is a good choice for families prepared to cry, as
well as to laugh, together.
- C.R.A. (c)AudioFile, Portland,
Western / Family.
2 Cassettes. Running Time: 3 hours. Dolby Stereo.