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The yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The yearling (original 1938; edition 1938)

by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Edward Shenton

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Title:The yearling
Authors:Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Other authors:Edward Shenton
Info:New York, Scribner, 1938.
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:fiction, classic, hardcover, unread

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The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1938)

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    BonnieJune54: Both novels have boys coming of age in a vividly described rural setting of another era. In both cases Mom, Dad and son are somewhat isolated from others. While life is harsh, joy , love and laughter are present.

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  kitchengardenbooks | Aug 1, 2014 |
A terrific coming-of-age book of a boy's friendship with a fawn in post-Civil War Florida. His father and mother struggle to survive on their farm and allow the boy to keep the fawn as a pet, but in time a sacrifice must be made. Endearing. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
The Yearling definetly belongs on the classics list.

The reader is transported about 100 years into the past. When times were tough and everyone poor. Most survive on crops and livestock. Thus depending on Mother Nature to cooperate. A bad year equals winter hunger.

Young Jody is a boy who by the end of the book has grown into a man. Not by size but by maturity. When his father is stricken down, Jody must step in and help his mother to run the farm. Gone were his lazy days of childhood play. Those days were replaced with the hard work of a man taking care of farm and family.

Throughout this adventure, Jody is faced with some tough decisions. The kind which are made by a man. With a broken heart, Jody knew what he had to do. When his farm is nearly destroyed and the guilty culprit must be addressed.

This book is a great read from older child to adult.
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  ReneeRobinson | May 6, 2014 |
Wow! What a different book when read as an adult. It had me in tears for entirely different reasons this time around. A wonderful story of a relationship between a boy and his father. This book has some of the most beautiful description of the Florida scrub. This family really has a tough life. And yet they take time to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings. Nothing I have read has made me feel so grateful for the life I have. Just running water, electricity and grocery stores are miracles when considering the Baxter's lives. This is a really beautiful book. I am ever so grateful that my book group chose it. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Austin's favorite story when he was 8 years old. ( )
  the4otts | Jul 8, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rawlings, Marjoriemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Rawlings, Marjoriemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Wyeth, N.C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A column of smoke rose thin and straight from the cabin chimney. The smoke was blue where it left the red of the clay. It trailed into the blue of the April sky and was no longer blue but gray. The boy Jody watched it, speculating. The fire on the kitchen hearth was dying down. His mother was hanging up pots and pans after the noon dinner. The day was Friday. She would sweep the floor with a broom of ti-ti and after that, if he were lucky, she would scrub it with the corn shucks scrub. If she scrubbed the floor she would not miss him until he had reached the Glen. He stood a minute, balancing the hoe on his shoulder.
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Fighting off a pack of starving wolves, wrestling alligators in the swamp, romping with bear cubs, drawing off the venom of a giant rattlesnake bite with the heart of a fresh-killed deer--it's all in a day's work for the Baxter family of the Florida scrublands. But young Jody Baxter is not content with these electrifying escapades, or even with the cozy comfort of home with Pa and Ma. He wants a pet, a friend with whom he can share his quiet cogitations and his corn pone. Jody gets his pet, a frisky fawn he calls Flag, but that's not all. With Flag comes a year of life lessons, frolicking times, and achingly hard decisions. This powerful book is as compelling now as when it was written over 60 years ago. Read simply as a naturalist study of the Florida interior, it fascinates and entices. Add the heart-stopping adventure and heart-wrenching human elements, and this is a classic well worth its Pulitzer Prize. Earthy dialect and homespun wisdom season the story, giving it a unique and unforgettable flavor, and N.C. Wyeth's warm, soft illustrations capture an era of rough subsistence and sweet survival. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raised as a pet.

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