Ages 10 and up
Humans, in their quest to acquire more and more land, start encroaching into Farthing Wood. It starts with all the massive bulldozers tearing up the forest and the homes of many animals. This scares all the animals and a meeting is held at the badger’s burrow.
The meeting is attended by animals like badger, fox, weasel, adder, toad, owl, kestrel, etc. The meeting is lead by fox and badger, who try to come up with a solution which will help save the animals from the dangers in the forest. Of all the animals, toad comes up with the best solution.
Toad tells the animals about White Deer Park which is a safe location away from humans. After thinking about toad’s idea, they decide to go with it. Many of the animals are ready straight away, while some of the small animals are unsure about it, as they don’t trust the big animals. They are afraid that animals like kestrel, owl, fox and adder might harm them. On hearing this badger makes all the animals take an oath that no matter how different an animal is, they will stick together and not harm each other.
After taking the oath all the animals set off on their journey to White Deer Park. On the way there, the animals face many dangers and they need to help each other despite their many differences and lack of trust in each other.
The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann is one of the best animals book ever. This book can be enjoyed by both children and adults. The book not only takes you through an amazing journey across lands, but also a journey that covers issues like trust, and friendship. The book shows us how animals and people who wouldn’t normally get along, make an effort to help each other, when they are faced by the biggest dangers.
If you love animals and wildlife you should read this book.
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