24 June 2015

Animals in Literature

Writing about my canine friends in my upcoming book, made me think about animals in literature in general. Literature is filled with animals. From children's picture books to the classics, people have been writing about their feathered, or four-legged companions and other animals since the beginning. The first books that come to mind are some of my all-time childhood favourites, such as: 

Published in 1851, written by Herman Melville. 
"Moby Dick seeks thee not. It is thou, thou who madly seekest him!"

 Published in 1877, written by Anna Sewell.
"I was beginning to grow handsome. My coat was bright black. I had one white foot and a pretty white star on my forehead."

 Published in 1902, written by Beatrix Potter.
"At last, Peter Rabbit made his way back to his cozy burrow to his family. He was a very tired rabbit indeed."

 Published in 1906, written by Jack London.
"White Fang knew the law well: to oppress the week and obey the strong."

Published in 1926, written by A. A. Milne.
"How do you spell love? You don't spell it, you feel it."

Yes, I still have these books sitting on my bookshelf, and yes, I do still read them from time to time. What can I say? I'm just a child at heart. 
Do you have a favourite animal book?

Piper is the author of military lifestyle books and RV travel journals. When she isn't busy typing away on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedInFacebookGoodreads and Google+


  1. I really liked Paddington Bear and Winnie the Pooh. The Cat and the Hat books were really fun. I also create personalized pet books. Please check out www.tailsuntold.com. My books are personalized to your pet, so they are not mass produced. The storyline is your pet taking a New York City adventure. I put your pet's photos and unique characteristics into each of the 20 page illustrated, coffee table, keepsake book. Please visit to see samples.
    Thank you for asking about our favorite pet books

  2. Thank you, Susan, for sharing! I'll have to stop by your website and check it out. =)