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The Ram of Sweetriver (Animals of Farthing Wood) Paperback – 4 Jun 1987
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An adventure tale of a courageous flock of sheep, from the author of 'The Animals of Farthing Wood'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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'Jacob could see the sheep scattering. The flock was being fragmented into a dozen little groups. This was exactly what the fox had hoped for . . .'
The Sweetriver flock has survived the terrible storm which destroyed their valley. But can they survive the long, hungry journey to find new pastures? Jacob, the ram of Sweetriver, must use every ounce of his courage to fend off danger and keep the flock together.
But his enemies are not only from outside the flock . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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After the flock's pasture is flooded they are forced to move to higher ground and the story follows their trials and tribulations along the way as they battle with predators and the realities of a harsh winter spent on the moors. Will the flock survive and how will they cope with their new found freedom and the perils they now face?
Dann has created, once again, some wonderful characters in this story. Proud Jacob, the leader of the flock and his kind, faithful companion Myriam. Reuben, his ambitious son, Barley the jealous troublemaking ewe and Francis, the wily farmyard cat are just some of the characters we get to know as the story progresses as they all struggle for their survival.
I was totally captivated by Dann's novels as a child and still to this day there remains a deep fondness for all his books. The way Dann gave his characters human characteristics we all recognise so well made the animals seem almost real to me and this book is no exception. Squabbling, jealousy and pride all form a part of this wonderful tale.
Although Dann's books are aimed at children his writing is superb and they are not at all written in a childish manner. His use of language at times veers more towards the adult side and it was a terrific way of extending my vocabulary as a child.
I would highly recommend this book to any reader, particulary those who are a fan of the Farthing Wood series. It is still a guilty pleasure of mine