Somehow I missed reading Where the Red Fern Grows during my childhood. I have always heard of it, and I know lots of people, my Dad included, love the movie, yet somehow I missed it.
Where the Red Fern Grows is the story of Billy, a little boy who comes down with a serious case of "puppy love". He wants puppies, but not just any kind of puppy. He wants two coon dogs, and it becomes his life's mission to get them. He breaks his back working for two years until he finally saves the fifty dollars he needs to buy his dogs. The scene where he first meets Old Dan and Little Ann is one of the sweetest scenes I've ever read in a book. The love between Billy and his dogs is beautiful. Where the Red Fern Grows is a story of love, loyalty, friendship, and sacrifice.
I'd recommend this book to anyone. It's just a good story that kids and adults both will like, so if like me, you missed this one as a child--give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.