The Animals of Farthing Wood (Farthing Wood, Book 1)

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By Colin Dann, Jacqueline Tettmar

A gaggle of woodland animals unite to aid one another to protection during this vintage story of tolerance, cooperation, survival, and friendship. whilst bulldozers input Farthing wooden, the animals needs to break out sooner than their houses are destroyed. They promise to stay jointly and guard each one other—but then they get stuck in a fireplace and approximately drown crossing a river. Will their pact carry? either heart-wrenching and heartwarming, this cherished tale has been translated into sixteen languages.

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Yet, in fact, he must have waited for the correct time. i did not be aware of this may take place. ' Fox shook his head. 'You're too kind-hearted by means of part, Badger,' he stated. 'He'd eaten good enough already. ' 'I'm sorry,' stated Badger, 'But, Fox, you know the way Mole can sound so plaintive. ' 'Yes, yes,' Fox nodded wearily. 'I'm as keen on him as you. yet this can be simple greediness on his half. notwithstanding, do not let's waste any further time speaking. the place used to be he tunnelling, Tawny Owl ? ' Tawny Owl flew to the spot and pointed to it via extending his legs downwards over the outlet, whereas he flapped his huge wings furiously to take care of his place. 2 () `Weasel, will you are taking the others again ? ' Fox requested. `Badger and that i will persist with at the back of with Mole once he appears to be like back. it will educate him a lesson if all of us went off and left him to come back to camp on his personal, yet then we might most likely by no means see him back. ' Weasel obliged via top the occasion off towards the animals' first camp. `There does not seem to be something during this gap other than water,' acknowledged Fox, taking a look heavily on the floor. 'Are you convinced this is often definitely the right position, Owl ? ' `Positive. rather observed him pass down there. ' `Well, reliable heavens, he will drown! ' Fox stated with alarm. `Quick, Badger, we would larger dig one other gap subsequent to this and spot if we will be able to achieve him. ' the 2 animals furiously raked again the spongy soil, yet once they bought approximately six inches down extra water fast stuffed up the outlet. They attempted 3 extra holes, at any time when with a similar consequence. `It's no good,' Fox stated, now not bold to examine Badger's face. 'He has to be drowned already. ' `Oh no! definitely now not! ' Tawny Owl exclaimed, feeling very to blame. 'He's most likely branched off via a tunnel someplace. i am yes he will floor back in a second. ' At that second their consciousness was once taken up by way of what looked to be a purple glow during the bushes. 'Whatever's that ? ' Badger muttered, and searching down, begun digging back. `Should we name him, do you think that ? ' requested Tawny Owl, who had perched on a reed tussock. `No point,' stated Fox. 'He's likely to consider our vibrations at the floor than to listen to our voices. i am afraid i am not very hopeful. i am convinced that if he may possibly, he could have surfaced by means of now. ' `Perhaps he is nonetheless consuming ? ' Badger acknowledged hopelessly. 'His urge for food, you recognize . . • `SSSh,' hissed Fox. 'Listen! ' sixty three coming in the direction of us, relocating as quickly they can, they usually known as out to us to return the best way we might come. ' `Toad ! ' Fox exclaimed. 'He'll by no means be quickly adequate to escape. The grass is so dry the flames will simply roar alongside . timber, shrubs, every thing will move up. he will be overtaken very quickly. i have to return — ahead of it really is too past due. ' At that second Kestrel and the pheasants alighted at the flooring by way of Tawny Owl. 'The different animals are approximately here,' acknowledged Kestrel. 'The squirrels and hedgehogs are good sooner than the flames, and the mice are usually not some distance in the back of. ' `What approximately Toad ? ' Fox barked. `He's doing his top. Adder attempted to assist him, yet he advised him to move on and shop himself.

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