War Horse competition entry by Yoojung Choi

War Horse competition entry by Yoojung Choi

We asked our readers to write a review of a film or book about a meaningful relationship between a pet and its owner. Here is one of the entries. It has not been edited

Where the Red Fern Grows is a story of the bond between a determined boy called Billy and his two loyal dogs during the Great Depression.

This loving trio explores the woods having all kinds of amazing adventures until a heartbreaking battle with a mountain lion takes place. Glory was coming to them, but sadness waited too. Billy’s hounds have more than mere loyalty for their owner. They love Billy deeply. This love is affirmed throughout their adventures, and we see how love empowers the team to survive and succeed. We can say that Billy and his two hounds are almost one being. Furthermore, the author Wilson Rawls uses the color red and vivid words to symbolizes the hounds’ deep love and their sacrificial affection for their team. 

Where the Red Fern Grows is a magical, exhilarating, and emotional tale where we see unconditional love only found with man’s best friend. The story provides insight into how important deep friendship is, and though I had some teary moments, I loved this book. I would recommend anyone of all ages, including adults if you’re finding a gripping read.



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