Where the Red Fern Grows is another children's book about the bond between a man and his dogs. Billy's dream is to own two dogs. When he's finally able to save enough money, Old Dan and Little Ann came into his life. Together, the three become the finest hunting team in the valley.
This is another book that stuck with me from elementary school. I would have students, in pairs or small groups, bring in 5 objects that represent key aspects of the story. The students will present the objects in class as a focus on symbols.
AR Level: 4.9
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8
Lexile Level: 700L
This book is about a young boy named Billy who buys a set of hunting dogs named Dan and Ann. Billy loves his dogs and trains them to hunt for raccoons with him. One day, after Dan is attacked by a mountain lion, Billy suffers a great loss that affects him for the rest of his life. I would read this book to my class as a read-aloud during free time.