Some books are worth reading more than once. I have several books that I like to reread, many of them old favorites that I revisit each year at a specific time. Big Red is one of my books to read in autumn. I first picked it up when I was just a little tomboy. I remember this book resonating with me because the setting was very like my own home: the wild hills which I explored by myself and with my brother and sister and cousins was much like the land described in the book. Big Red is also a coming of age story and I’ve always been a sucker for a good coming of age tale. There is danger and adventure and a boy who embraces solitude and independence. There are beautiful illustrations by Bob Kuhn. There are life lessons and lyrical language. And there’s the dog. And who doesn’t love a good boy-and-dog story? And (spoiler alert) this one does not have a heartbreaking ending.