The Yearling

Teacher Guide: The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings

In the “scrub” woods of central Florida, just south of Gainesville, Jody Baxter and his parents struggle to survive in a hostile wilderness. Jody’s father, Penny, has carved a little haven out of the marshland. Aptly named “Baxter’s Island,” their little home is perched precariously but offers Jody a sense of security. Yet for all that, Jody struggles with loneliness. Caught between childhood and manhood, Jody struggles to mature.