Where The Red Fern Grows!!!! 1Presentation Transcript
Where The Red Fern Grows!!!! Presented By: tigergirl For Mrs. Lohr and Mrs. Durff
The first night of hunting I was so nervous. The whole house was on edge. I could tell Mama was upset about me hunting at night. But Papa seemed to be okay with it.
I could tell Mama was upset about me hunting at night. But Papa seemed to be okay with it. Old Dan and Little Ann knew we were going hunting. The time came to go hunting and Old Dan was waiting on the steps then he went to the gate. I said” They know that we’re going hunting.” My little sister said,” Yeah because I told Little Ann and she told Old Dan!” We all had to laugh. At first it was going good for a while. Then the dogs struck a coon trail. The coon played his first trick when I least expected it.
I was waiting for my dogs to find the trail when I heard my dogs. I ran to see and they were prowling around the drift. I saw the coon and Old Dan whimpered for help. I told them," I not going to help you, and your not going to find him there.
Just remember your training and you’ll catch that coon.” I couldn’t understand why the training didn’t help. Was all it useless? Then Little Ann found the trail. I was so proud when I saw her swimming across the river chasing that coon. “I waited holding my breath until I heard my dogs bawl the long-drawn-out bawl of treed bark.” I ran to my dog and I stopped in my tracks. “The reason was because the tree they treed him in was the biggest tree in all the bottoms.
“ I had always stopped to admire the tree. It was like a king standing tall over his domain.” I looked at my dogs and I said, “Come on. There’s nothing I can do.”
“ Now you know I’d get the coon if I could but I cant. You both are acting silly. Let’s go both of you. They were still resistant and I didn’t know why. Little Ann wouldn’t even look at me and Old Dan looked at me with this look that said, “You told us to put one in a tree and you would do the rest.” This made me understand why they wouldn’t leave. “I silently got tears in my eyes. I got angry and so I gritted my teeth, I said, “I don’t care how big you are, I’m not going to let my dogs down.
I promised if they put one in a tree I would do the rest and I’m going to. I’m going to cut you down no matter what!!!
I swung my axe all night and well into the next morning. “By sun up I could hardly move. My hands were numb and my back screamed in pain. I could go no futher . After sitting down I fell asleep. Little Ann woke me by licking my face. I thought about going to wash my face in the stream when I heard my father’s voice. I whooped back.” I then explained why I hadn’t come home the night before. I finished and then Pa said, “Your mother worried about you. Is the coon up there?” He pointed up to the tree.
“ Yes my dogs were not ten feet behind when he ran up there. “ I said, “ I don’t care if it takes me a whole year I’m going to cut down that tree.” Papa said, “ It won’t take that long but I’ll stay here and you can go get some breakfast and come back?
“ No, Papa I don’t want any help. You see, if someone helps me, I wouldn’t feel like I kept my part of the agreement.” An astonished look came over his face. And he said, “You can’t stay down here without any food. Be-sides, it’ll take two or three days to cut that tree down and that’s hard work.”
“ Please Papa, don’t make me quit. I just want to keep my promise and get that coon. My dogs won’t ever believe me ever again.”
I waited for him to make up his mid and he final came to a decision. “Well alright if that’s the way you want it, I’m for it even if it’s between you and your dogs.
Now I have to get back to your mother and tell her your alright.”
“ Tell Mama I’m sorry for not coming back last night.” I said with tears in my eyes.” After Papa left my axe felt lighter and the tree looked smaller “ Later my sister came with a lunch bucket. My little sister’s eyes got big as a guineas’ egg. She said, “Your crazy. Why it’ll take you all day and what are you going to do when It get’s dark?” .
I was so busy with the food I paid no attention to her. After all she was a girl, and girls don’t think like boys do.
“ I will keep right on chopping. I stayed last night didn’t I? Well, I’ll stay till it’s cut down, I don’t care how long it takes. My sister got upset she threw her head back and looked up at the tree then back at me and said, “Your as crazy as a bedbug. Why I never heard of such a thing.” She stepped close to me and asked if she could see my eyes very seriously. I said I wasn’t sick and she said, “Yes you are Billy, very sick. Mama said that when Old Man Johnson went crazy his eyes turned green,”
“ I want to see if yours have.” This was too much. I picked up a stick and I started toward her. She started for the house. I would never hit her for anything.
As I sat down I threw the stick. At the bottom of my bucket there were some scraps for my dogs. The food did wonders for me. Chips started to fly and the hole in the tree got bigger. I started a new one in the other side of the tree. Old Dan inspected my work. He climbed inside the tree. I told him the if the tree fell over he would be flatter than a tadpole's tail. Little Ann made a bed of dead leaves. She pretended to be asleep but every time I would stop chopping she looked up and inspected my work. She would look at me every time. I WILL KEEP MY PROMISE .