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Animal Stories: Fantasy

If your dog put on trousers and brought you the morning paper and a cup of coffee, you probably wouldn't accept them quietly and start reading the sports page. While most characters in literature who encounter talking animals aren't that nonchalant about it, they seem a lot more accepting of bizarre phenomena than most real people would be. Is it just because they're characters in books? or is it because animals actually have quite a bit to tell us about human nature and the realities of the world we occupy?

There are real-life precedents for talking animals—parrots can speak, crows can acquire human vocabularies, and Balaam's donkey carried on a conversation with the reluctant prophet. Granted, birds with the vocal capacity for imitative speech and supernaturally gifted pack animals aren't really in the same league, but you get the idea. Just because most animals don't talk doesn't mean none of them can.

We're not suggesting Narnia is a real place, or rabbits actually have detailed mythologies, at least not in the sense most people would use words like "real" and "actual." But there are books about Aslan, and there are books about Bigwig and Fiver, Matthias the Mouse, and Mr. Toad, and in that sense those places and characters are real and actual. More importantly, what they tell us about life itself (through their stories, not over afternoon tea) is often true and real and actual.

Basically, stories about animals who apparel themselves in anything other than their own skin and fur, animals that fight with swords instead of claws and teeth, animals who bake their food rather than eating it raw or off the ground, animals that speak (either to humans or each other)—any story we carry of this kind will be found here. While animal fantasy shouldn't displace all other reading, it's important to remember that, in the end, there's very little meaningful difference between a character like Tom Sawyer and one like Abel the Mouse.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"
by Patricia Thomas
from HarperCollins
for Nursery-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Abel's Island
by William Steig
from Square Fish Publishing
Animal Fantasy for 3rd-5th grade
1977 Newbery Honor Book
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$4.89 $2.40 (1 in stock)
Adventures of Bob White
Famous Bedtime Story Books #19
by Thornton W. Burgess
Illustrated from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Adventures of Bobby Raccoon
Dover Children's Thrift Classics
by Thornton W. Burgess
New edition from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$1.75
Adventures of Buster Bear
Dover Children's Thrift Classics
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel
by Thornton W. Burgess
Revised ed. from Dover Publications
for 3rd-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse
Dover Children's Thrift Classics
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Adventures of Grandfather Frog
Dover Children's Thrift Classics
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Happy Jack
Dover Thrift
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
for 1st-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.80
Adventures of Jerry Muskrat
Dover Children's Thrift Classics
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Jimmy Skunk
Dover Children's Thrift Classics
by Thornton W. Burgess
Una Rep from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Johnny Chuck
Dover Thrift
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
for 1st-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Mr. Mocker
Dover Thrift
by Thornton W. Burgess
Illustrated from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Old Man Coyote
Dover Children's Thrift Classics
by Thornton W. Burgess
Later Printing Used from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Old Mr. Toad
by Thornton W. Burgess
Revised ed. from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Paddy the Beaver
by Thornton W. Burgess
Unabridged from Dover Publications
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Peter Cottontail
by Thornton W. Burgess
Reprint from Dover Publications
for 3rd-5th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Poor Mrs. Quack
Dover Children's Thrift Classics
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Prickly Porky
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$1.75
Adventures of Reddy Fox
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
Animal Stories: Fantasy for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Sammy Jay
Dover Thrift
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum
Dover Thrift
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
for 1st-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.10
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
from Henry Holt and Company
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-5th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, edited by Ann McGovern
from Scholastic Inc.
for Nursery-2nd grade
$1.80 (3 in stock)
Aesop's Fables
by Retold & Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
1st Ed. from Chronicle Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$13.99
Aesop's Fables
Puffin Classics
by Aesop
Reprint from Puffin Books
for Kindergarten-4th grade
Aesop's Fables for Children
by Aesop & Milo Winter
Pap/Com from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$11.24
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
by Leo Lionni
Reissue from Dragonfly Books
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
1970 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$5.99
Amos and Boris
by William Steig
from Square Fish Publishing
Animal Fantasy for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$5.99
Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock
by Eric A. Kimmel
Reprint from Holiday House
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Anansi the Spider
by Gerald McDermott
1st edition from Scholastic Inc.
for Nursery-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$0.90 (2 in stock)
Annotated Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
from W. W. Norton and Co.
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$27.97
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear
by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk & Barbara Garrison (illusttrator)
from Purple House Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Ant and the Elephant
by Bill Peet
from Sandpiper Books
Animal Fantasy for Preschool-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Armadillo from Amarillo
by Lynne Cherry
1st edition from Harcourt Children's Books
for Preschool-3rd Grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: ACL-PIC)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Arthur's Honey Bear
An I Can Read Book Level 2
by Lillian Hoban
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for Preschool-3rd grade
in I Can Read Books (Location: CPB-04B)
$2.99
Ask Mr. Bear
by Marjorie Flack
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Kindergarten-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Babar and Father Christmas
by Jean De Brunhoff
1st edition from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$11.96
Babar and His Children
by Jean De Brunhoff
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$11.96
Babar and Zephir
by Jean de Brunhoff
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Babar Comes to America
by Laurent de Brunhoff
1st edition from Abrams Books for Young Readers
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$8.40 (1 in stock)
Babar the King
by Jean de Brunhoff
from Random House
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$11.96 $5.60 (1 in stock)
Babar's World Tour
by Laurent de Brunhoff
Rei/Pstr from Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.30 (1 in stock)
Babe the Gallant Pig
by Dick King-Smith
1st edition from Yearling
Animal Stories: Fantasy for 2nd-5th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Baby Sister for Frances
by Russell & Lillian Hoban
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$5.24
Bambi
Junior Deluxe Editions
by Felix Salten
from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
Animal Stories: Fantasy for 4th-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Bargain for Frances
An I Can Read Book Level 2
by Russell & Lillian Hoban
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in I Can Read Books (Location: CPB-04B)
Bear Called Paddington
by Michael Bond
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 2nd-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$6.99
Beckoning Cat
by Koko Nishizuka
from Holiday House
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Bedtime for Frances
by Russell Hoban
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
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