A group of forest animals unite to help each other to safety in this classic tale of tolerance, cooperation, survival, and friendship. When bulldozers enter Farthing Wood, the animals must escape before their homes are destroyed. They promise to stick together and protect each other-but then they get caught in a fire and nearly drown crossing a river. Will their pact hold? Both heart-wrenching and heartwarming, this beloved story has been translated into 16 languages.
Swiftly moving human destruction has dug up the grassland, cut down three-quarters of the woods and ruined the last water-hole. All that’s left is a muddy trickle and a bit of woods that will soon be gone. Now the animals of Farthing Wood must make a life-changing decision. Can they put aside their differences and join together to make their way to the nature reserve where they can live in peace? Led by kindly Badger, clever Fox and oh-so-slow Toad, the motley crew of displaced forest creatures ventures from their beloved Farthing Wood to journey to the paradise of White Deer Park, facing many dangers along the way. Can Fox outrun and outsmart the hunters and the hounds? Can Badger lead them safely across fields poisoned with pesticides and herbicides? Will a busy motorway be the insurmountable obstacle in their path? At times, this book is scary, including a gruesome but realistic description of how butcher birds kill their prey; at times, it is funny, such as when the animals hide behind a church’s pipe organ only to disrupt a wedding party when the first notes of the wedding march sound. In the end, readers will be cheering as the exhausted band triumphantly marches through the gates of the nature reserve. A must-read for any and all animal lovers! The publisher of this book is committed to ethical publishing, meaning that the workers who make the books are treated with fairness and respect and all of the paper used comes from environmentally and socially responsible forest sources.