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The Yearling - A Novel
A Boy, A Fawn, A Different Life
My review is about a story that most folks, my age, will probably recognize. It is a story about a boy, his wanting a pet to careful but not necessarily the responsibilities that go with it. It is about gaining manhood. And, it is about respecting the other person's point of view. If you haven't read the book, you probably have seen the movie. I am hoping through my review, I can entice moms and dads to encourage their young sons and daughters to read this classic, The Yearling.
I know that there is controversy regarding the contents and whether or not children should be reading such negative material that appear in life such as death, killing, and such. But, since reading this classic (which I had never done before), I see every reason to recommend its reading. I cannot think of a better way to learn of a time in history where folks lived off the land and learned to tolerate and respect other people. I cannot think of a better story whereby young ones can understand the workings of nature, the interrelationships of man and beast; the importance of proper caring for pets, and especially why not to have a wild animal kept in captivity. And I don't think there could be better story which will instill on the youth how life use to be and how easy living is now compared to then.
The photo below represents my book, printed in 1938. It is filled with beautiful pictures created by artist, N. C. Wyeth. The setting is in the State of Florida.
Did You Read It? What's Your Opinion?
On a scale of 1-7, what did you REALLY think?
There's biscuits there. Open the honey. There's due to be milk in the gourd.
Whats You Might Eat For Dinner Ifs You Was Jody
More Ways To Cook A Squirrel Than You Would Want To Know
One Of The Best Lines Ever:
The country doctor, "Doc", decided to take to higher ground during a heavy storm. The Baxters & Forresters stop by to see how Doc is fairing & find the following note attached to his door.
"I have gone toward the ocean where this much water ain't so peculiar. I mean to stay drunk until the storm is over. I will be somewhere between here and the ocean. Please don't come after me unless it's a broke neck or a baby. Doc. P.S. If it's a broke neck no use anyway."
Something Important To Think About
Teaching our children to read the classics can give them a better understand of history, of people, and of life.
Do You Think It Is Important To Read The Classics?
What Might Be Your Favorite?
hether it is a classic from your youth or college days, we all have our favorites. Add your favorite.
What You Might Eat If You Were A Baxter
cakes with blackberry shrub
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. ~Italo Calvino
Newell Convers Wyeth
1882 - 1945
Studied with Howard Pyle. Father of a famous artist family and famed himself for murals, book plates, magazine illustrations, advertising, and war posters that brought American and illustration art to the fore. First sale Saturday Evening Post cover 1903, the year he said his work was
"true, solid American subjects - nothing foreign (European) about them." Realism came from hands-on experience (visiting Indian tribes, riding stage coaches) and a love of history, especially American.
Becoming A Man
One Persons Perspective
The Construction and Deconstruction of Masculinity in the Yearling
A Little Bit Of Information On The Author
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's official site - Friends of MKR Farm Inc.
The Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc., is the Citizen Support Organization (CSO) for the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park in Cross Creek, Florida.
- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.Org
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's official site
The Yearling Trail
Bill's site is well worth visiting. Florida Nature is his un-blog, as he calls it.
Story and photo by: - Bill Belleville
A flutter wheel, esp. a small one designed as a child's plaything.
Penny, Jody, Ma, Julia, Caesar & Flag - The Baxters
If you hearing these names, you are probably reading THE YEARLING.
"I sures hopes you stop by, visit a spell and leaves your thought."