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Old Yeller

(1956)
The Story That Inspired Walt Disney's Dramatic Motion Picture
(A book in the Old Yeller series)
A novel by

 
 
When a novel like Huckleberry Finn, or The Yearling, comes along it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the respouse it evokes in the reader. Such a book, we submit, is Old Yeller; to read this eloIquently simple story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.

The big, ugly, yellow dog showed up out of nowhere one night and stole a whole side of hanging pork, and when Travis went for him the next morning that dog started yelling like a baby before he was touched. Then he got into the spring water with five-year-old Arliss, Travis took an easy hate to Old Yeller, as they started to call him; in fact, he would have driven him off or killed him if it hadn't been for brother Arliss' loud and violent protests, So Yeller stayed, and Travis soon found he couldn't have got along without him.

Pa and Ma and Travis and Arliss lived on Birdsong Creek in the Texas hill country. It wasn't an easy life, but they had a snug cabin that Pa had built himself, and they had their own hogs and their own cattle, and they grew most of what else they needed. The only thing they and the rest of the settlers lacked that year in the late 1860's was cash, so the men decided to get together and drive all the cattle up to the new market in Abilene, Kansas, more than six hundred miles away.

Travis was only fourteen, but he was proud of his new role as man of the family and determined to live up to his responsibility. It was hard work, too, plowing until his legs ached, chopping wood until his hands were raw and his head was spinning, weeding the garden in the hot sun, toting the heavy buckets tip from the spring, and trying to keep his mischievous little brother in line.

But there were pleasant moments, too: his Ma treating him like a man, and deer hunting in the early-morning stillness, and hot summer nights out in the corn patch under the stars with Old Yeller, trying to keep the coons and skunks out of the winter food supply. And there was plenty of excitement, like the fight between the two bulls, and the time Arliss nearly got mauled by the bear, and trying to catch and mark the new hogs. Here the suspense and excitement reach a peak, only to be topped a few pages later when the crazy-sick loafer wolf goes for Ma. Both times it is Yeller who saves them, only the second time it is not lucky for Yeller, as Travis comes to find out. And in finding out, Travis learns just how much he has come to love that big ugly dog, and he learns something about the pain of life, too.

Old Yeller is a story that will be read and treasured by many thousands for years to come. In a shorter form, this has appeared as a three-part serial in Collier's.

Genre: Inspirational

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Hardback Editions

May 2001 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Old Yeller (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Perennial Classics)
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-613-85744-5 / 978-0-613-85744-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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June 2007 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 1-4352-0528-6 / 978-1-4352-0528-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2007-06-28
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October 1999 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-88103-579-3 / 978-0-88103-579-7 (USA edition)
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April 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 1-56723-204-3 / 978-1-56723-204-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yestermorrow Inc
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December 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-89966-906-9 / 978-0-89966-906-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Buccaneer Books
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October 1990 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-8124-1633-3 / 978-0-8124-1633-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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October 1990 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-613-35792-2 / 978-0-613-35792-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Econo-Clad Books, Div. of American Cos., Inc.
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July 1989 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-606-01189-7 / 978-0-606-01189-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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December 1958 : UK Hardback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-340-01480-6 / 978-0-340-01480-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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July 1956 : USA Hardback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson, Steven Polson
ISBN: 0-06-011545-9 / 978-0-06-011545-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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January 1956 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-06-011546-7 / 978-0-06-011546-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper& Row
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Paperback Editions

May 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller (Perennial Classics)
Author(s): Fred Gipson, Steven Polson
ISBN: 0-06-093547-2 / 978-0-06-093547-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
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December 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller (HarperClassics)
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-06-440382-3 / 978-0-06-440382-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-606-30682-X / 978-0-606-30682-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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May 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller (Summer Reading Edition)
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-06-073945-2 / 978-0-06-073945-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
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February 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-06-080971-X / 978-0-06-080971-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins New Zealand
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1956 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-439-15963-6 / 978-0-439-15963-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
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June 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-590-02310-1 / 978-0-590-02310-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
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December 1978 : UK Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller (Streamline Books)
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-17-555208-8 / 978-0-17-555208-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cengage Learning Australia
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September 1969 : UK Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-340-10885-1 / 978-0-340-10885-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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May 1966 : UK Paperback

Title: Old Yeller (Streamline Books)
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-17-432013-2 / 978-0-17-432013-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd
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July 1956 : USA Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-395-73259-X / 978-0-395-73259-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin School
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July 1942 : USA Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-06-080002-X / 978-0-06-080002-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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1956 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-88902-323-9 / 978-0-88902-323-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Fitzhenry and Whiteside
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1956 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-439-15936-9 / 978-0-439-15936-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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Audio Editions

January 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Old Yeller CD
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-06-196076-4 / 978-0-06-196076-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Caedmon
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January 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
Publisher: HarperAudio
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January 2006 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-7366-9267-3 / 978-0-7366-9267-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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December 2002 : USA Audio CD

Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-7366-9268-1 / 978-0-7366-9268-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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January 1995 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 1-55927-347-X / 978-1-55927-347-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
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1991 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-7887-4652-9 / 978-0-7887-4652-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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1989 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred / Read by Wolfram Kandinsky Gipson
ISBN: 0-7366-1648-9 / 978-0-7366-1648-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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September 1979 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson
ISBN: 0-07-508069-9 / 978-0-07-508069-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amer School Pub
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Kindle Editions

June 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Old Yeller (A Teacher's Unit)
Author(s): Fred Gipson, Carmela Krueser
Publisher: Lorenz Educational Press
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August 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Old Yeller
Author(s): Fred Gipson, Steven Polson
Publisher: HarperCollins
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