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Sharon (SharonStar) | 48 comments Mod
Which books about animals are well written with a good story? Modern ones might include "Merle's Door" and classic ones might include "Old Yeller", "Black Beauty" or "Bambi".


Karen | 42 comments Tarka, the Otter, by Henry Williamson; The Peregrine, by J.A. Baker; The Red Snow, by James Greiner.


Sergio (ailuraismo) | 18 comments Mod
Watership Down by Richard Adams, Felidae By Akif Pirinçci


Sharon (SharonStar) | 48 comments Mod
Thanks Karen and Sergio.


Hermione (hermione315) | 68 comments Mod
And great suggestion with "Watership Down" -- definitely one of the best :)


Sharon (SharonStar) | 48 comments Mod
Lot of good ones, Hermione. I would add for consideration, "The Art of Racing in the Rain", "Making Rounds With Oscar", and "Amazing Gracie". When we get a longer list, we'll vote. Remember we're looking for exceptional books -- well written with a great story line.


Elaine Musgrave | 1 comments The Art of Racing in the Rain (wonderful book), Last Dog on the Hill, Oogy, Only One Woof... all great dog books!
If you are looking for more of a Watership Down type book, I really liked The Dunn Cow (by Walt Wangarin, a Christian author), and The Warrior series (Lots of books) is like Watership Down but with cats instead of rabbits.


Dani | 16 comments The Black Stallion
Shiloh
White Fang
The Story of Doctor Dolittle

I haven't read any animal books in years so these are quite dated and for younger readers. I don't think any of these are mentioned yet.


Hermione (hermione315) | 68 comments Mod
ooooh, of COURSE Dr. Dolittle!!! Such a classic :)


Sharon (SharonStar) | 48 comments Mod
We can divide the animals section into subcategories such as dogs, cats, horses, birds and more. Suggestions? Do we need a farm animal category? For wild animals, what divisions work best?


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Elizabeth (elizabeth8921) | 6 comments The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings I have read The Yearling at least 4 times over the years.


Elizabeth (elizabeth8921) | 6 comments Sharon what a tough question! What about classics, your idea of subcategories, inspirational, and newer animals books ( Marley and so forth).


Sharon (SharonStar) | 48 comments Mod
Good thoughts, Elizabeth. The more ideas we get will help us figure out the best way to categorize. We can add categories as needed along the way, too. I haven't read The Yearling since I was a kid but I still remember how I enjoyed it.


Heather Doherty | 47 comments Mod
I'm a big fan of Jon Katz. He was a journalist for many years and now he writes memoirs about his experiences with dogs (and other animals). I particularly enjoyed The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me. I was blown away by Dog Boy and recommend The Story of Edgar Sawtelle as well.


Elizabeth (elizabeth8921) | 6 comments The Story of Edgar Sawtelle was superb.


Heather Doherty | 47 comments Mod
Sharon wrote: "Lot of good ones, Hermione. I would add for consideration, "The Art of Racing in the Rain", "Making Rounds With Oscar", and "Amazing Gracie". When we get a longer list, we'll vote. Remember we'r..."

Thanks a lot Sharon. I had a sample of The Art of Racing in the Rain on my kindle and after seeing your nomination I read it and bought the book. I read it in a single day and now I have a pile of soggy Kleenex I would like to give you. Seriously though, it was excellent and I appreciate the recommendation.


Sharon (SharonStar) | 48 comments Mod
Laughing here. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


John I'll throw in Homer's Odyssey


Sharon (SharonStar) | 48 comments Mod
John, I have that book sitting right here, in line to read soon. I'm glad you liked it enough to nominate it.


Bobby (bobbej) | 47 comments Absolutely "Art of Racing in the Rain". I read "Old Yeller" to my kids!! Won't make that mistake again. (still a great story). And "All Things Bright and Beautiful" series by James Herriot.


Tami Hillman | 12 comments I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein! I just read it last month.


Sharon (SharonStar) | 48 comments Mod
Tami, have you read Merle's Door as well? You'd enjoy it if you liked Racing in the Rain.


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