The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

The Animals of Farthing Wood

Written by Colin Dann
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First published as a series of shorter books, The Animals of Farthing Wood has been enthralling readers for over 30 years and has never fallen out of print. The animals must unite in adversity for this is a story about tolerance, and cooperation. Both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, this classic story continues to appeal and capture children's imaginations. Tackling a range of topical issues and in particular the environment, this novel was awarded the National Award for Children's Literature.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A long entertaining animal yarn about a group of woodland creatures being driven by man's greed to seek new homes.
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The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

I think you’re forgettingsomething, Adder,’ said Badger. ‘Before we begin our journey we all swore an oath, including you.’ Farthing Wood is being bulldozed and a drought means the animals no longer have anywhere to live or drink. Fox, Badger, Toad, Tawny Owl, Mole and the other animals band together and leave their ancestral home and set off to move to a far-away nature reserve.

About the Author

Colin Dann

Colin Dann was born in Richmond, London, in 1943. After leaving the local grammar school he worked first for a large textile company before his real love – the world of books – brought him a job in publishing. He worked for William Collins, Sons & Co. for 13 years. During this time, in odd hours at home, Colin wrote his first book, The Animals of Farthing Wood, which was published finally in 1979 after years of trying. It was an immediate success, winning awards is now translated into sixteen languages. The book has never been out of print since its first publication 25 years ago. Six sequels and one prequel have followed and enjoyed similar success.

In 1992 a major animation series based on the Farthing Wood stories was broadcast by the BBC and it stole the hearts of children throughout Britain and Europe.

Colin has been a leading children’s author for more than twenty years. In addition to the Farthing Wood books he has written many other animal stories, and is currently working on a sequence of novels about a pride of African Lions.

Colin lives with his wife and their cat in a converted Oast house on the Kent/Sussex border. To relax, Colin goes for long walks in the country, reads and listens to music. His favourite book is The Count of Monte Cristo, Winnie the Pooh is his favourite character while Bill Bryson is his preferred author.

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400 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

25th February 2016




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