I first read this as a child, and fell in love with the Animals of Farthing Wood. I was reintroduced to it when in a bookshop with my son, who asked whether I could find any of my favourite books from when I was his age. As I glanced at the shelves, this was the book I saw, and so we sat and read the blurb together, and because I’m a pushover in a bookshop, bought it for him.
The book follows the adventures of the Animals of Farthing Wood as they search for a new home. Their current wood has been decimated by humans, and their pond has all but dried up because of the drought.
The animals come together to try and find a solution to their home being destroyed, and agree that Toad’s idea to journey to White Deer Park and start a new life, while perilous, offers them the best hope.
The Oath of Mutual Protection forms the basis of an agreement between all of the animals to work together and not harm each other on their way, mainly so the smaller animals aren’t in constant fear of being eaten by Adder (still my favourite character).
It’s an emotional journey showing that everyone has their own strengths, and by working together towards a mutual goal, trust, respect and even friendship can blossom and grow.
I loved this book as a child, and I still love it now. I have to thank my son for allowing me to put his copy on my bookshelf at school.
Great for fans of animal stories and adventures.