" Ryan received this for Christmas and I think it may be his favorite gift. We have read all of the stories several times already and he is completely enamored of the book. There are 8 long-ish (for a 4 y.o.) stories in the treasury. As the subtitle promises, the stories are warm and joyful, with wonderful illustrations and gentle, descriptive language. A great collection for an animal-loving kid. " Stephanie said.
"Animal stories/nonfiction (on audio). I didn't particularly care for the narrator's voice right off the bat, but stuck it out through a few stories and he does a fair job, particularly with the voices of the old farmers. The stories were just meh for me--pretty much your standard Herriot fare (so if you like his stuff, you'll do fine). Keep in mind, though, if your kids are going to be listening to this, you may need to explain some things about the birthing/nursing processes (since those occur frequently enough in country vet stories)." Tracey said.
"For once, I'm going to review an anthology rather than adding each individual book to my shelves, because this is the edition I own and it's more efficient to have all his best picture books bound into one super-volume of beauty. James Herriot's vet stories are some of the best in all the land, and they do not suffer at all for being adapted for children when it comes with the gift of beautifully painted illustrations. There's hardly anything better than an enchanting collection of tales about pets (both typical domestic variety, and livestock who win your heart).
Individual story reviews hopefully to come in the future." Stephanie A. said.
"We just finished this today. The kids and I really enjoyed it. The stories are well-written and entertaining. And of course, they were all about animals which they loved.
Some of the stories were a little sad, all had a happy ending though. We laughed really loud with some and got teary-eyed with others.
I liked the paintings in the first part of the book better than the second part, but even then the later paintings were good, just more of the "fuzzy" style.
Each story can be read in one sitting, but they are a bit on the long side so we often broke it into two days.
Overall very enjoyable and one we'll read again." Heather said.
"James Herriot in picture book format? Yes, please! This is a collection of all of Herriot's children's books, and it's great.
The first book is a little too word heavy for a picture book, but he learns his lesson quickly and book 2 is better.
The last book is written from the perspective of a lost lamb, detailing the lamb's adventures. It was my least favorite because it deviated from what Herriot is genius at: a vet telling his stories with love, compassion, and humor. (And it was a little too moral-heavy, too. In the end the lamb found out there was no place like home. Seriously.)
All-in-all, this book is a winner and I would love to own this book and read it over and over again, with or without my children." Tamra said.
"I grew up watching All Creatures Great and Small on PBS, and I started reading Herriot's books shortly after that. I love them all, and when I discovered this book shortly after our first daughter was born, I was thrilled. Herriot's trademark humor, warmth, and honesty shines through every one of the stories, and the language is simple enough for children to understand without being in any way dumbed down. I'm reading through this now to my four-year-old and three-year-old for bedtime stories (they just finished the Pooh stories with Daddy), and they are both enthralled. The beautiful illustrations (Ruth Brown especially is one of my favorite children's illustrators) just enhance the stories. A favorite in this house - at least until the girls are old enough to meet Tristan and Siegfried and Helen!" E.L. said.
"Oh I did thoroughly enjoy this book! The artwork is beautiful, the stories are interesting for both mom and and child, and the best part? All animal tales! (; All of the illustrations match quite while the the writing. It is colorful and has enough variety. Each animal story is unique, not your typical pet book.
Mr. Herriot recounts some of the most odd and unusual veterinary visits he made and the animals that stood out to him. The stories were a good length, and my 18 month old son loved sitting to look at the pictures and snuggle with mommy as she read. You can only read so many board books (no matter how clever and good they are) before you want a real story! This was a nice afternoon read to break up the day. I need to add this one to our bookshelves.
While he does not expressly talk about Christian virtues, he does talk about taking care of the animals (in a non environmentalist-y kind of way) encharged to us. Great for showing how animals are both for our enjoyment but also for a purpose, even the farm animals. God creatures sure are great!" Leah said.
"James Herriot will always be one of my favorite authors. His animal stories and memoirs of his time as a country vet are in turns humorous and pensive; I have both laughed and cried, sometimes while reading the same story. The animals Herriot describes feel so real you can almost touch them. The people he relates in his stories are just as strongly written. So of course I was thrilled when I won a giveaway copy of this beautiful hardcover collection of some of James Herriot's animal stories selected for children. And boy, I was not disappointed. This volume is beautifully illustrated and the stories selected are perfect for the collection. Out of all the books I have saved for my future children, this book has to be in the top two, right up there with Beatrix Potter (which is impressive, as I adore her). In fact, I can't wait until I have children to share this beautiful book and so I will be purchasing it for a Christmas present for friends of the family who have small children. And I am so impressed with it I will be making a post to show it off on Tumblr as soon as I get a free moment to take the pictures. That's how impressed I am with it.
If you love James Herriot, if you love animals, if you want your children to experience a sense of wonder - purchase this book. You won't regret having it in your children's collection (whether you have kids or not!)" Kris said.