All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small

I discovered the glorious James Herriot, when I was a girl.


I rediscovered him last week when I picked up his audio treasury for children.


James Herriot wrote about his work as a veterinarian in post WWII England.


His series are titled from a children’s poem by Cecil B. Alexander.


This week in our car we listened to an audio recording of James Herriot’s Treasury for Children read by Jim Dale.

Bonnie's Big Day

Bonnie’s Big Day

For the uninitiated, Jim Dale is simply the best audiobook narrator ever in the universe full stop.


For your read aloud pleasure, I leave you this pretty little poem that inspired this series.

Only One Woof

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

by Cecil Alexander


My favorite books to share with my kids are books with rich language, warm humor and evocative of nature.

James Herriot has all of this and more. His books are friends, you can get lost in them and they never wear out.


What kind of books can you return to like a friend? What is your cosiest read?


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