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.
This is a 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.
©1979 Copyright © 1979 Colin Dann (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Remember reading this as a child, the book that got me into reading. This audio version is true to the text and the alternate voices for chapters is a nice change.
Forgot just how brutal the story is though considering it's aimed at very small children (the animal characters for instance are just name after their species, so you get Fox, Badger and Mole).
It is true to life though and I think children will like the fact it's not a whitewashed sanitised view of the animal kingdom.
It has dated a little though (for instance on the male characters are allowed a drink when they find the alcoholic beverage) but it's off its time and there's nothing too bad in it.
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