The Animals of Farthing Wood

The Animals of Farthing WoodLibrarian S Note This Is An Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 10 1405225521 ISBN 13 9781405225526When 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 River.Will Their Pact Hold One of my all time childhood favourites I was obsessed with the animated series which led me to the books, it s probably the reason why I like to read and compare my favourite film and tv shows now.The adventure follows a group of animals who are forced from their home after humans start destroying their woods, with numerous hurdles the band of friends travel across the country to find protection at the White Deer Park nature reserve.There s such a nice array of characters including the loyal Fox and pompous Owl plus the fatherly Badger and the greedy Mole who s appetite can lead him into trouble, the group are lead by tour guide Toad.Death is a constant threat throughout the book as some of the other animals won t complete the journey.It s gives a real sense of peril and as no one feels safe.One thing that the tv adaptation improved on was changing some of the animals into female characters, it gives a diverse feel to the story.I ve got so many fond memories of reading this a
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 o
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 a
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, bra
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. 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 sarcast
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 an
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 fo
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
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