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James Herriot’s Treasury for children: warm and joyful tales by the author of Al

James Herriot’s Treasury for children: warm and joyful tales by the author of Al

James Herriot
Illustrator:  Ruth Brown , Peter Barrett 
For ages 5 to 8
St. Martin's Press, 1992   ISBN: 0312085125

James Herriot has delighted several generations of readers with his funny and often poignant stories about the adventures and misadventures that he had when he was a vet in the Yorkshire Dales. Now young readers can also enjoy some of his stories.

The collection begins with a story about a little kitten called Moses whom James Herriot found lying near a pond one cold winters day. James took the kitten to a farm, and there the little kitten was taken in by the farmer’s wife. The farmer’s wife, who had plenty of experience in taking care of baby animals, put the kitten in her oven to warm up and dry out. The kitten, Moses, soon found out that there are many wonderful places to visit on a farm.

In another story, James describes how he met an old farmer who has two elderly horses living on his farm. James is astonished to discover that the farmer has kept the horses for many years, even though they cannot work anymore. Most farmers in his position would have sold the horses long ago. Not this farmer though. He is fond of his old horses, and he feels that they deserve a comfortable retirement as thanks for all the work they did for him.

These heartwarming and often amusing stories give readers a delightful picture of what James Herriot’s life was like. He met colorful people, and singular animals, and his experiences clearly enriched his life.

Full of lovely illustrations, and retold just for young children, these stories will delight readers who have a fondness for animals.