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In the Grip of Winter (Farthing Wood #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  212 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The second book in the "Farthing Wood" series. In the depths of winter, with snow thick on the ground, Badger lies alone and injured. No one knows where he is, and the icy cold is tightening its grip every second. Colin Dann won the Arts Council National Award for Children's Literature.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 27th 1994 by Red Fox (first published January 1st 1981)
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John Kirk
This is a good sequel, which puts familiar characters in a new situation rather than repeating the first story with another journey. It also starts to get more explicit about the fact that the carnivores eat smaller animals; The Animals of Farthing Wood mostly skirted around that by showing them eating insects or just going off elsewhere to hunt. Similarly, this story goes into a bit more detail about animals' mating processes. It's not too graphic, but if you read this story to young children t ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Sophie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Before I start this review I just want to say that The Animals of Farthing Wood was one of the BEST BOOKS EVER in my opinion so naturally I had quite high expectations for this one.


The animals have reached White Deer Park but just as they think their new life is settled one of the hardest winters in decades hits the park. Toad, Adder and the hedgehogs are snuggled up in hibernating but what about the mice, rabbits, hares, badger, fox, vixen, mole and the birds?

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Sarah Adamson
The sequel to Animals of Farthing Wood. The animals face fierce challenges if they wish to survive the winter.
We just don't GET those epic winters in Australia, so they were always interesting to read about in that sort of fantasy, "this isn't real" kind of way. Laura Ingalls' The Long Winter is another I was very fond of.
Enjoyed this continuation of the Farthing Wood stories. This one felt a little long winded in places but it was still a good read.
Anna Tan
Ah, nostalgia. :)

It's a pretty good book if you like stories about animals and friendship.
this is a brilliant book and I read it every winter. a good read
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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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Other Books in the Series

Farthing Wood (7 books)
  • The Animals of Farthing Wood (Farthing Wood, #1)
  • Fox's Feud (Farthing Wood, #3)
  • The Fox Cub Bold (Farthing Wood, #4)
  • The Siege of White Deer Park (Farthing Wood, #5)
  • In the Path of the Storm (Farthing Wood, #6)
  • Battle for the Park (Farthing Wood, #7)
The Animals of Farthing Wood (Farthing Wood, #1) The Fox Cub Bold (Farthing Wood, #4) Fox's Feud (Farthing Wood, #3) The Siege of White Deer Park (Farthing Wood, #5) In the Path of the Storm (Farthing Wood, #6)

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