Level I - 2nd Place - Ben Parsons, Wallace Elementary School,
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Dear Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings,
My name is Ben and I
have read your book, The Yearling. I never knew that so
many emotions could be crammed into one book. It fluctuates
and differs so much. That is one of the reasons it is my
favorite book. I wish you could of made a sequel though, it
would of been just as good.
One of my favorite parts
of The Yearling is when Jody has to shoot Flag. I think it
is cruel when Jody's father makes Jody shoot Flag, but it is
understandable. I think that Jody has to be willing to give
up something important for a more important cause. It is
sad though, and almost brought tears to my eyes. I could
picture every moment with startling clearness. It was truly
an amazing piece of writing.
One of the reasons your
book was so important to me was the way it changed my view on
things. I have always been a nature
freak. Caring for wild animals, watching
them, planting trees and bushes. These are things that
I do to help nature. But your book took me to a whole
new level of nature loving and care. Before I read your
book I merely wanted to help nature. But that is not
enough anymore. Now I actually want to live with
nature, like Jody. Such are the results of reading a
great book like yours.
You may sometimes just
want to slink away into the darkness and curl up in a ball and
sob (hopefully you know this feeling). But nature will
always welcome you in with open arms (or branches). This is another reason why I love nature. When I read
your book I was always on the edge of my seat, ready for another
exciting surprise. And they kept on coming to the end
of the book. This is probably one of the most important
reasons for me liking your book.
If I could have one
thing from The Yearling it would not be Flag as some people might
think. It would be to be in Jody's place for a while.
To know what it's like to live in the back country of Florida,
that would be great. I would give almost anything to know
what it's like in Jody's home (even though you describe life in
his home, I can't really know what's like). This is indeed
my favorite book and that will probably never change.
Ben Parsons, fifth grader
Wallace Elementary School