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The Yearling - A Novel

Updated on January 27, 2015

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.

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There's biscuits there. Open the honey. There's due to be milk in the gourd.

The Yearling

Whats You Might Eat For Dinner Ifs You Was Jody

More Ways To Cook A Squirrel Than You Would Want To Know

Cooking Squirrel

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.

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What You Might Eat If You Were A Baxter



potato pone



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.

American Art Archives - Newell Convers Wyeth

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.

The Yearling Trail

Florida Nature

Bill's site is well worth visiting. Florida Nature is his un-blog, as he calls it.

Story and photo by: - Bill Belleville

The Yearling Trail

Flutter Wheel

A flutter wheel, esp. a small one designed as a child's plaything.


1865-70, Americanism

Penny, Jody, Ma, Julia, Caesar & Flag - The Baxters

palmetto fronds

crocus sack


flutter mill


If you hearing these names, you are probably reading THE YEARLING.

"I sures hopes you stop by, visit a spell and leaves your thought."

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Parents might wish to read this great novel along WITH their children, as its reading level is about tenth grade level....thoroughly enjoyed the book (and put it on tape cassettes many years ago) and thus many others could enjoy the novel.