MELP Book of the Week
All Creatures Great and Small
by James Herriot
Since March 20th is the beginning of spring, we thought we would turn to a classic dealing with life and death in a farming community in England. The series, written by James Herriot, are wonderful. They originally appeared in the 1970s, but the lessons they impart are timeless. The true stories of a veterinarian in the English countryside—and the people and animals he met along the way—from a #1 New York Times–bestselling author.
In the rolling dales of Yorkshire, a simple, rural region of northern England, a young veterinarian from Sunderland joins a new practice. A stranger in a strange land, he must quickly learn the odd dialect and humorous ways of the locals, master outdated equipment, and do his best to mend, treat, and heal pets and livestock alike.
This witty and heartwarming collection, based on the author’s own experiences, became an international success, spawning sequels and winning over animal lovers everywhere. Perhaps better than any other writer, James Herriot reveals the ties that bind us to the creatures in our lives.
We invite you to read, discuss, and share.
The Mamie Eisenhower Library Project (MELP) is the NFRW’s oldest program, celebrating more than 50 years of book donations from an approved list to schools, libraries, hospitals and other public institutions.
Bookplates are mailed to clubs upon receipt of the list of books to be donated. This enables the Literacy Committee to track the numbers and names of books being donated by Republican women across the country.
To request bookplates, clubs should send a list of the books they are donating to Literacy Committee member Cathy Percefull. Include the club name, the title and author of each book, and the address to which the bookplates should be sent. Bookplates will be mailed in return.
The Literacy Committee will provide the state presidents with a list of participating clubs and the number of books they donate each year.
Additions to the MELP Recommended Book List are made periodically, and the committee encourages recommendations from members. Send recommendations to Literacy Chair Maxine Bennett.
MEMBER TIP: Download past MELP Book Lists by logging into the Member Center and visiting the Digital Resource Library.