Big Red

Big Red

Book - 1973
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"Danny Pickett is too poor to own of Mr. Haggin's champion Irish setters, but that doesn't stop him from losing his heart to a beautiful dog he calls Big Red. The two are drawn to each other from the start and soon become inseperable. But their loyalty and courage are tested as they face grave danger in the harsh wilderness, including Old majesty, a massive bear, and a fierce snowstorm."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York ; Holiday House, c1973.
ISBN: 9780823423910
Call Number: KJELGAARD
Characteristics: 254 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Dogs -- Juvenile fiction.


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Dec 23, 2019

The back flyleaf tells readers that the author, Jim Kjelgaard (1910-1959) "spent most of his childhood in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania. It was his adventures in these mountains that inspired many of his novels, including 'Big Red' ...". Not to be confused with the Disney movie adaptation (that was filmed in Quebec), the juvenile novel presents 17-year old Danny Pickett having many adventures with Irish setter 'Big Red' in the Appalachian/Allegheny Mountains a few hours drive from New York City. A dozen black and white drawings illustrate the highlights of the story. Although 75-years old, this coming-of-age story stands the test of time and changing attitudes and outlooks.

Sep 08, 2014

I enjoyed this Juvenile rated book; recommended to young readers especially dog lovers. Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

alperkins Jun 03, 2014

Fabulous book! Excellent writing style- folksy but well written. A definite classic!

Mar 23, 2014

Juvenile rated 'Big Red' by Jim Kjelgaard – This book is right up there with Betsy Byars - ‘My Dog My Hero’ (2000) and Wilson Rawls - ‘Where The Red Fern Grows’ (1996); ideal for young boys 8 to 13 years of age. Be forewarned that some of the written English is early American, i.e., appropriate for the era but back woods English or slang. The story of Big Red can also be seen by signing out a Disney DVD (2000) from the Ottawa Public Library. However, a comment on the DVD from another patron of the Ottawa Public Library was not very flattering, e.g., “the best acting was done by the cougar.” Still, do not let the movie deter you from enjoying a very nice book for children. Regretfully, one of Kjelgaard’s very best novels and a book that I loved so much as a boy, ‘Fire Hunter,’ is no longer available at our Library. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.


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alperkins Jun 04, 2014

alperkins thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

Oct 22, 2013

gems thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

lms May 07, 2008

lms thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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alperkins Jun 03, 2014

This charming woodsman story is centered around Danny Pickett and his beloved dog, Red. Danny falls in love with Red, who is owned by a wealthy neighbor. This kindly neighbor, Mr. Haggin, allows Danny to help with the care of Red, even allowing Danny to take care of Red in his own cabin. Eventually, Danny must make the hard decision of allowing Red to hunt a killer bear or keeping him a show dog. Interwoven in the story are tales of hunting savage animals, tender emotions, and final victory over the wild.

lms May 07, 2008

"Called runt, misfit, and troublemaker, Big Red's son Mike escapes from a training kennel to join the two men he loves in their forest retreat and proves he has the intelligence and skill expected of the offspring of a famous Irish setter." (Novelist Review)


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Dec 23, 2019

"Danny tried and failed to put into words some of the things he had learned on his brief visit to New York [to a dog show] and his association with Mr. Haggin [the owner of Big Red]. Always before he had accepted [his father] Ross's notion that a dog was a dog, something to be bent to the will of its master. But that wasn't so. For thousands of years there had been special dogs for special functions ... and only when you knew something of their blood lines could you really appreciate the fascinating story of dogdom. It was in Red's blood to hunt birds, and partridges were the only game birds in the Wintapi. Making him hunt anything else would verge on the criminal. But how to explain all this to Ross?" (p. 140)


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