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The Animals of Farthing Wood (Farthing Wood #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,816 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
A group of forest animals unite to help each other to safety in this classic tale of tolerance, cooperation, survival, and friendship. When 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? ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Egmont UK (first published 1979)
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Aug 30, 2011 Fiona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all children, especially those who only read that girly crap out there
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 Ger
Jan 22, 2013 Jayne rated it liked it
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 k
Mar 22, 2012 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
Sarah Adamson
Feb 28, 2015 Sarah Adamson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, ya
This is a beautiful book aimed at children, detailing the destruction of Farthing wood and the migration of the animals living there to a new safe place to live. Teamwork, co-operation and a respect for life is taught in a magnificent story.
Karl Orbell
Feb 28, 2013 Karl Orbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: naturalists, nature, wildlife, children
When I was considerably younger, there was a programme on TV, lots of short-ish episodes, animated, wonderful orchestral theme music and lots of slightly anthropomorphised animals (purely in voice and thought, nothing else). It was an unusual production, a collaborative effort between most of Europe's primary television channels, an environmental message to share. I loved it, watched it many times, even in my adulthood; my mother did too.

Skip forward a decade or two and I find out it was based o
Jan 16, 2013 Elien rated it it was amazing
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So my deep love for all the characters in the Animals of Farthing wood, started as far back as I can remember. In fact I can't remember a time I didn't love this story/characters within it (I even love the characters I dislike). I was originally exposed to it as the animated cartoon series. It wasn't until many years later that I discovered that it was in fact a book, as soon as I found out about this fact I bought the book (I had to get my local bookshop to order it in). I loved it just as much ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
As their home of Farthing Wood is being torn down by humans, the inhabitants of the forest must put aside their differences and embark on a journey to find refuge in a natural reserve several weeks of travel away. This is the basic gist of this book which, at a first glimpse, might look like a rehash of Watership Down, except with all kinds of animals instead of just rabbits.

The story is actually quite nice for a children's book, though for me it sometimes jumps too easily between the whimsy an
Hope Jasmine
Oct 18, 2013 Hope Jasmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Hope by: My big brother
Animals of Farthing Wood is a story about a large group of Animals consisting of many species and their journey to a place called White Deer Park.
This is a story i still love to this day. I first learned of this series when i watched it on video a while later i got the book and read. I've found the book better then the video's in many ways.
The characters noble Fox, honest Badger, wise Owl, happy Toad and Adder the apparently self centered Snake.
It also effortlessly and easily introduced the s
Aug 08, 2013 Somerandom rated it really liked it
I loved Animals of Farthing Wood. I used to watch the show as a young kid. It was hardcore. Animals dying every other episode, poisoning, animals being cooked by humans, animals eating each other, a blood feud, a snake being torn in half, another snake being choked to death by a rat and so on. You know, for kids!

This book is about a group of animals who decide to go on an epic journey once their home is destroyed by humans. They decide not to eat each other and instead band together to find a ne
GD Trekkie
So far this book has been good, but the names of the animals are too generic. Like Fox or Badger and Toad. An example is like Fieldmouse. There are other Field mice with him and his name is too generic for older readers who have read books like Warriors or Ratha's Creature. But for younger readers the names are just fine.
Also I think for a while I was a little bored with it but it gives an animal's eye view about human impact and so forth. No animal really died in the story except for maybe the
Nov 03, 2010 Ryohei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about animals escaping from reclamation of the Farthing Wood where they originally inhabited. This story is written in a perspective from animals. The most curious thing in this story is that the carnivore such as fox and badger are acting as a group with herbivore such as rabbits and field mice. I like this story because this story tells the expression or thoughts of animals which we usually cannot understand. Moreover, they try to help each other even though there is a boundary b ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Shelina rated it really liked it
This book is about a group of different animals that live in the forest called Farthingwood. Humans are trying to cut their forest down, and they must escape, leaving their comfort zone and home. They wondered out to find a new home and through their journey they encounter lots of danger. The animals show courage and friendship, by always helping each other and finding a way out of their troubles. A great book to show the importance of friendship and good relations, also a great look into how an ...more
Mar 14, 2016 Kerstin rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
4,5/5 stars
When I was younger, I used to watch the tv show all the time. And even though I can't remember everything about the plot, I still love it dearly - so of course I had to read the book.
I liked it. The story is (at least from what I remember) almost exactly like the tv show, so whoever created the show did a great job. It's very easy to read and the plot is quite interesting; it had me invested even though I knew how it would end. The animals themselves are unique characters and even tho
John Kirk
Nov 26, 2014 John Kirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favourite books when I was a child, and I lost count of how many times I re-read it. Coming back to it now as an adult, it's held up very well.

The basic point of the book is that it's all about a group of animals working together when they would normally be enemies (predator and prey). This isn't a 1-sided relationship: almost every creature has a chance to shine at some point during the story.

The structure is quite episodic (similar to The Odyssey, as the animals encounter va
Apr 04, 2016 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I feel uncomfortable rating this book, as I don't think I was in the mood for it. I wanted to read it, but instead of doing the sensible thing of stopping once I realised that perhaps this was not the right book for now, I kept reading. Why? Who knows! So I'm going to talk very briefly about my thoughts even though they are true of now, but would probably change with another reading. (This makes me wonder if that is a thing with every book we read - our opinions are of the moment. Hmm, I'm g
Aug 13, 2014 Evelyn rated it really liked it
[This review is part of my 30 Day Book Challenge - a book that reminds me of someone]

The Animals of Farthing Wood is an epic. An honest-to-god lengthy-narrative epic poem, except without the poetry part. Which maybe defeats the entire purpose of calling it an epic poem. In any case, it feels like an epic. It's to do with a bunch of animals, foxes and badgers and mice, having to relocate from one park to another. That makes it sounds really simple, which it isn't. It's an epic.

It draws these vivi
A.R. Collins
Jun 23, 2016 A.R. Collins rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Overall I found this rather dull. For me, most of the characters have one dimension or even fewer. I can see why Adder is a fan favourite, and I felt that Whistler put a bit of life into his introductory chapter. I had some issues with the writing, particularly imagery being overused to the point of becoming defunct, and the inappropriate adverbs (the author can't help it if no one told him to avoid them adverbs, but he is entirely responsible for the word choice).

Maybe I'm being too influenced
Thérèse Wood
Jan 05, 2014 Thérèse Wood rated it it was amazing
forced out of their ancestral home by bulldozers
these small, cutest of animals assemble & journey to White Deer Park
feeling sad to have left Farthing Wood destroyed by monsters
they make an oath to protect each other from anything dark

I first read this book when I was a child, I loved the little animals with their different personalities & I was inconsolably upset when the humans destroyed Farthing Wood.
I also remember being most moved by Vixen's character.

Currently, I live near to Woods
God I want to watch the show again.
Mar 08, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the TV series as a child and when I found this book at my parents, well, I was excited to say the least. It's a good, ripping yarn about the flight of a group of woodland animals on the search of a new home. Each species is portrayed beautifully. Something that I missed as a child was the moral messages littered throughout the chapters on the disregard for wildlife and destructive, wasteful behaviour of mankind. My only disappointment was at the end of the book SPOILER ALERT! wh ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute classic, the kind of tale that will be held up ten generations from now as an example of engaging storytelling, faithful animal characters and wonderful adventure. While more people are familiar with the TV series based upon these books than its origin, the books are not to be discounted. The characters are wonderfully written, staying true to their natures while offering a wide range of attributes and flaw humans can easily relate to. Readers of all ages should add this ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Nicky rated it liked it
When I was young, The Animals of Farthing Wood was a cartoon I really enjoyed and then I found out that the show was based on a series of books. I was quite an advanced reader as a child, but these books held my attention (I may have liked the odd foray into children's literature from time to time).
If you've seen the series you will notice several differences, most notably the gender changes of some of the characters; in the book the main cast is almost exclusively male, and the series balanced
So as a British kid of the 90s, The Animals of Farthing Wood TV series was a staple of my afternoons. I LOVED this show. It occurred to me that I'd never read the book, so as an adult, I wanted to sit down and read this children's classic.

The story is good. The overall arc makes sense and has a definite direction, but the pacing is a bit lacking. It often felt like it was one trial after another, a constant state of "out of the frying pan and into the fire". The animals really don't seem to be a
Dan. Thompson
I have to say that I enjoyed this much loved children's classic. It was an easy read, moves along at a nice even pace, and it doesn't tax you too much either. Reading along as the band of animals travel from their beloved Farthing Wood to a nature reserve strikes a few heartstrings along the way too. There's motorways to cross, butcher birds to avoid, as well as an awful fire erupting!

Of course, I had my favourite animals. Badger for one who is not only wise, but also not as highly strung as Owl
Feb 14, 2012 Wechselbalg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall it's a really great story. Good morals.
There are just two things I didn't like.
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Claire-Michelle Mann
Jan 27, 2016 Claire-Michelle Mann rated it it was amazing
always loved this story, i even loved the cartoon and had the mags and the sticker books.
all about animals, leaving their wood to search for a new home, the toad tells them of a park with white deer.
so all sorts of animals band together and face dangers from humans and other animals and eachother.
a bit like watership down in some little bits, also quite a few deaths.
but apart from the bad bits its a good story even if it is a childrens book.
Aug 08, 2011 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
After having seen the TV-series about 10-15 years ago as a kid, I finally got the chance of reading the books.
When I started reading, I didn't remember much of the series, except that I totally loved it and there were foxes in it. So, my expectations of the book were very high.

It's a good thing the book lived up to that expectations :-)

Aimed at teenagers, it's easy to read, but the plot certainly makes up for that. Each chapter I read, more and more images of that famous TV show came back to mem
Janith Pathirage
Jul 11, 2014 Janith Pathirage rated it it was amazing
Every kid should read this book. Can't think of a better birthday gift for a 10 year old kid. I still remember reading this cute little masterpiece (That was many many moons ago). I prayed for these animals to have a safe journey. It's a joy read from start to end. And this book will always be remembered as a great children's classic
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Colin Dann (born 1943 in Richmond, Surrey (now part of London)) 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
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“You wrong me. You wrong me, Mole. I loathe and despise this human trait of hounding smaller creatures to death, with large numbers opposed against one solitary animal. But, don't you see, it's the law of the wild. This poor fox is sacrificed today to the humans' cruelty.” 2 likes
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