Review - The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

By Carmen, 22 December 2018
My Copy of the Book

Year Published: 2012 (Originally published in 1979)

Genre: Children's Fiction


Both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, The Animals of Farthing Wood is a classic animal story of adventure and the fight for survival.

Farthing Wood is being bulldozed and a drought means the animals no longer have anywhere to live or drink. Fox, Badger, Toad, Tawny Owl, Mole and the other animals band together and leave their ancestral home and set off to move to a far-away nature reserve. Their journey is full of adventure and fraught with disasters: a fire, a storm, a treacherous river crossing and a hunt. The animals must unite in adversity and in doing so they learn about each other’s habits and limitations.

The story about tolerance, cooperation, survival and friendship from Colin Dann, which inspired the major BBC children’s series of the 1990s. The Animals of Farthing Wood is one of the most popular animal stories in children’s literature and is still in print nearly 35 years after first publication.

About the Author:

Colin Dann (born 30 August 1943 in Richmond, Surrey) 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 this and a dozen others was painted by Portal artist Frances Broomfield.

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My Take on the Book:

This was a series that I loved during my childhood; and is known to be a beloved childhood story.

Strangely enough, this is the first time that I’ve read the first part of Farthing Wood; up until now, I’ve only been familiar with the stories from when the animals were in White Deer Park.

This novel has a wonderful theme of neighbourly kindness as well as helpfulness; and these animals ended up going through quite a few adventures; and unfortunately, not all of them came away unscathed.

This was a really enjoyable leisurely read for me that I ended up giving a four star rating to.

Last Word:

I definitely also plan on reading the prequel; where, up until now, I hadn’t even known there was one.

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