He attaches the handle to the cane pole and using the pole to support the lantern he finds a way to rescue his dog. The dogs chase the raccoon, and eventually with Billy's help, they kill it. I don't care if it takes me a year. Lesson Summary Billy's dream of becoming a raccoon hunter truly begins as he arrives home to the Ozark Mountains with his two new coonhound puppies, Old Dan and Little Ann. He knows if she loses her grip on the ice then it will be the end of her. He is starved and he eats like never before. They bet Billy's dogs can't tree the ghost coon.
Commentary Billy trains his dogs very carefully. Through these adventures Billy realizes the meaning of true friendship, loyalty, and more in this timeless coming of age story. The hounds, being novice hunters, are confused. According to an old Indian legend, only an angel can plant a red fern and wherever it grows is sacred. After the dog leaves, Billy makes a fire and sits in his rocking chair.
Billy waits to see if they remember their training and can figure out where the coon went. The Feast of the Passover was a sacred day for the Jews. Billy is at first outraged that a tree shoud grow there. The R … ed Fern stands for love. This last coon wins them the championship, and the gold cup. The raccoon crosses back across the river and climbs up a water oak, causing the dogs to lose track of the animal.
Eventually, they kill the mountain lion, but Old Dan is badly wounded, and he dies late that night. Papa tells him that he can hunt during hunting season all he wants because he doesn't need much help with farming at this time of year. During their training, the dogs' personalities become apparent: Old Dan is brave and strong, while Little Ann is very intelligent. Rubin then lets his dog, Old Blue, attack Old Dan and Little Ann, and Rubin starts to beat Billy. He does this a lot, so get used to it. The theme of Where the Red Fern Grows is friendship and courage because Billy riskes his life for Little Ann and Old Dan and Little Ann and Old Dan riskes their life to save Billy.
. On the way back home, he spends the night in Robber's Cave on Sparrow Hawk Mountain. Billy buries them side by side overlooking the hunting forests and a year later his family decides to move into the city. One night, after the hunt, Billy and his dogs chase a mountain lion, who attacks the dogs. His grandfather teaches him how to make a raccoon trap out of a log, nails, and a shiny piece of tin.
It starts off pretty easy, but by sunup he is stiff, sore, and exhausted. It turns out the sound is from his lantern, which gives him the idea of turning the lantern handle into a hook. He warns the boys if they are luring Billy out to the woods so they can beat him up, he will make sure they end up in jail. Billy rushes his dogs home, but Old Dan's wounds are severe and he dies a few hours later. Billy's dogs are delivered to the freight depot in. For several weeks, Billy creates practice trails with the hide to teach Old Dan and Little Ann how to track raccoons. One is gold and the other, slightly smaller, cup is silver.
There he sees that a large plant has grown between the two hounds: a red fern. He also notices that this is not an ordinary hound - it is a hunting hound. There he makes a fire and thaws them both out. The boys tell Billy he should give them his money now, but Billy tells them his dogs aren't done tracking yet. The pads were worn down slick as the rind on an apple. When Billy goes out to say goodbye to his dogs, he finds a red fern growing between their graves along with wildlife flowers.
Billy travels on his own by walking to the train station in Tahlequah and gets his puppies. Little Ann has the brains and Old Dan has the strength. In the end, when he's about to give up his effort, Billy offers a short prayer for strength to continue. To train his dogs, Billy catches a raccoon with the help of his grandfather and uses the fur to teach them how to chase a raccoon. He develops a new trust in God as he faces overwhelming challenges in adventure and tragedy roaming the river bottoms of Cherokee country with Old Dan and Little Ann. He promises them that if they tree a raccoon, he will do the rest.
Billy chops into the night and by sun-up, he needs sleep. If your kids are acting up, force them to watch this movie, and then they will appreciate on how easy they have it. Hunting season finally arrives, and on the first night of hunting, the dogs force a raccoon up an extremely tall tree. Billy's father tries to hunt the dogs, but Old Dan will not hunt for him. It had no buisness there. He finds some wild cane and hangs his lantern from it, so he can see his dogs.