November Pick of the Month: “All Creatures Great and Small” by James Herriot

November - All Creatures Great and Small

WITF is partnering with Midtown Scholar Bookstore on a Pick of the Month. Read along with us and discover books we think you’ll like. November’s pick is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.


Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world’s most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.

For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot’s marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye.

In All Creatures Great and Small, we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. Some visits are heart-wrenchingly difficult, such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion, some are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriot’s periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery, and yet others are inspirational and enlightening, such as Herriot’s recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals. From seeing to his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals, Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never-ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine forth.

Save the Date for All Creatures Great & Small Event!

Grab your tweed jumpers and wellies and join your fellow fans of All Creatures Great & Small for an exclusive Season 2 sneak preview and Yorkshire Dinner Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 4:30-7pm at the historic Stiegel Stable at Elizabeth Furnace in Lititz. Tickets, with proceeds benefitting WITF, will be on sale later this month. Watch the Season 2 trailer to see what’s in store for James Herriot and friends.

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