There’s tales of plucky pups and golden geese, brave rabbits and one very hardworking sheep-pig. These are unforgettable stories for animal lovers of all ages.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B White
This beloved book tells the story of a piglet named Wilbur, a runt whose life is spared by a caring young girl called Fern. But Wilbur is sent to live at Farmer Zuckerman’s farm, where he learns that he will soon be sent to market. Luckily for Wilbur, he befriends a kind spider named Charlotte, who weaves a web of powerful intervention in order to save the little pig’s life. Capturing the imagination of generations, Charlotte’s Web is a must-read classic.
Winston and the Marmalade Cat by Megan Rix
Harry helps out at his local animal shelter after school. One day, he rescues a little ginger kitten but he isn’t allowed to keep him at home as his father was injured in the war. As it turns out, the retired Prime Minister Winston Churchill likes marmalade cats and Harry is asked to make a very special delivery to his home. This is a charming post-war story ideal for fans of Michael Morpurgo or Dick King-Smith.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Kenneth Graham's renowned tale of camaraderie and adventure follows the characters Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad as they form friendships and get into all sorts of mischief along the banks of the Thames. Spring is in the air and Mole has found a wonderful new world. There's boating with Ratty, a feast with Badger and high jinx on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. The four become the firmest of friends, but after Toad's latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels?
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
In one of the most popular animal stories of all time, readers are taught the significance of animal welfare and compassion. Born into a loving home, the handsome horse Black Beauty lives a fine life. When circumstances change, however, Black Beauty is forced to live with cruel people and learns the hardship of gruelling labour. Told through Beauty’s eyes, this story’s message about the relationship between humans and animals continues to endure into the present day.
Paws and Whiskers
This is the ultimate anthology of cat and dog stories, perfect for any pet lover. Collected by children’s favourite Jaqueline Wilson and illustrated by Nick Sharrett, this adorable edition is packed full of charming animal stories from best-loved authors such as Malorie Blackman, Anne Fine, Lewis Carroll, Dodie Smith and Philip Pullman. This one-of-a-kind collection of animal adventures is guaranteed to be treasured by canine and feline fans alike!
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The Golden Goose by Dick King-Smith
Farmer Skint and his family are down on their luck on Woebegone Farm. That is, until their goose lays a golden egg. From the golden egg, hatches Joy the Golden Goose and soon, Farmer Skint’s family’s fortune begins to change. The Golden Goose is a sweet and magical farmyard yarn ideal for young animal aficionados.
Emmeline and the Plucky Pup by Megan Rix
From the author of Winston and the Marmalade Cat comes another historical animal adventure. This informative story is set at the turn of the century during the time of the Suffragette movement. Alfie rescues a tiny puppy called Pip and together the double-act plays an important role in the ‘Votes for Women’ campaign. However, it’s not all fun and frolics as Alfie and his canine pal begin to discover the true cost of their fight.
White Fang by Jack London
Set in the deep snowy wilds of the North Western territory of Canada, this epic story follows White Fang – half dog, half wolf – as he grows up. White Fang leaves behind an idyllic life in the natural landscape as he is separated from his mother and forced to live at a camp under a cruel owner. White Fang is an unforgettable story of redemption and trust, a beautiful story of the wild.
Watership Down by Richard Adams
A young rabbit called Fiver has a magical ability to see into the future and warns the rest of the warren that they will need to leave their homeland. What follows is a dangerous and exciting adventure to Watership Down, where more trouble awaits the brave group of bunnies. Watership Down is a magical classic that has long captured imaginations with its timeless exploration of themes such as freedom and authority.
The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop by Clare Balding
Charlie Bass is a horse-mad ten-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled. But there's just one problem – her horse won't gallop! In fact, he won't even leave his stable. Charlie is convinced he has what it takes to be a champion, but can she prove it? This funny animal story by Clare Balding has a great girl-power message at its heart.
The Sheep-pig by Dick King-Smith
After arriving at Farmer Hoggett’s farm, an orphaned piglet called Babe is taken under the wing of Fly, a kind and worldly sheep-dog. Although Babe can never be a sheep-dog, he learns the tricks of the trade from Fly and proves his worth against all odds. The Sheep-pig is a classic tale of triumph over adversity from Dick King-Smith, one of the most celebrated authors of animal adventures.