Wednesday, June 22, 2011
It's the story of Billy, a boy growing up in the Ozark hills and swamps, and his case of "puppy love", his desire to have a couple of coon hounds. Old Dan and Little Ann are the answer to his prayer. They go on to become the two best coon hounds in the country. We haven't finished the book yet, but I look forward to every night and love when the boys all ask for "one more chapter." This is also one of the first books that Molly intently listens to and follows. It's fun to have her with us and enjoying it too. I am afraid that after we read this book it will be difficult not to rush out and get a hound of our own. I want my boys to, like Billy, long a little for that dog though. It's such a great story of the sweet taste of delayed gratification.
If you read one book this summer, whether you have kids or not, I recommend that you read this one. Be careful though. If you don't have a dog and aren't in the market for one, this is a dangerous piece of literature. Reader beware.