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Book Title: In the Grip of Winter|
The author of the book: Colin Dann
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 844 KB
ISBN 13: 9780099292203
Edition: Red Fox
Date of issue: September 20th 1982
Read full description of the books:This is a good sequel, which puts familiar characters in a new situation rather than repeating the first story with another journey. It also starts to get more explicit about the fact that the carnivores eat smaller animals; The Animals of Farthing Wood mostly skirted around that by showing them eating insects or just going off elsewhere to hunt. Similarly, this story goes into a bit more detail about animals' mating processes. It's not too graphic, but if you read this story to young children then it may lead to questions about where babies come from.
I'm not quite sure that the sub-plot with the cat worked, but I'll give the author the benefit of the doubt. (view spoiler)[After Badger was injured, the warden of the nature reserve took him in to heal. The warden's cat befriended him, and encouraged him to stay there permanently. I quite liked the idea of him becoming the first domesticated badger: as the cat said, there must have been a first time for cats (or dogs) to become pets too. However, Badger left to see his friends, then came back, and the cat said that he was wasting his time. That seems rather harsh, since it was the cat's idea in the first place! Similarly, both animals seemed to be on very good terms when Badger left the first time. By the end of the book, the cat was friendly again. Maybe this does reflect reality, similar to the way that Toad and his mate were physically intimate almost as soon as they'd met. (hide spoiler)]
Read information about the authorColin Dann (born 1943 in Richmond, Surrey (now part of London)) is an English author. He is best known for his The Animals of Farthing Wood series of books, which was subsequently made into an animated series.
Dann worked at the publishing firm William Collins Sons & Co. for thirteen years, and his first novel, The Animals of Farthing Wood, was written during this period. The original cover for this and a dozen others was painted by Portal artist Frances Broomfield.
Colin Dann, recipient of Britain's Arts Council National Award for Children's Literature, is also the author of six sequels and a prequel to The Animals of Farthing Wood.
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