All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

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Title: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Notable: Book #1 in the All Creatures Great and Small series


We start off following James as he enters veterinary practice after just having graduated from school.  He lands a job with Siegfried Farnon, an interesting employer.  The book is full of a series of interesting episodes that happened in Mr. Herriot’s life.  Some focus on his patients, some on the people he interacted with, and some on his colleagues.

My thoughts:

I went back recently to read a book from one of my favorite series–the memoirs of James Herriot, an English veterinarian from the 1930’s.  These are some of my favorite books!

One thing all the stories have in common is that they are entertaining.  It’s not just that the stories are entertaining, they are also touching.  You get caught up with the characters and care about their struggles and triumphs, embarrassments and pride, humor and ill-humor.

Mr. Herriot had a refreshing knack for bringing the stories in his past to life for others to enjoy, too.  His writing is wonderful and I thoroughly enjoy it.  I suspect you will, too.  Just be warned that his books are best for adults or older teens.  They have a fair bit of mature subject matter in them.

Possible Objections:

  • Some bad language
  • Plenty of talk about animal anatomy
  • Other adult themes

 Rating: 5 Stars

Until next time…




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