Originally published in 1972 and adored by readers for over 25 years, these tales of English country veterinarian James Herriot continue to delight children and adults. 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 of his first years as a country vet perfectly depict the wonderful relationship between man and animal—and they intimately portray a man whose humor, compassion, and love of life are truly inspiring.
This book is part of Hewitt’s Grade-7 Lightning Literature program. From our Guide by Elizabeth Kamath:
Herriot’s series of books (of which All Creatures Great and Small is the first) on his life as a vet are almost entirely factual. The most significant changes are names, which have all been altered . . . Notice how Herriot describes other people, especially people you only meet briefly in this book. How does he make us picture these people so clearly in our minds? What aspects of them does he describe?