Watership Down

Watership Down

Wow. I was blown away by this book. It is no accident that it's considered a Classic.

Adams uses lyrical, evocative language to tell of a small group of rabbits escaping the encroachment of civilization and trying to forge a place of their own in the English countryside. The world-building of the rabbits' lives is deeply realized and described with a great reverence for the natural world. This book is full of absolutely gripping adventure, suspense, and drama. Watership Down also features memorable, admirable characters who can teach us about leadership, trust, loyalty, and standing up for ourselves.

This book could make an excellent transition for fans of other animal adventures like the Warriors series. Recommended for ages 9-12 or read aloud with younger kids.

Reviewed by Paul D., Senior Information Assistant

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Watership Down

Are you a fan of Erin Hunter's Warriors Series or the swashbuckling adventures of Redwall Abbey? If so, you owe it to yourself to check out Watership Down by Richard Adams, one of the greatest animal fantasy novels of all time.

A band of brave rabbits sets out from their doomed warren on an epic journey across a dangerous land. Along the way, they must face weasels, birds of prey, cats, men, and hostile bands of other rabbits. Filled with nail-biting escapes, brave heroes and terrifying villains, Watership Down will keep you up way past your bedtime. It's one of those rare, "stand alone" fantasy novels, but the characters searching for a new home in this story will stay with you for years to come. Recommended for grades 5 and up.