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James Herriot's Treasury for Children collects all of the beloved veterinarian's delightful tales for young readers. From the springtime frolic of Oscar, Cat-About-Town to the yuletide warmth of The Christmas Day Kitten, these stories-radiantly illustrated by Peter Barrett and Ruth Brown-are perennial favorites, and this new complete edition will make a wonderful gift for James Herriot's Treasury for Children collects all of the beloved veterinarian's delightful tales for young readers. From the springtime frolic of Oscar, Cat-About-Town to the yuletide warmth of The Christmas Day Kitten, these stories-radiantly illustrated by Peter Barrett and Ruth Brown-are perennial favorites, and this new complete edition will make a wonderful gift for all readers, great and small.


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James Herriot's Treasury for Children collects all of the beloved veterinarian's delightful tales for young readers. From the springtime frolic of Oscar, Cat-About-Town to the yuletide warmth of The Christmas Day Kitten, these stories-radiantly illustrated by Peter Barrett and Ruth Brown-are perennial favorites, and this new complete edition will make a wonderful gift for James Herriot's Treasury for Children collects all of the beloved veterinarian's delightful tales for young readers. From the springtime frolic of Oscar, Cat-About-Town to the yuletide warmth of The Christmas Day Kitten, these stories-radiantly illustrated by Peter Barrett and Ruth Brown-are perennial favorites, and this new complete edition will make a wonderful gift for all readers, great and small.

30 review for James Herriot's Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    I don't always read a Christmas story this time of year, but when I do, I like it to be gushingly heartwarming, perhaps naively innocent, and if you want to throw a moral in there for good measure, by all means! Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small has all that and more to spare! How can it not? I mean, just look at that title! Does this shout "Christmas" to you? Perhaps not, but at least one of the stories happens during Christmas and others I don't always read a Christmas story this time of year, but when I do, I like it to be gushingly heartwarming, perhaps naively innocent, and if you want to throw a moral in there for good measure, by all means! Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small has all that and more to spare! How can it not? I mean, just look at that title! Does this shout "Christmas" to you? Perhaps not, but at least one of the stories happens during Christmas and others have a winter-time setting. And besides, stories don't have to be about Christmas to feel like it. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'd like to digress... Is this real life? I often find myself asking that whenever I read a James Herriot book. James Alfred "Alf" Wight, aka James Herriot, wrote some lovely stories based upon his career as an animal vet in the Yorkshire Dales up there in northern England. Not all of his stories are true. Clearly in this collection of shorts at least one is a complete fabrication of his own design. However, it's also clear (to me anyhow) that most of what happens in these charming tales quite likely could have happened to a country vet and quite likely did happen to Herriot. Why is this important? Search me, but I guess it maybe has something to do with my need to attach significance to the subjects, the animals. In all of his books there is life and death, and it's important to me that these things contain all the weight and importance they deserve. Digression Over! In summary, if you're looking for an uplifting read this holiday season, you can't go wrong with this one, or honestly any of Herriot's books! Don't let the "...for Children" part of the title throw you. This book is for young and old...hell, it's even for us grumpy middle-aged farts!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    I was looking for a relaxing feel good book and came across this collection of animal stories for children by James Herriot. The book is good for all ages as the language is not written down for children. There is also a story of the “Christmas Day Kitten”. Most appropriate for my December reading/listening. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is one and a half hours. Was so great to listen to Jim Dale narrate the book. Dale is the “Voice of Harry Potter” as he narrated I was looking for a relaxing feel good book and came across this collection of animal stories for children by James Herriot. The book is good for all ages as the language is not written down for children. There is also a story of the “Christmas Day Kitten”. Most appropriate for my December reading/listening. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is one and a half hours. Was so great to listen to Jim Dale narrate the book. Dale is the “Voice of Harry Potter” as he narrated all of that series. Dale won two Grammy awards, seven Grammy nominations and ten Audie Awards. He is an English actor, singer and audiobook narrator. He also won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1980. Dale was recently inducted into the 2017 Audible Narrator Hall of Fame .

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    Eight delightful animal stories for all ages. There are cats and dogs, of course, but also a cow who finds its way home, an elderly horse, and an adventurous lamb who discovers that there's no place like home. I loved listening to the narration by Jim Dale, best known for his reading of the Harry Potter books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Negin

    This has been one of my favorite children's books ever. I read it to my children (now teenagers) countless times. The illustrations are gorgeous and the stories are an absolute delight.

  5. 5 out of 5

    JD

    We are homeschoolers that use many ideas from the Charlotte Mason style of teaching. This book was my daughter's assigned reading for literature during 2nd grade. She is a bit behind in her reading skills, so this would probably be more 1st grade reading level for most Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. She would read for 15 minutes each day and then narrate orally to me what she had read about. It took her about three weeks to complete this book. I liked this book because it was the first I've found We are homeschoolers that use many ideas from the Charlotte Mason style of teaching. This book was my daughter's assigned reading for literature during 2nd grade. She is a bit behind in her reading skills, so this would probably be more 1st grade reading level for most Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. She would read for 15 minutes each day and then narrate orally to me what she had read about. It took her about three weeks to complete this book. I liked this book because it was the first I've found that I could get my daughter to read each day without a battle. She is an animal lover and enjoyed all the cute animal stories in this collection. The writing is simple and easy for a beginning reader, without being boring. There are also lots of colorful illustrations to assist the child with envisioning what they are reading. There is also nothing of questionable morality in this book that would make a parent nervous about their child reading it (always an important point for me). Over all, a good book that I will probably use again for my younger children.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lmichelleb

    I'm on my third read through these stories as an adult, and they just become dearer to me every time! Sweet, tender stories of the animals of the farms in the Yorkshire dales and the vet who loved to learn of their personalities and eccentricities.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julia Blake

    Absolutely wonderful! Heartwarming, old fashioned stories with lovely illustrations. My boys loved them as much as I did.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Normally don't say I'm currently reading picture books or comic books on here because they either take a day to read them or I stopped counting them for my goal. Made an exception with this one though. Yes this was easy to read and you can easily finish this in a day or two, but for a picture book this isn't just for kids. Adults who like animals can enjoy these stories as well. Some of these stories aren't even about children, but adults with animals. I liked the message in most of these too th Normally don't say I'm currently reading picture books or comic books on here because they either take a day to read them or I stopped counting them for my goal. Made an exception with this one though. Yes this was easy to read and you can easily finish this in a day or two, but for a picture book this isn't just for kids. Adults who like animals can enjoy these stories as well. Some of these stories aren't even about children, but adults with animals. I liked the message in most of these too that some people don't treat farm animals as farm animals, but rather treat them as pets or part of the family.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Such a charming way to introduce kids to the wonderful stories of James Herriot. These are some selected tales suitable for children, beautifully presented with full color illustrations. I liked that they weren't just stories about household pets, but also about farm animals. I do wish that there had been a Tricky Woo story, though, since those are my kids' favorites from the adult books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    The best. This is what children's classics are all about! And I am fully aware that the are extracts from his adult series. The illustration with the story telling is top notch. True art. The narration with Jim Dale is unbeatable. Pure magic.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Delightful animal stories my daughter loved them all-especially the kitty stories. We will definitely be readying again!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Beautifully illustrated animal stories. Excellent introduction for children and adults to the Yorkshire veterinary tales of James Herriot (pen name of Alf Wright). These stories are extracted, like a single thread teased from a complex tapestry, for the greater corpus of Herriot’s work. The style and format are suitable for young readers. The illustrations of Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett are worth the price in themselves. (I’ve been there; they’re worth the trip.) Beautiful and evocative of the Y Beautifully illustrated animal stories. Excellent introduction for children and adults to the Yorkshire veterinary tales of James Herriot (pen name of Alf Wright). These stories are extracted, like a single thread teased from a complex tapestry, for the greater corpus of Herriot’s work. The style and format are suitable for young readers. The illustrations of Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett are worth the price in themselves. (I’ve been there; they’re worth the trip.) Beautiful and evocative of the Yorkshire Dales. Almost as good as being there. In their way, superior to the 1978-1990 BBC series. Good for young readers; good for art lovers; good for lovers of the Yorkshire Dales. Fun for all.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Barker

    This collection of stories is truly delightful. The illustrations are beautifully done and depict the English countryside, where most of the stories take place, wonderfully. This is a book that I will keep on my bookshelf for a very long time!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen (Living Unabridged)

    Gentle and engaging stories, perfect for reading aloud. This edition has lavish and intricate illustrations.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Denise Spicer

    Originally published between 1972 and 1991 these eight lovely stories by this fantastic author will bring tears to your eyes and chuckles to your lips. Herriot’s remarkable heartwarming stories are simply told and delightfully illustrated by Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett. The artists do a wonderful job of portraying old-fashioned English countryside and small town life. James Herriot is one of England’s national treasures and he should be read by all – young and old alike. This book would make a Originally published between 1972 and 1991 these eight lovely stories by this fantastic author will bring tears to your eyes and chuckles to your lips. Herriot’s remarkable heartwarming stories are simply told and delightfully illustrated by Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett. The artists do a wonderful job of portraying old-fashioned English countryside and small town life. James Herriot is one of England’s national treasures and he should be read by all – young and old alike. This book would make a great gift.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    A beautiful collection of James Herriot stories for children! My 3-yr.-old loves the stories, which are joyous and endearing. I also like that the high vocabulary and medical terminology aren't dumbed-down.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    Beautiful stories and wonderful illustrations! I can't wait to read his other books with my older kids. This book introduced my younger kids to James Herriot! A beautiful book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rae

    This book is beautifully illustrated and has such sweet stories

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    These sweet and charming stories will win the hearts of any animal lovers. Perfect for elementary students.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Book Scrounger)

    James Herriot is unparalleled when it comes to stories of domesticated animals -- whether dogs and cats in homes or various farm animals -- and his keen observations and clear love and respect for animals. While these stories are fictional, all of them feel to me as if they easily could be true, and no doubt he drew heavily on his veterinary experiences in describing these unique animals and their amusing and tender escapades. Herriot manages to capture the human-animal bond, even with farm anima James Herriot is unparalleled when it comes to stories of domesticated animals -- whether dogs and cats in homes or various farm animals -- and his keen observations and clear love and respect for animals. While these stories are fictional, all of them feel to me as if they easily could be true, and no doubt he drew heavily on his veterinary experiences in describing these unique animals and their amusing and tender escapades. Herriot manages to capture the human-animal bond, even with farm animals, evoking compassion, joy, and sometimes sadness, without sentimentalizing or emotionally manipulating the reader. I grew up reading "Oscar, Cat-about-Town" and "The Christmas Day Kitten," both of which are included here, and was also introduced to some new favorites, such as "Blossom Comes Home" and "Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb." The illustrations perfectly capture the animals, people, and the views of the beautiful British countryside. Because Herriot is British and uses some words that might be unfamiliar to American children (or perhaps it's a generational thing as well), and at times can be a bit wordy, some of these stories will probably lose the interest of preschoolers. But it's worth hanging on and trying them again later, because the best animal stories are really for all ages and have no need to be written off as "for little kids."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    I read this aloud to my kids (5 and 3) over the course of several days, and we all enjoyed it. The book contains true stories told by a veterinarian from about eighty (?) years ago or so. I was actually surprised that my kids liked it because the stories are very simple with not a lot of action. For example, one story is just about a dog who never barks; then once he sees his companion from his puppy days, he lets out a bark of joy; and then he doesn't bark ever again. What I really liked about I read this aloud to my kids (5 and 3) over the course of several days, and we all enjoyed it. The book contains true stories told by a veterinarian from about eighty (?) years ago or so. I was actually surprised that my kids liked it because the stories are very simple with not a lot of action. For example, one story is just about a dog who never barks; then once he sees his companion from his puppy days, he lets out a bark of joy; and then he doesn't bark ever again. What I really liked about this book is that even though the stories are for young children, the language (both the vocabulary and sentence structure) is more complex than you usually find in children's literature. Words like "unhurried" instead of "slowly," or "mottled," etc. I really appreciated that my children could have opportunities to ask what words mean and absorb the meaning from the story. The illustrations are well done also and gave my younger child something to look at while we read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shanna Gonzalez

    This is an outstanding collection of eight of James Herriot's true stories about his life as a veterinarian in 1940's Yorkshire, adapted for children and beautifully illustrated. Adults who enjoy Herriot's memoirs (begun in All Creatures Great and Small) will love introducing their children to his life through this wonderful collection. The book stands well on its own, however, with a slightly higher reading level than most books of this genre. The stories really capture country life during this This is an outstanding collection of eight of James Herriot's true stories about his life as a veterinarian in 1940's Yorkshire, adapted for children and beautifully illustrated. Adults who enjoy Herriot's memoirs (begun in All Creatures Great and Small) will love introducing their children to his life through this wonderful collection. The book stands well on its own, however, with a slightly higher reading level than most books of this genre. The stories really capture country life during this time period; they are often funny, and always interesting. When so many great stories about animals include the talking kind, this is a unique and important addition to a child's library.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Whatsamatahari

    We first began reading this lovely book to our daughter when she was 3 years old. In retrospect it sounds so young, but I wanted her to learn about the natural world and to develop curiosity and compassion for all creatures, great and small. I wanted her to hear the richness of the author's voice narrating the richly described countryside or animals of the countryside. Our daughter is a huge animal lover, naturalist, and passionate learner about the natural world. Oh, she's also one brilliant re We first began reading this lovely book to our daughter when she was 3 years old. In retrospect it sounds so young, but I wanted her to learn about the natural world and to develop curiosity and compassion for all creatures, great and small. I wanted her to hear the richness of the author's voice narrating the richly described countryside or animals of the countryside. Our daughter is a huge animal lover, naturalist, and passionate learner about the natural world. Oh, she's also one brilliant reader and oral storyteller; I do think James Herriot's writing has had a huge influence on her.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Friend of Pixie (F.O.P.)

    We loved these stories. I read all the Herriot books when I was 12 and I knew Logan would like his stories, especially the cat ones. I warn you that some of the stories are real tear-jerkers, all the more when they have touchingly happy endings. I did get a bit tired of having L lean round, peer into my face, and say "Mama, are you starting to cry?" over and over. "But mama," he'd say, "these are happy stories. You're not supposed to cry." Sigh.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Pollard-Gott

    Delightful for reading aloud, these stories have some substance and so much warmth. I loved them too! And the illustrations are so beautiful, transporting one to another place (Yorkshire) and another time (Herriot's time, where life's ills that impinge on animals are met with compassion and goodness)--a good time and place to visit, at any time of our lives.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy Kannel

    I've been hearing good things about this for a long time; I finally got my hands on a copy a few months ago and just finished reading it with my 4yo. We both loved it. A collection of about eight charming stories about ordinary animals (sheep, dogs, cats, horses) written by a country vet. Sweet stories and lovely illustrations.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ramona McConkie

    Love this and read it to the kids. I grew up on a farm, so the stories of the animals were especially meaningful, but my kids cried at several spots, and they've never had a pet. Just good, sweet, simple stories written very well with beautiful illustrations.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    What a wonderful collection of stories. It is educational and high quality literature. Something I want my children to appreciate and love.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debra Bates

    Forget the children! these are heart-warming stories for animal lovers of all ages!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This is the sort of book you curl up with on a chilly rainy day with a mug of warm tea and a dog by your side or a cat on your lap. A must read for everyone.

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