Book Review: James Herriot’s Treasury for Children (Four Stars)


Book Review: James Herriot’s Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small

(Four Stars)

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. Beautiful and evocative of the Yorkshire Dales.  Almost as good as being there. (I’ve been there; they’re worth the trip.) 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.