Since both of our daughters are animal lovers, we are always searching for a new series of books featuring animals. Anthropomorphic animals, such as Harriet the Hamster Princess and her friend Wilbur star in some of our favorites (see the Hamster Princess post from August 4, 2017). Other favorites feature humans interacting with animals (see the Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet post from June 21, 2018 or the Mercy Watson post from June 2, 2017).
However, just because a series features animals doesn’t guarantee its success in our family. Some popular books, such as the Magic Bone series or the Dolphin School series, have not been huge hits here. After running across the Daisy Dawson books at our local overstock and used bookstore, I decided to try them out. They turned out to be a lucky find!
Daisy Dawson books by Steve Voake
Daisy Dawson is a young girl with a big heart and an inquisitive nature who doesn’t seem to quite fit in. I came away with the sense that Daisy is often just a bit out of sync with her family and the other kids at school. She is constantly late to school, not because she intends to be late, but because she has made an unplanned stop after something caught her interest along the way.
After an encounter with a butterfly, Daisy finds that she has the ability to communicate with animals. She quickly befriends a dog named Boom, a horse named Meadowsweet, and other animals who live nearby. Daisy is able to develop true friendships with the aniamsl and finds a place where she is appreciated. In the books, she often helps the animals out of predicaments or helps them to solve their problems.
While these books move at a slightly slower pace than the books our daughters typically like (okay, than those I typically like reading with them), I found myself drawn to the main characters. All of them have richly drawn personalities, from Daisy herself to Trixie, the cantankerous cat who may have a soft heart underneath her abrasive exterior. And we can’t leave out the easily excitable young squirrels, Conker and Hazel, or wise, gentle Meadowsweet. Interactions between the various characters make the books quite funny.
These books are filled with black and white illustrations, making them quick reads. There is little to no violence in them, so they are a good choice for kids who are easily frightened.
Do you have any recommendations for our resident animal lovers? Feel free to leave them here!