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James Herriot's Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small

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James Herriot's Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children collects all of the beloved veterinarian's delightful tales for young readers—all of them perennial favorites.
This complete edition is a wonderful addition to the libraries of all readers, great and small. From the moving holiday miracle of The Christmas Day Kitten to the adorable, rascally antics of Smudge, th
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 1st 1992)
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Jun 08, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: 2nd-grade
We are homeschoolers that use many ideas from the Charlotte Mason style of teaching. This book was my daughter's assigned reading for literature during 2nd grade. She is a bit behind in her reading skills, so this would probably be more 1st grade reading level for most Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. She would read for 15 minutes each day and then narrate orally to me what she had read about. It took her about three weeks to complete this book.

I liked this book because it was the first I've found
Shanna Gonzalez
Sep 22, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
This is an outstanding collection of eight of James Herriot's true stories about his life as a veterinarian in 1940's Yorkshire, adapted for children and beautifully illustrated. Adults who enjoy Herriot's memoirs (begun in All Creatures Great and Small) will love introducing their children to his life through this wonderful collection. The book stands well on its own, however, with a slightly higher reading level than most books of this genre. The stories really capture country life during this ...more
The best. This is what children's classics are all about! And I am fully aware that the are extracts from his adult series. The illustration with the story telling is top notch. True art. The narration with Jim Dale is unbeatable. Pure magic.
Apr 16, 2013 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I read this aloud to my kids (5 and 3) over the course of several days, and we all enjoyed it. The book contains true stories told by a veterinarian from about eighty (?) years ago or so. I was actually surprised that my kids liked it because the stories are very simple with not a lot of action. For example, one story is just about a dog who never barks; then once he sees his companion from his puppy days, he lets out a bark of joy; and then he doesn't bark ever again.

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Lucy Pollard-Gott
Delightful for reading aloud, these stories have some substance and so much warmth. I loved them too! And the illustrations are so beautiful, transporting one to another place (Yorkshire) and another time (Herriot's time, where life's ills that impinge on animals are met with compassion and goodness)--a good time and place to visit, at any time of our lives.
Jan 12, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a charming way to introduce kids to the wonderful stories of James Herriot. These are some selected tales suitable for children, beautifully presented with full color illustrations. I liked that they weren't just stories about household pets, but also about farm animals. I do wish that there had been a Tricky Woo story, though, since those are my kids' favorites from the adult books.
Amy Kannel
Aug 28, 2015 Amy Kannel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, readaloud
I've been hearing good things about this for a long time; I finally got my hands on a copy a few months ago and just finished reading it with my 4yo. We both loved it. A collection of about eight charming stories about ordinary animals (sheep, dogs, cats, horses) written by a country vet. Sweet stories and lovely illustrations.
H. P. Reed
This audio book is the perfect way to hold children's attention during car rides. The charming stories, drawn from Herriot's own veterinary practice, create a still and interested audience in the back seat of the car. For ages 4 and up, and just as enjoyable for adults. Herriot isn't treacly, doesn't write 'down' for children and, unlike some animal stories author (yes, I mean you Jon Katz), doesn't use swear words in his work. Nothing like listening to a dog story with two young girls and heari ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Whatsamatahari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We first began reading this lovely book to our daughter when she was 3 years old. In retrospect it sounds so young, but I wanted her to learn about the natural world and to develop curiosity and compassion for all creatures, great and small. I wanted her to hear the richness of the author's voice narrating the richly described countryside or animals of the countryside. Our daughter is a huge animal lover, naturalist, and passionate learner about the natural world. Oh, she's also one brilliant re ...more
Debra Bates
Dec 31, 2014 Debra Bates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forget the children! these are heart-warming stories for animal lovers of all ages!
Angie Libert
Sep 23, 2014 Angie Libert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-alouds
Lydia Howe
Sep 26, 2015 Lydia Howe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why I Choose this Book

Our family got this book when I was a little itty bitty girl and who know how many childhood hours were spent pouring over this book and learning to love the art of storytelling through it's beautiful and enticing pages.
Last year I bought myself a copy so that if I ever have a family of my own I'll be able to share it with them, as well. It's that good.

What I Thought about this Book

I think this will forever be one of my favorite children's books. From the paintings to th
We loved these stories. I read all the Herriot books when I was 12 and I knew Logan would like his stories, especially the cat ones. I warn you that some of the stories are real tear-jerkers, all the more when they have touchingly happy endings. I did get a bit tired of having L lean round, peer into my face, and say "Mama, are you starting to cry?" over and over. "But mama," he'd say, "these are happy stories. You're not supposed to cry." Sigh.
Ramona McConkie
May 24, 2013 Ramona McConkie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this and read it to the kids. I grew up on a farm, so the stories of the animals were especially meaningful, but my kids cried at several spots, and they've never had a pet. Just good, sweet, simple stories written very well with beautiful illustrations.
Dec 18, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie by: Sonlight
What a wonderful collection of stories. It is educational and high quality literature. Something I want my children to appreciate and love.
Cathy Cramer
I read this book to my 2nd grader, little by little. Each chapter is a different story, and I recognized many of them from James Herriot's grown-up books about animals. The illustrations in the children's book are beautiful and interesting for little ones. My child's favorite story is the one called "Moses the Kitten," about the kitten who thinks he's a piglet. I like the friendly, extroverted nature of "Oscar, Cat-About-Town," and the story of "The Christmas Day Kitten," although my 2nd grader ...more
James Herriot will always be one of my favorite authors. His animal stories and memoirs of his time as a country vet are in turns humorous and pensive; I have both laughed and cried, sometimes while reading the same story. The animals Herriot describes feel so real you can almost touch them. The people he relates in his stories are just as strongly written. So of course I was thrilled when I won a giveaway copy of this beautiful hardcover collection of some of James Herriot's animal stories sele ...more
Blaine Welgraven
Some of my fondest memories from childhood revolve around this book. Herriot possessed that rarest of talents--he was a fantastic, wry storyteller, who could also write. Many magical hours were spent under his spell. If you're a father/mother searching for that perfect bedtime story for your young reader, these are the books, with their intimate blend of fiction and non-fictional accounts. Laughter and the occasional tear are sure to be part of your evening--an evening made warmer and more joyfu ...more
May 21, 2015 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes books and likes to read to kids.
Shelves: children-s, to-buy
Oh I did thoroughly enjoy this book! The artwork is beautiful, the stories are interesting for both mom and and child, and the best part? All animal tales! (; All of the illustrations match quite while the the writing. It is colorful and has enough variety. Each animal story is unique, not your typical pet book.

Mr. Herriot recounts some of the most odd and unusual veterinary visits he made and the animals that stood out to him. The stories were a good length, and my 18 month old son loved sitti
Jul 11, 2015 Marissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My youngest daughter wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up (such a cutie). For her last birthday, we got her this book for us to read to her.
The book is a series of stories from James Herriot's vet days in the farm/country life in England. The stories of kittens, dogs, sheep, and horses are all wonderful. Equally as great are the beautiful pictures that accompany each story. Being the Anglophile that I am, the pictures of the English countryside are just perfect.
good ole doc H... may he rest in Peace <3 Would LOVE to replace the edition I was given as a Shower gift for my 1st child... & he I continued to read them to his little sister **sigh** yet another fabulous tome lost to the selfish purges of my EX/ their dad!! Still room for it on the LOWER bookshelves where the lids used to be able to reach it "all by themselves" for storytime :) A perenniel family favorite, suitable for all ages and all seasons.
Kristina Wojtaszek
I read this collection of tales to my boys this year, and we loved every one. Sometimes the descriptions are a bit longish, and the boys got bored, but each animals' story would soon grip them and they would follow them with interest. Rich in history and emotion, the stories cover a broad range of pets and farm creatures, and were accompanied by beautiful artwork on every page. A lovely read!
Jun 28, 2012 E.L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up watching All Creatures Great and Small on PBS, and I started reading Herriot's books shortly after that. I love them all, and when I discovered this book shortly after our first daughter was born, I was thrilled. Herriot's trademark humor, warmth, and honesty shines through every one of the stories, and the language is simple enough for children to understand without being in any way dumbed down. I'm reading through this now to my four-year-old and three-year-old for bedtime stories (t ...more
Such a great book for bedtime reading to your children. Neatly broken up into chapter stories, James Herriot's beloved storytelling comes to life at a child's level. Every chapter is about a different kind of animal or pet that the veterinarian Herriot had an experience with and is heartwarming.
Feb 03, 2015 Cara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kids
My kindergartner loved this book and looked forward to reading a story each night. The stories were sweet. The great thing about these animal tales is they are real life. This is not about imaginary characters and it is not high drama, but it is farm life through the eyes of a veterinarian.
Feb 21, 2011 Tamra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes cute stories
James Herriot in picture book format? Yes, please! This is a collection of all of Herriot's children's books, and it's great.

The first book is a little too word heavy for a picture book, but he learns his lesson quickly and book 2 is better.

The last book is written from the perspective of a lost lamb, detailing the lamb's adventures. It was my least favorite because it deviated from what Herriot is genius at: a vet telling his stories with love, compassion, and humor. (And it was a little too
Debbie Messick
Feb 06, 2014 Debbie Messick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed reading a number of these tales before individually; I greatly enjoyed hearing them read aloud with some I wasn't familiar with, on audiobook. Highly recommended but keep the tissue box handy for a few of them!~
Jul 06, 2015 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The edition we have from the library is illustrated by Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett, published Oct 2014. Really beautiful! What kid wouldn't love a book about animals written by a vet. We need to own this one.
My six year-old and I read these stories together and loved them. They are well-written, whimsical, beautifully illustrated - everything a classic children's book should be.
Mar 06, 2014 Kiddo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Dear Hubby's favorite authors from childhood. However, he disliked the last of these stories because it anthropomorphizes a lamb. Also got the book on CD.
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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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