The Animals of Farthing Wood has been on my Reading list for some time, and even though this one was a picture book I still enjoyed it Maybe later I will pick up the paperbook version It will be interesting to know what parts were missing from the full original version I love animal stories and thought this one was nice but not the same to me as The Wind in the WIllows or Winnie the Pooh It didn t had the same feel to me, although I know the animals are struggling and venture out to find this new home of theirs it didn t had the same spark, adventure and emotional response than other animal books I ve read. Voi sit nostalgian m r , jonka kirjasta voi saada l ysin teoksen vasta aikuisi ll , mutta katsoin siihen perustuvaa animaatiosarjaa lapsena Samanaikaisesti kauhea ja ihana teos, joka piti otteessaan alusta loppuun, vaikka onkin kohdistettu lapsille. Librarian S Note This Is An Alternate Cover Edition ISBN ISBNWhen Bulldozers Enter Farthing Wood, The Animals Must Escape Before Their Homes Are Destroyed They Promise To Stick Together And Protect Each Other But Then They Get Caught In A Fire And Nearly Drown Crossing A RiverWill Their Pact Hold Its been over twenty years since I read this book last with my school class, all of us following along as our teacher the one who impacted me the most read aloud Now I m looking forward to revisiting it with adult eyes Jan 2013 I think this might be THE most spiritual children s book I have ever read There s nothing to skip over, NOTHING to admonish It s just a deep and lovely read with a meaningful message I loved how each character had his own unique character Badger was kind, Fox intelligent and courageous, Mole humble and greedy A vice that had its own price to pay , Kestrel focused and determined, Toad strong and perservering, Pheasant vain, Adder painfully honest, Rabbit grounded.The writing oozes intelligence and is wonderfully imaginative I especially enjoyed the scene where Badger collected glow worms and used them to light his inner chambers the night the animals gathered in his sett very endearing and sweet The story also eminated spirituality and important messages about the care and preservation of Creation, friendship, loyalty and consequences of choices, bravery, perserverence, intelligence and wisdom, kindness, mercy, virtue and admonition The story telling also had a nice rhythm with noticable ebbs and flows A period of intense adventure and action would be followed by one of peace and tranquility and so on, creating interest and enjoyment Dann s words often painted vivid and effortless pictures in my mind.I also loved how Fox saw something positive emerge from a negative event This showed his maturity and his spiritual eye was open noticing how, All works for good The courtship that took place between Fox and Vixen was admirable I loved how Fox admired and respected Vixen s inner and outer beauty, and the way she was not quick to give her heart away, but asked him to prove himself to her before cleaving to him It was all so virtuous and delightful such a good example give to young minds.I also enjoyed the message that went with every animals uniqueness we all have a place and a part to play in life no matter how small or large weak or strong I appreciated the way Dann did not shy away from adressing the realities of life death, suffering, hardship and hunger but met these topics head on, with hope intertwined.A book that I could recommend to any child or parent without reserve especially those of whom are Believers A gripping, exciting and emotional story where the Animals of Farthing Wood must leave their home because of humans destroying the land to build houses Toad reveals he knows a nature reserve where they can all go and live safely from human intervention and so the animals make an oath to protect one another on the dangerous journey to the nature reserve White Deer Park.The group consists of the leader Fox, the second in command Badger, their guide Toad, the lookouts and scouts Tawny Owl and Kestrel as well as an Adder, Weasel, Mole, Hares, Rabbits, Squirrels, Voles, Fieldmice, Hedgehogs, Lizards and Pheasants Along the way they encounter a trunk road, a fire, a storm, getting locked in a shed on a farm where the farmer wields a shotgun, crossing a river, the fox hunt, a motorway, poisonous farmland and going directly through a town The lives of animals are lost, and they meet new friends along the way that join them on their journey, but will they make it to the safety and sanctuary of White Deer Park A truly great story that keeps you hooked from start to finish, I recommend it highly. Kid me reading this oooh, Fox is the cleverest and the handsomest and the bestest hero ever hearteyes Adult me rereading this What an insufferable, condescending twat I am exclusively here for Adder making sarcastic comments and saving lives on the sly, then being really mean to them when they try to thank him because emotions are gross SlytherinsRule The Animals of Farthing Wood is a tale about the residents of Farthing Wood s quest to move to White Deer Park after their home is bulldozed over.Toad returns after a long journey home to discover the water has dried up It was their luck to have the foresight that once the water was gone they d die They had not known about the plans to cement over the land.The book is a traditional journey tale not only in the style of other animal books such as Watership Down, but Lord of the Rings.They stop and they eat, then someone is in peril, they eat, etc.If you are a fan of this genre, as I am, you will find a lot to like about this book.However, it is not nearly as compelling as Watership Down or Frost dancers It almost catches up to Beak of the Moon and Dark of the Moon in quality but the lack of a central character or distinguished culture of these animals makes this book not as real to me In the aforementioned novels, Watership Down in particular, you feel deeply entrenched in the world of these animals In Watership Down, they have set customs and rules and don t know eerily so in Farthing Wood much about the human existence There were a myriad of instances where it s either remarked upon the cruelness of humans or the kindness of humans I scoffed when Owl described the use of machinery for pesticides That took it a bit too far.The moral of this story is that humans are taking up all of the land and leaving nothing for our wildlife The message was well intended, but too much made about human fellows and less about the animals.The charm of even Beak of the Moon it did resort to some heavy handedness about sheep was the lives of these animals were their own.You got to know about each animal in Farthing Wood because their name was their species and for all females, mate Vixen, the fox s mate, showed up late to the party but was the only female given any thought Pheasant s hen gave him a scathing look on occasion, but never chimed in an opinion.Why must this genre be so sexist Are there any animal quests adventures about the girls Badger grated on my nerves To me, he was pompous and overbearing, and far too concern troll over how much Mole ate.Mole put himself down too much I have Duncton Woods on my bookshelf to read soon I hope moles take some back in this book when they are the leads I found Mole adorable in this book but none of these animals got to act in their habitat Squirrels had to crawl on the ground, the poor things, and the Rabbits constantly had to duke it out for being vegetarians As a vegetarian myself, I was on their side.Badger was at his worst when he crowed I told you so well he did say he was right to force the field mice and Vole to stay behind, when their babies are eaten Farthing Wood was written many years before Frost Dancers but both had psychotic birds who killed Frost Dancer s Bubba wasfleshed out than the Butcher Bird.Wise Old Owl was meant to come across as an insufferable know it all, but the book was trying to play off that Badger knew what was best for everyone.I ve adored Foxes my whole life and I loved this Fox.Fox and the Hare were my favourite characters in this book. This was a book that i treasured as a child and that i would take everywhere with me read, until the pages were practically coming away from the spine I adored even the front cover with all the beautiful animals that enchanted me and it was a story that i revelled in and found myself lost within something that was so poinant, exciting and adventurous I love a story that is full of drama, action and adventure and this tale has it in abundance which was also similar to other stories that i loved as a child teenager such as The Wind in the Willows and 101 Dalmations and even Watership Down which are all similarly beautiful adventure stories that contain animals rather than people as the central focus points My imagination was taken on a journey of descovery into a world of rabbit dens, burrows and woods that was utterly delightful and so beautifully captured on paper that it made you feel as if you were actually there situated in the middle of the wood whilst surrounded by all different types of woodland animals, it was just so completely realistic and authentic that proved how great a writer Colin Dann was I adored all the compelling and exciting action and drama that which was fast paced and left you breathless, only wanting to read on and find outIt was also the animals as the story s characters that i grew to love and treat as indaviduals, because of their uniqueness and distinction It is a heartwarming tale of friendship, unity and love and one that is both utterly charming delightful that hundreds of children will love and cherish If you are a fan of works such as the 101 Dalmations, or Watership Down or the Wind in the willows which are all fairly similar in terms of adventure animal content , then you will completely love The Animals of Farthing Wood It is a book that i have cherished and loved since a young child when i first beheld it at aged 10 or 11 and one that i still truly love just as much even now, as it is just so emotive, heartwarming and beautiful that i cannot help but keep re reading it time and time again Out of all the books that i loved reading as a youngster this was one of my favouriteds and one which i could not help but take much enjoyment, pleasure and delight from reading and i cannot hence enthuse enough at how utterly charming poinant a book this is I urge you to read this at any age as i can garuntee that it will exceed all expectations, and it is a novel that still even today holds a special place in my heart. Although this book is one of quite a few in the series written by this author for youngsters, I do have a weakness for animal stories written for all ages The Redwall collection and for older children right through to all ages such excellent reads as The Duncton Wood books Little House on the Prairie and Watership Down for example are all favourites of mine The recurring themes I like in many of these books are similar in that they are all quests of some sort or other where the goal is to reach a better place or to conquer some sort of evil and triumph On the way to find a new and safer home the animals of Farthing Wood meet with many ups and downs along their journey to a nature reserve and in the process the different animals learn to bond together in mutual care, cooperation and friendship The author does introduce difficult concepts such as the loss of friends due to death which he handles in a gentle and sensitive way What is not to like about these books The Animals of Farthing Wood was easy to read for the second time and a superb story for youngsters from nine to ninety 1993 a new cartoon series came to the BBC and being around six or seven years old, I sat down to watch it I loved animals and anything to do with them It has long since been one of my favourite things to watch since being a child I first read the books when I was about eight or nine when the second series came out on TV.Lately I bought myself the DVD of The Animals of Farthing Wood only available in Germany weirdly enough but you can watch the English version rather then having to learn German I just sat down and watched it pretty much straight through I can t have seen it in about ten years since our video player gave up the ghost and it is just as good now as it was back then.And so seeing as I still had my old book I read when I was a child I decided to re read the series It s been a bit like memory lane and I ve been wanting to revisit my old childhood favourites for a while now anyway.It s going to be difficult to review this book without comparing it to the cartoon series For me both are so caught up with each other in my head anyway.Having re read it I can say that the TV series is a lot better The book I felt was rather dated and I thought a little sexist The only female character who had a voice was the Vixen and even that was very little comparatively In the cartoon series, many of the book s characters have had a sex change.The Animals of Farthing Wood is quite similar to Watership Down albeit aimed at younger children They are both about a group of animals who decide to travel to a different home due to human s building on their land The animals are presented realistically and do not behave like animal shaped humans They are not overly cute and they face dangers that would naturally occur in the wild and some of them even die.The deaths in the book I felt to be less traumatic then they were in the TV series I cried throughout the cartoon, but in the books deaths were dealt with muchmatter of factly and of course, without any timely music.Colin Dann goes in a bit heavy handed with the moral message about human s complete lack of regard for wildlife touching upon animal cruelty as well as environmental destruction Understandably however, this book is aimed at children and so the message probably has to be made a littleobvious and clear Quite often some of the characters will lapse into a small lecture of how strange humans are and how cruel they can be.This is a good book for children who love animals, or even adults too Whereas Watership Down is muchaimed at Young Adults to fully grown adults, The Animals of Farthing Wood issuited to a younger audience.However young and old alike will enjoy the beautiful cartoon which you can see on youtube Like the Watership Down film 1978 the backgrounds are beautifully drawn in watercolour.This is the first book in the Farthing Wood series and I hope to re read the rest of them in due course.
Colin Dann born 1943 in Richmond, Surrey now part of London is an English author He is best known for his The Animals of Farthing Wood series of books, which was subsequently made into an animated series.Dann worked at the publishing firm William Collins Sons Co for thirteen years, and his first novel, The Animals of Farthing Wood, was written during this period The original cover for
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