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The Animals of Farthing Wood

Cover of 2006 paperback edition
Author Colin Dann
Illustrator Jacqueline Tettmar
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Animals of Farthing Wood
Genre(s) Children's, Fantasy novel
Publisher Hutchinson
Publication date 12 November 1979
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 302 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0434934305 (first edition, hardback)
Preceded by None
Followed by In the Grip of Winter

The Animals of Farthing Wood is the first book of the Animals of Farthing Wood book series. It was first published in 1979. An abridged version of 70 pages, by the same author, was published in 1993 to accompany the TV series. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (753x1168, 851 KB) This is a cover of the book The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann. ... Colin Dann (born 1943 in Richmond, London) is a British author. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Childrens books redirects here. ... Look up Fantasy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary For other definitions of fantasy, see fantasy (psychology). ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Hutchinson may refer to: // Hutchinson Family Singers, 19th-century American singing group Alain Hutchinson, Belgian politician Anne Hutchinson (1591-1642), Puritan preacher in New England Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson (1880-1971), British novelist Asa Hutchinson, former U.S. Attorney Atiba Hutchinson, Canadian soccer player Billy Hutchinson, Progressive Unionist Party Chad... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Hardcover books A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth, heavy paper, or sometimes leather). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... ISBN redirects here. ... In the Grip of Winter is the second book of The Animals of Farthing Wood series. ... This article is about the Animals of Farthing Wood television series. ...


Plot introduction

The novel begins in the fictional Farthing Wood, which is being destroyed to make way for the building of human homes. The book follows the adventures of a group of animals who choose to leave their home in Farthing Wood and journey to White Deer Park, a fictional nature reserve. They are led by Fox and take an oath not to harm each other during the journey.

Plot summary

The humans have dug up the heath that surrounds Farthing Wood, and have reduced the size of the wood itself to little more than a copse. When the pond is filled in leaving only a small trickle in the stream due to an ongoing drought, Badger and Fox take it upon themselves to call an Assembly of the wood's inhabitants in order to try to come up with a solution to their problem. They realise that there is little that they can do to stop the humans and are about to break up the meeting when Toad arrives. He explains that he had been captured in a jam jar and taken far away. He eventually managed to escape and followed his homing instinct to get back to Farthing Wood, passing through a nature reserve called White Deer Park in the process. The animals decide to leave Farthing Wood and travel to the reserve in the hope that they will be safe from humans there. Farthing Wood is a fictional location in Colin Danns book series The Animals of Farthing Wood. ... A copse is an English term for a small lowland woodland. ... Fields outside Benambra, Victoria, Australia suffering from drought conditions A drought is an extended period of months or years when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply. ... For other uses, see Instinct (disambiguation). ... White deer park is a fictional place from the animated television series The Animals of Farthing Wood based upon the books of the same name author Colin Dann. ...

Bound by the Oath of Mutual Protection, in which each animal resolves to put their natural differences and instincts aside in order to help each other, the animals set off on their journey with Fox as their leader and Toad as their guide. Problems soon arise due to each animal's different abilities, such as how fast they are or what they eat. After surviving a housing estate and a busy road, the animals take refuge in some marshland. It is here the lizards decide to stay due to finding the jounrney much too overwhelming. The animals are soon forced to flee when a forest fire, caused by a cigarette stub, occurs. The fate of the lizards is unknown.

Having survived the fire, the animals take shelter in an open barn, but are trapped inside by the farmer who thinks Fox is the fox who has been eating his chickens. However, while on watch the pheasants are shot. The animals manage to tunnel out and take shelter in a copse before arriving at a river. Whilst swimming across, the Rabbits panic and Fox goes back to help them. After saving the rabbits, Fox is too tired to swim, and is hit by some driftwood. Fearing that Fox is gone for good, Badger takes charge of the party and they continue with their journey.

Fox is very much alive though and whilst trying to find his friends, he meets Vixen. He also discovers that they are in fox hunting territory. Vixen helps Fox to try and find the other Farthing Wood animals, but the two foxes soon attract the attention of The Hunt. Luckily Adder is able to help save them by biting the lead huntsman's horse, and Fox and Vixen are reunited with the group.

After surviving a quarry, a motorway and a poisoned field, a town is the last obstacle on the animals' trek.

Characters in The Animals of Farthing Wood

Main article: List of Animals of Farthing Wood characters

The Oath of Mutual Protection

The Oath plays a key role in the journey and in the books to follow. During the first Assembly in Farthing Wood, an Oath of Common Safety exists to protect the smaller animals, particularly from Adder. This idea was, according to Fox, introduced by Badger's father. However, when the plan is made to journey to White Deer Park, the smaller animals, fearful that they will be eaten by carnivores such as Fox or Adder, request that this oath be re-sworn. Badger then names the new oath "The Oath of Mutual Protection" and all the animals swear it. Although this was originally all that kept animals such as Adder from eating smaller animals like the Fieldmice, it is the Oath that brings the animals together, to be replaced by friendship and loyalty. As a result, they agree to continue to respect the Oath after arriving at White Deer Park.

Two books or one?

The book was originally published by John Goodchild Publishers in the first half of 1979 as two separate paperbacks, entitled Escape from Danger ISBN 0-903445-53-0 and The Way to White Deer Park ISBN 0-903445-55-7. They were only released in this separate form once, and have since been released as the single novel, The Animals of Farthing Wood. The only remaining clue to the once split nature of this first story is the way the book is split into chapters, but also into two parts, 'Escape from Danger', and 'Journey to White Deer Park'.

  Results from FactBites:
The Animals of Farthing Wood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1062 words)
The Animals of Farthing Wood is a series of children's books written by Colin Dann, which was turned into an afternoon animated series by the European Broadcasting Union between 1992 and 1995.
The book, The Animals of Farthing Wood (1979) was originally published by John Goodchild Publishers in the first half of 1979 as two separate paperbacks, entitled Escape from Danger ISBN 0903445530 and The Way to White Deer Park ISBN 0903445557.
The leader of the Animals of Farthing Wood Fox was voiced by Rupert Farley in the UK version but in the US version he was played by Ralph Macchio.
EBU.CH :: The animals of farthing wood (243 words)
In a bid to preserve and foster European animation, the EBU decided to mount a cofinanced series at the end of the eighties, entitled "The animals of Farthing Wood", comprising 39 episodes of 26 minutes and based on the books by the British author Colin Dann.
The assembly of animals swear to an ancient woodland oath - the Oath of Mutual Protection - which forbids them to frighten, bully or eat one another even through it may be a natural instinct, and once bonded, they embark upon their great journey to a new, uncharted, home and habitat...
The 39 episodes of "The Animals of Farthing Wood" was followed by the production of 39 episodes of "Noah's island" by the same production company, Telemagination and was the first of many EBU animation series to come.
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