Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Animals of Farthing Wood (book review)

The Animals of Farthing Wood, by Colin Dann, is the story of the inhabitants of a small patch of trees surrounded by houses and roads. Farthing Wood was once a great expanse of land, surrounded by Farthing Heath. But now, the humans have forced the animals into a smaller and smaller area. When they find that their pond (the only good source of water left) has been filled in, they decide to take action. Led by wise, young Fox and humble Badger, they journey to the nature reserve White Deer Park. Lives will be lost, but companions will be found along the way as the animals journey across deserts, rivers, and through woods.

This book was a slow read, but it was worth it to learn about the hardships and triumphs of the animals' journey. The characters were just as real and emotional as people would be. I just don't find many books like this one!