The Marshal

March 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm 10 comments

Posted by: Israel Sanchez
Book: Where the Red Fern Grows
(purchase on Amazon)

“He raised me to a sitting position.  His deep friendly voice said, “Are you all right, son?”

When Billy goes to pick up his puppies at the mail depot, it’s the first time he has ever been in to town.  He gets many stares from townspeople as he walks down the street with his dogs.  A group of boys taunt him for being a “hillbilly”, they stomp his bare feet and pull the ears of the girl pup, when Billy stands up to them he is attacked.  He fights the boys off for a while but eventually falls to the ground under their punches and kicks.  The town marshal scatters the group of boys and helps Billy up.  When the marshal hears the story of how long Billy worked and how far he traveled to get his hunting dogs he is so impressed that he offers to buy Billy a bottle of soda pop, it’s Billy’s first taste of soda ever.  The marshal is one of many people who help Billy along after seeing the bond he shares with his dogs.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Richard Pose  |  March 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Great illustration, Israel. Love the puppy designs.

    • 2. israels  |  March 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm


  • 3. S.britt  |  March 23, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Man, this is utterly stupendous! I especially love young Buster Bluth in the right-hand corner. Gosh I certainly hope some publisher snaps this up from you!

  • 4. S.Mesnard  |  March 23, 2010 at 3:11 am

    All in your illustration is so great! the faces, bodies, your fantastic colors and this strong and heavy ambiance make this piece amazingly powerful!

    Merci for that one!

  • 5. jacqueline c  |  March 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve got to re-read this book!

  • 6. israel  |  March 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    merci and thank you all!

  • 7. Asia Sanchez  |  March 31, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Lovely illustration, and I think our names have something in common!

    • 8. israel  |  April 2, 2010 at 2:10 am

      Yes, thank you ‘cousin’ Asia.

  • 9. J.  |  April 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Oh maaaaan this book broke my heart in first grade and I can tell it’s going to happen again!

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you do.

  • 10. israel  |  April 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks J! Yup, the ending is a heart breaker. I’m not yet sure how I’m going to handle illustrating it, it’s gonna be tough!


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