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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection
This set includes a prequel to the Animal of Farthing Wood as well as the sequel. It would have made sense to include the Animals of Farthing Wood as well in this set but it doesn't seem to be the case. Nevertheless these stories are a delight to read for all Animal of Farthing Wood fans like myself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't acutally contain the "Animals of Farthing Wood" Journey
It's a bit off for a Farthing Wood collection not to have the original journey, " Animals of Farthing Wood" in it. Surely they could have added that onto this volume. You have the prequal, the ancestors of the cast of the original book (like the Hobbit to Lord of the Rings) and the sequal where the animals are in White Deer Park but not the journey...
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Published on 9 Oct 2009 by T. M. Fry


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection, 21 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Farthing Wood Collection 1: "The Adventure Begins", "In the Grip of Winter" v. 1 (Animals of Farthing Wood) (Paperback)
This set includes a prequel to the Animal of Farthing Wood as well as the sequel. It would have made sense to include the Animals of Farthing Wood as well in this set but it doesn't seem to be the case. Nevertheless these stories are a delight to read for all Animal of Farthing Wood fans like myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for the 1st book. 5 stars for the 2nd, 2 Nov 2010
This review is from: Farthing Wood Collection 1: "The Adventure Begins", "In the Grip of Winter" v. 1 (Animals of Farthing Wood) (Paperback)
This edition of the book (which I own) has 2 novels. Farthing wood: The Adventure begins and also the sequel to the original Animals Of Farthing Wood book, In The Grip Of Winter.
I won't go into the details of the second book which has already been reviewed on here but suffice to say it is a 5 star read and well worth buying and a worthy follow up to the original Fathing Wood classic.
The first book in this collection attempts to tell the tale of the original Farthing Wood inhabitants some of whom we are led to believe are the ancestors of those who take the journey to White Deer Park. The destruction of the wood has just begun, causing concern for some of the residents. Also a concern to some is the cocky attitude of the otters who inhabit the stream. Jealousy ensues between the otters and the predators of the wood, mainly the foxes and weasels who are infuriated by the otters teasing and stealing of their food and a plan is designed to teach the otters a lesson. Little do they know that this will have far reaching consequences, not only for the otters but for the future of the wood itself.
Although enjoyable in its own right this is not a patch on the original Farthing Wood tales. The character development is really non existant, even the charcacters themselves are know by names such as Sleek Otter, Slow Otter, Lean Fox, Stout Fox etc which is a bit of a cop out on actually giving them the characteristics we have come to expect from a Dann novel and this is a major flaw of the book I feel. There are no classic characters here to chuckle at, oh for a Tawny Owl or an Adder!
The story itself neatly ties up the tale of how the animals come to be where they are at the start of the original book and is rather a sad affair as we follow the otters plight and the consequences of the animals revenge but I'm afraid it pales in comparison to the later Dann novels where characters as well as plots are equally important.
It also seems rather strange with this edition to have the prequel to Farthing Wood followed by the sequel and totally missing out the major novel so you will certainly need to buy that also if you wish to read the books in order. Overall The Adventure begins is slightly disappointing but worth buying if only to complete the set
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't acutally contain the "Animals of Farthing Wood" Journey, 9 Oct 2009
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T. M. Fry "terri4353" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Farthing Wood Collection 1: "The Adventure Begins", "In the Grip of Winter" v. 1 (Animals of Farthing Wood) (Paperback)
It's a bit off for a Farthing Wood collection not to have the original journey, " Animals of Farthing Wood" in it. Surely they could have added that onto this volume. You have the prequal, the ancestors of the cast of the original book (like the Hobbit to Lord of the Rings) and the sequal where the animals are in White Deer Park but not the journey...
Just a heads up.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun and Exciting Reading, 12 Jan 2003
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This review is from: Farthing Wood Collection 1: "The Adventure Begins", "In the Grip of Winter" v. 1 (Animals of Farthing Wood) (Paperback)
My niece had this book for Christmas has been reading it me, she loves the stories. The first Story in this book of two is a prequel to the animals of farthings wood and the second is about the animals settling into their new environment in the park. These stories are fun and you want to know whats going to happen next and we are learning about conservation at the same time ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Nov 2014
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Daughter loved reading it and have purchased the next one.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Farthing Wood Collection 1, 2 Dec 2012
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Mr. William T. Bartley (United kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Cannot review this product. It was bought for a friend who died before reading it and this type of book is not my cup of tea.
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