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James Herriot's Animal Stories (James Herriot's Animal Stories)

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When you enter the world of James Herriot's Animal Stories, you’ll share his wonder and humor, his adventures and misadventures as he contends with pet owners and landowners; rough-spoken farmers and soft-spoken gentry; orphaned lambs, litters of piglets and puppies, cattle and draught horses; and a miscellany of cats and dogs including, of course, Mrs. Pumphrey’s inimitab ...more
Hardcover, 145 pages
Published August 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Press
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This was the third book that I read for my read-a-thon last weekend in the Goodreads group You'll love this one...!! A book club & more and it was by far my favourite read of the read-a-thon. Last year around this time I read my first James Herriot book and I've loved his writing ever since.

In this short book James Herriot told some old stories as well as some new ones. I really enjoyed reading the stories I've already read about some of the animals Tricki Woo in particular I think that sto
Nov 20, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all creatures young and old
Recommended to Chris by: my high school english teacher
This review is for all the Harriot books I read. I first read All Creatures Great and Small in high school. I was intimidated at first because well, it starts out with the birth of a calf. I didn't know if I could continue on (He goes into a lot of detail about that birth!) I finished it, and got an A on the quiz for the book. Then, I decided to read more of his series, because they were just so comical and well written. Unfortunately, I couldn't read those for a grade... just entertainment.

Aug 17, 2014 Kalen rated it really liked it
I received this book on Christmas 2000 but I don't think I ever read it. I had read other James Herriot books but I don't remember any of these stories.

Herriot has a way of writing which makes inserting his hand into the birth canal of an animal to extract her offspring sound pleasant and almost whimsically romantic. He does a wonderful job at painting a screen an landscape where you can truly envision the surroundings whether its a cold, dank cow shed to the elegance and comfort of the home of
Nov 06, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing
My children and I listened to this book on CD as narrated by Jim Dale. What an enjoyable 90 minutes! I adore Mr. Dale's narrations immensely. His voice brought a sense of homey-neighborly-kindness to all the stories which are already brimming with kindness, gentleness and humor. We loved it. I am now ready to begin reading Mr. Herriot's other books....I wonder if Jim Dale narrates any of those?
Megan Galligan
Nov 20, 2013 Megan Galligan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Herriot has come up with a really great book. Animal Stories is a bunch of short stories which tell Herriot's own experiences as a veterinarian. He deals with a lot of different types of animals and different problems.

He lives in Yorkshire, England. All of the stories take place around his home. One of the stories is called "Mick the Dreamer". This is a story about a time when Herriot saw a man walking his dog that had his eyelid turned inside out. He went to the man walking the dog and
"Here are lambs, horses, cows, dogs, even a whimsical pig or two, along with their colorful human counterparts -- all brought vividly to life by [James] Herriot's storytelling magic. From a prickly horse young James encountered early in his veterinary-school experience, through Dorothy the goat -- star of the entrancing holiday tale 'There's Christmas -- and Christmas' -- we are reacquainted with all the charming companions of Herriot's Yorkshire menagerie. Once again illuminated by the radiant ...more
Aug 23, 2010 rabbitprincess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of James Herriot or vet stories in general
Excerpt from Grade 6 review ahoy:

"The book I read today is a bunch of short stories about animals. The author is in all of the stories. He is a veterinarian.

The book is very well written and the pictures are spectacular. The book is pretty exciting -- not like murder-every-five-seconds exciting, but a life-and-death struggle.

The stories I've read so far mostly deal with all these animals having babies (eww), but in one of them, a bull had sunstroke and some calves got lead poisoning from paint."
Dec 26, 2012 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Excellent stories of animals and the people who own them. The one title "There's Christmas --and Christmas" was so timely, and a perfect reminder of how wonderful the day can be even when you have to work. Herriot paints an idealized scene of the towns and countryside that only adds to the beauty of the story. This short volume was even more enhanced by the inclusion of beautiful watercolor paintings with each story, and an introduction written by Herriot's (Wight's) son that tells of his introd ...more
Jan 30, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful little read this was. James Herriot's son compiled 10 of his best-loved stories into this little 145 page book. It's been on my bookshelf for several years. I finally dusted it off and read it in one day. Brought smiles and sadness to my heart, I would wish for animal lovers everywhere to snuggy in and read it. The copy I have is a first edition with beautiful illustrations and lovely smooth pages. Read it, you won't be sorry. (If you are unfamiliar with James Herriot, he author ...more
Jodie Hill
Sep 11, 2011 Jodie Hill rated it it was amazing
There is just something that is so magical about James Herriot's writing... I always love how he describes his life as a country vet. I've read all his other books, but when I ran across this one, I picked it up because I thought it might be a good introduction for my kids to his writing and stories. I think it's still a little beyond them with the language/dialect specific writing with the patients' owners, but breezing through this one evening was so uplifting, I didn't mind rereading some of ...more
Apr 22, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
James Herriots book Animal stories is a good book for people of all ages. In each story he talks about some of his stories of being a vet in the English countryside. Some stories make you laugh, like Miss Pumphreys Pekineses Tricky-Woo, a dog with a pen pal, and others make you cry. I personally enjoyed his stories and would recommend them to people who love animals or who would like to become a vet.
Apr 14, 2009 Emy rated it really liked it
Also a great little quick read. If you've never heard of James Herriot before, he is famous for writing stories about his practice as a traveling veterinarian in rural England. His writing style is simple and warm and is not just about the animals he visits but the interesting farmers and owners of the animals he comes to know and love. Totally clean!
Aug 07, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing
I found this little treasure and bought it immediately. My children were raised on James Herriot stories. His stories are rich and delightful...they touch the best and most gentle side of our humanity. Grab his individual "children's" stories when you can.
Nov 01, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-to
I just adore the James Herriot books. His writing is so desriptive, he paints just wonderful pictures, without being verbose. Some of these stories I had heard before - but I could listen to these over and over.
Jun 01, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Absolutely charming change of pace for me. Got this to read to my Mom and turned out to be very entertaining. Being a vet in Yorkshire provided fodder for a good read. We are going to get another very soon!
Jul 28, 2013 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great tales of the people and animals of the Yorkshire Dales, and Herriot's experiences as a vet. Especially great for long drives - the stories are great, and the narrator makes them even better.
Aug 19, 2011 Lesley rated it it was amazing
I loved it , Warm down to earth family values you feel like you have gone back into the 1930s 40s 50s and you have gone to see some very dear friends.n time
Sep 24, 2009 Marilyn rated it really liked it
Well written and well illustrated. James Herriot knows his animals. (Farm animals--he doesn't do wild animals.)
Nov 10, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it

These Charming stories are recommended in audio format - Jim Dale narrates wonderfully. 9/10
Jul 28, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Listened to the audiobook. Made me smirk and laugh to myself. Lots of wisdom in this short book.
Sep 07, 2009 Jessie rated it liked it
I listened to these stories when walking to work this summer. What sweet stories.
Jul 07, 2008 Pandora rated it it was amazing
James Herriot is an amazing story teller. I cannot wait to read more of his stories.
Tracy Canuck
Jan 31, 2015 Tracy Canuck rated it it was amazing
Love reading James Herriot's vet stories set in the English countryside.
Aug 18, 2009 Chrissy rated it it was amazing
You have to read this! even if it's only for the cute animals. :)
May 24, 2012 Ruby rated it really liked it
I originally borrowed this book from the library for my daughter to read for her 4-H project, but she found it too confusing and realized early on that it wasn’t “her thing”. So I chose to read it instead. While I enjoyed reading about the many adventures of a large animal veterinarian living in Ireland, I have to admit that I got confused by some of the language differences and slang. Overall, though, I’m glad I read this book because it gave me a lot of chuckles, as Mr. Herriot wasn’t afraid t ...more
Aug 02, 2007 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a very sweet book, but I intended to read it to my four year old son and it's just not age appropriate. There's some cussing from the ranchers, he gets a little sloshed in each of the stories (before driving), and there's a general subtle humor to the whole book that I don't think he would get. I enjoyed it.
Aug 28, 2011 glenda rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough about this series of books. If you are a lover of animals, you will love them all. The fact that the books are true stories, written by an actual country vet , makes them all the more touching, hilarious, and heartbreaking. I loved every one!
Jan 02, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing
The very first James Herriot book that I read as a child. I believe he is very much the reason that I have a passion for animals today. A great man with great stories. A must read for animal lovers (and everyone!)
Oct 31, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
As pleasurable to look at as it is to read. The illustrations make beautiful additions to tales of veterinary practice in the charming English countryside.
Once you have read on of these books you will want to read them all. Read them to your kids and make it family fun.
Wonderful read.
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James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred Wight, OBE, FRCVS also known as Alf Wight, an English veterinary surgeon and writer. Wight is best known for his semi-autobiographical stories, often referred to collectively as All Creatures Great and Small, a title used in some editions and in film and television adaptations.

In 1939, at the age of 23, he qualified as a veterinary surgeon with Glasgow
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