What is the time and setting of Old Yeller?

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Old Yeller," the book written by Fred Gipson, is set during the late 1860's.  The setting location is in Salt Lick, Texas.  That location is 600 miles south of Abilene, Kansas.  The main character, Travis Coates, has been left behind on his family's ranch to take care of the property, his mother, and his younger brother Arliss.  The reason that Travis is left more or less in charge is that his dad has left on a cattle drive.  For historical reference, the late 1860's would put the time period just after the American Civil War has ended (Civil War went from April 1861 - April 1865). The book itself was written in 1956 and Walt Disney did not waste any time turning it into a film.  The film was made by 1957, and the book had to wait until 1969 to receive a Newbery Honor Award. 

iamkaori | Student

The book Old Yeller by Fred Gipson is set to take place in central Texas (Salt Lick) in Kansas in a hill country. The year is probably the late 1860s. The book itself was written in 1956 as a children's book.

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