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April 27, 2012
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One of the best things about summer is the vacation that allows ample time for leisurely reading.  Nothing beats settling into your beach chair or hammock with an excellent book in your hand. 

Here are the Top 10 Best Books about Animals according to GoodReads.com

1.      Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

-An affectionate pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, White reminds readers to open their eyes to the wonder and miracle found in the simplest of things.

2.      Watership Down by Richard Adams

-One of the most beloved novels of our time, Richard Adams's "Watership Down" takes us to a world we have never truly seen: to the remarkable life that teems in the fields, forests and riverbanks far beyond our cities and towns. It is a powerful saga of courage, leadership and survival; an epic tale of a hardy band of adventurers forced to flee the destruction of their fragile community...and their trials and triumphs in the face of extraordinary adversity as they pursue a glorious dream called "home."

3.      Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

-A loving trio, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country.  Old Dan had the brawn, Little Ann had the brains, and Billy had the will to train them to be the finest hunting team in the valley.  Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too.  An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget!

4.      Animal Farm by George Orwell

-Animal Farm is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama.

5.      Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan

-The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.

6.      All Creatures Great and Small; And, All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Heriott

-Whether struggling mightily to position a calf for birthing, or comforting a lonely old man whose beloved dog and only companion has died, Herriot's heartwarming and often hilarious stories perfectly depict the wonderful relationship between man and animal. His wonderful stories make us laugh and cry, as we marvel at the everyday miracles he creates.

7.      Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

-Although Anna Sewell's classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.  Black Beauty tells the story of the horse's own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse.

8.      The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

-The quintessential cautionary tale, Peter Rabbit warns naughty children about the grave consequences of misbehaving. When Mrs. Rabbit beseeches her four furry children not to go into Mr. McGregor's garden, the impish Peter naturally takes this as an open invitation to create mischief. He quickly gets in over his head, when he is spotted by farmer McGregor himself. Any child with a spark of sass will find Peter's adventures remarkably familiar.

9.      The Call of the Wild by Jack London

-An unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, is forcibly taken to Alaska where he eventually becomes leader of a wolf pack.

10.  The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

-Complete with the endearing, original color illustrations of William Nicholson, "The Velveteen Rabbit" tells a triumphant and timeless story about the redemptive power of love.

What are your favorite pet-related books? 

We would love to hear what’s next on your reading list.  Please leave us a comment below.

 

 

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