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Oh the four cubs In the TV series, they were some of my favorite characters, especially Bold and Charmer They end up with the most interesting story arcs, in both books and show Of course this book introduces Scarface, a real enemy at last It adds a deeper element to the story as a whole and has repercussions long after Adore this series, I am seriously so excited own this entire collection This book is a good continuation and full conclusion of the animals efforts to establish themselves in their new home With everyone becoming in various ways the Animals of White Deer Park at the end, the only loose end to be tied up is the rest of Bold s story therefore I suspect that the series really should have finished with the next book, and I look forward to discovering just how redundant the final three entries really are. The great immigration debate but with foxes Re reading this as an adult, the allegory seems a bit heavy handed, but when I first read it probably aged about 10 that went over my head and I was happy to take it as a story on its own merits.Later on I recognised some of the concepts coming up in real life political discussions, and I often thought back to this story, so I think it acted a bit like a vaccine it exposed me to a small dose of certain views, so that I learnt how to resist them The great immigration debate but with foxes Re reading this as an adult, the allegory seems a bit heavy handed, but when I first read it probably aged about 10 that went over my head and I was happy to take it as a story on its own merits.Later on I recognised some of the concepts coming up in real life political discussions, and I often thought back to this story, so I think it acted a bit like a vaccine it exposed me to a small dose of certain views, so that I learnt how to resist them However, you could also view this as propaganda, so some people parents may prefer to discuss these concepts with their children before they read the book.As established in previous books, a group of animals all travelled together from Farthing Wood when their home was being destroyed after various dangers along the way, they found a refuge in White Deer Park However, they still kept a close bond, and they all stayed together in their own corner of the park After a while, some of the other animals particularly a fox called Scarface started to resent their presence In particular, he claimed that the initial numbers were manageable, but now that the Farthing Wood group had started to breed, they were competing for resources In his view, the animals or their ancestors who d been in the park for longer deserved priority.Some of the new generation objected to this logic For instance, here s a quote from Bold one of Fox and Vixen s cubs On the contrary, I m as much a White Deer Park fox as you are I was born here too, you know Since the Farthing Wood group are the familiar protagonists, the reader is naturally going to take their side, and I think they d meet any reasonable definition of refugees they can t simply go back where they came from.There s an interesting question here about cultural identity Turning to real life, there are parts of London England where lots of people are from a particular ethnic group locally they re in the majority, but nationally they re a minority For instance, Chinatown and Brick Lane have bilingual street signs That may beof a legacy now, but it wastopical when this book was first written in 1982 I can certainly understand why people who ve been uprooted to a foreign country will feelcomfortable in familiar surroundings they ll literally speak the same language as their neighbours, and they ll have a shared frame of reference to discuss particular issues.In this book, Whistler the heron argues that this segregation is causing problems for them, soof the Farthing Wood group should take mates from outside their own community In fact, should they still keep referring to themselves as the animals of Farthing Wood or is that creating an artificial divide with the rest of the park I can see his point in my experience, familiarity is an effective counter to prejudice, because people can say Hang on, not everyone in group X is bad My friend Dave is gay Polish a cyclist whatever, and he s alright Aside from all that, there s an interesting subplot with Fox and Adder when I re read this book, I first thought that the author was cheating, but I now think that he s deliberately trying to portray Fox as a flawed character That s consistent with what s happened to various characters in previous books, e.g the rabbits panicking in the river view spoiler Basically, Fox decided that they had to kill Scarface, and he wanted Adder to do the deed It seems a bit harsh to use him as a weapon like that, but I can also see the logic of using the best person animal for the job, and Fox has been willing to risk his own life many times to help the rest of the party.As it turned out, things didn t go quite according to plan, and Fox wound up fighting Scarface himself Fox won the fight, and had Scarface at his mercy, then let him go This reminded me of the endings to various Disney films, where they want the hero to keep his hands clean Typically, the villain will then betray the hero, make a mistake, and fall to their death Not quite suicide, but they ve inadvertently killed themselves rather than the hero killing them That felt like a cop out here if Fox was happy to order Scarface s death then he s still morally responsible for it, and we ve seen him kill various other animals e.g rats.However, in fairness to the author, Vole makes exactly the same objection Also, Scarface went on to kill severalFarthing Wood animals, which Fox felt guilty about He explains later that he hesitated because he felt that Scarface had a valid claim to live in the park, but I m willing to accept that Fox simply made an error in judgment He does his best to be a good leader, and he has many good qualities, but he s not perfect and he had to face the consequences of his action or inaction hide spoiler Overall, I don t think that this is the best story in the series However, it does a good job of explaining important issues in a way that a child can understand, so it deserves 4 stars for that Always one of my favourite the world of the Farthing Wood gang really expands with the birth of Fox and Vixen s cubs and the subsequent rivalry with the resident foxes of White Deer Park The next generation takes shape with varied and interesting personalities developing There are times when some of the new cast aren t all that likable Bold s insistence of hostility towards the other foxes, Ranger s lack of concern for Charmer s family but overall it s still a vastly enjoyable read, espe Always one of my favourite the world of the Farthing Wood gang really expands with the birth of Fox and Vixen s cubs and the subsequent rivalry with the resident foxes of White Deer Park The next generation takes shape with varied and interesting personalities developing There are times when some of the new cast aren t all that likable Bold s insistence of hostility towards the other foxes, Ranger s lack of concern for Charmer s family but overall it s still a vastly enjoyable read, especially when Adder is allowed a bigger part to play than previous books This is when things started to get a bitdark and scary. This is the only Farthing Wood book I read as a child I can see why, at the time, I quite enjoyed reading it but in the end it didn t make much impression on me I will always have an issue with Colin Dann s adverb abuse and often bearing towards the purple side of his prose However, I did find this bookengaging than its two predecessors there is a lotin terms of plot and characterisation, and I didn t get bored reading it. The book begins with the birth of Vixen s four cubs Bold, Friendly, Charmer and Dreamer and follows their early lives as they are supported and protected by all the remaining Animals of Farthing Wood They grow gradually independent as the story progressesSeveral meetings of the Farthing Animals are held, to decide on how best to deal with the new problems facing them and they maintain the community spirit established with the Ancient Woodland Oath, reinforced by the journey and the perils of winter As a result of the territorial feelings of Scarface the Fox, they become confined to a small area of the Park and there are several eventful meetings between Farthing and White Deer Park foxes on both sides of the boundary The birth of Fox and Vixen s Cubs leads to joy, excitement, new relationships and of course sadness and grief A beautiful story of spring, new life and the challenges of the natural world.