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All Things Bright and Beautiful
by James Herriot

If you loved All Creatures Great and Small, you’ll be just as enchanted with this, the second of five books in Herriot's essential canon. Remember that brand of snack food whose ads dared you to eat just one? We dare you to stop after reading just one Herriot book. This reviewer was so completely hooked by the first chapter of All Creatures that he devoured all five books within a month.

The five books follow the same format. That is, the vast majority of chapters are largely self-contained short stories of 10 pages or less. The next three books are, in order:


Several chapters from these five books were recast into illustrated children’s books under Herriot’s supervision. Likewise, his Dog Stories and Cat Stories are selections of appropriate chapters, as is the handsomely illustrated Best of James Herriot.



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