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James Herriot's Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-16 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 290 user ratings
ISBN:0312349726
LANGUAGE:English

"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.
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"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.
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"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!" 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!
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"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!)
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" I love all his books. This book of short stories was too short. " said.

" Read with the kids for school (K, 1st, 3rd grades). We all really enjoyed it. The illustrations are lovely, and help tell the story. " said.

" I loved these stories. Great for children who love animals. " said.

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