Share via Email Old Yeller is possibly the saddest, yet greatest classic of all time. This tale is perfect for ages ten and up, but out of bounds for the light hearted.
The synopsis below may give away important plot points. The same is true for most of the other families in the area. Jim joins forces with other ranchers and they embark on a cattle drive to Kansas, to trail and sell their cattle and acquire money to buy things they need.
Jim tells Travis he's depending on him to help his mother and look after the ranch while he's gone for the next months. He promises to bring Travis the horse he wants when he returns from Kansas.
Travis is plowing the cornfield with Jumper the mule when a big yellow dog barrels through the field while chasing a rabbit. That spooks the mule, which bolts and takes off running, dragging Travis behind. Travis escapes from the plow harness, but the mule continues running, the plow knocking down a long section of fence in the process.
Travis is furious with the dog, throwing rocks and threatening to shoot it if it comes around again. The younger boy, Arliss, regularly collects small animals and puts them in his pants pockets, much to the dismay of his mother.
When Arliss hears about what happened with the strange yellow dog, he immediately wants to find and keep it.
The next morning, the dog is lying outside the front door, and when Travis goes for a stick to use in chasing the dog off, Arliss is upset and is ready to fight his older brother in order to protect the dog.
Arliss immediately adopts the dog and his mother approves, encouraging Travis to reconsider his feelings about having the dog around.
Travis really wants nothing to do with the dog, but his feelings begin to change after he brings home a deer he shot and hangs the meat on the front porch, warning the yellow dog not to touch it or he'd pay the consequences.
Travis then purposely lowers the meat so it will be easily within reach of the dog.
The next morning, Travis grabs his gun in anticipation and goes out onto the porch, expecting the meat to be gone and thus providing a reason for him to shoot the dog. However, the meat is untouched and the yellow dog is lying quietly nearby. The makes a great impression on Travis.
Arliss has taken to calling the dog "Yeller. One day, Arliss is breaking off small pieces of bread and tossing them to a small black bear cub. When the cub comes closer, Arliss jumps on it and tries to catch it. The cub cries out and within moments, the mother bear comes running, heading right for Arliss.
Yeller flies into the picture and attacks the mother bear, keeping her at bay until Mrs. That event confirms the complete acceptance and respect for Yeller by Travis. Bud is a lazy, big-mouthed sort who was left behind by the men of the community to look after the families while they were gone to Kansas.
Bud's most redeeming points are his ability to show up around meal-time, get his daughter to do any work that needs done, and to tell exaggerated tales about his experiences and those of his family members. Elizabeth, who is about Travis age, confides in Travis that she has seen Yeller stealing eggs and cornbread from members of the community.
She won't tell her father or anyone else however, because she knows Yeller is the father of the pups her dog is expecting and she doesn't think it would be nice to get the father of her dog's pups in trouble.
Travis determines that one way to keep Yeller from roaming and getting in further trouble, is to put him on guard duty in the cornfield, where raccoons have been eating the corn. Yeller does a good job of chasing off the coons.
The Coate's lone milk cow, Red, goes off into the woods to birth her calf and Travis takes Yeller to go find them. The cow, being protective of her calf, attacks Travis and Yeller intervenes and actually knocks the cow down twice before she decides to stop chasing Travis.
Travis carries the calf home while Yeller herds Red back.After a series of scrapes involving raccoons, snakes, bears, wild hogs and wolves, Travis grows to love and respect Old Yeller, who comes to have a profound effect on the boy's life.
This book is named Old Yeller and it is by Fred Gipson. This book is based on a year-old boy named Travis and his dog Old Yeller. This book takes place in an old log cabin in Birdsong Creek, with Travis explaining his story from the beginning.
Old Yeller is possibly the saddest, yet greatest classic of all time. This tale is perfect for ages ten and up, but out of bounds for the light hearted. Many tears are shed throughout the book as. Old Yeller Homework Help Questions.
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Chapters Review Quiz and writing prompts (PDF File) Vocabulary Spelling and vocabulary review (options for multiple keys and pages per key). Old Yeller is a children's novel written by Fred Gipson and illustrated by Carl Burger. It received a Newbery Honor in  The title is taken from the name of the yellow dog who is the center of the book.