Friday, October 1, 2010
3rd October James Herriot (1916 - 1995)
James Herriot is the pen name for James Alfred Wight. As Alf Wight he grew up in Glasgow, became a vet and moved to a rural veterinary practice in the Yorkshire countryside. He had always wanted to write and later in life, encouraged by his wife, he did. He wrote about what he knew best, animals. Many of his books are semi-autobiographical and have been grouped together under the name All Creatures Great and Small which is also the name of the television series, but Herriot wrote several picture books, many that were beautifully illustrated by Ruth Brown. Three that are in my library are Moses the Kitten; The Christmas Day Kitten and Only One Woof. These are old fashioned and have long texts, but they still appeal to animal-loving, good readers and some of them are on the Premier's Reading Challenge booklist.