Book: Billy Colman is a poor boy growing up in the Ozarks. He decides he wants to purchase two hunting Redbone coonhounds to train them to hunt. He earns the money for them himself and trains them to hunt. He trains them really well, and they become locally famous. Eventually, they get entered into a hunting championship.
Movie: The movie plot is nearly identical to the book. There are almost no major plot differences between the book and movie.
Similarities: These two stories are nearly identical.
Differences: I think in the movie, Billy gets into fights with the neighbors more, but other than that, I think there are very few differences.
Winner: Both the movie and story are two rather depressing stories. I think the movie is the winner in this case, because it only takes an hour and a half to go through, rather than the four to six hours it takes to read the book. I always remember this movie because it made my brother cry when he was eight or nine years old. I was emotionally undisturbed.