Tommy Smith’s Animals


A special bundle including Tommy Smith's Animals and its picture-book companion, Natural History Pictures for a Living Education, is also available.

Tommy Smith’s Animals is the first book in a charming series that sets out to teach children about the wonders of the animal kingdom. The narrative follows the exploits of little Tommy Smith, a well-known menace amongst the animals of his neighbourhood. Fed up with the cruelty and carelessness of the young child, the rats and hares, owls and snakes, moles and frogs, among others, work together to show Tommy Smith just how damaging and nasty his behaviour is. They do this through a series of talks where they show Tommy Smith the incredible worth and unique characteristics of the birds and beasts who inhabit the countryside.

To accompany the reading of this book we highly recommend its picture-book companion, Natural History Pictures for a Living Education: Tommy Smith’s Animals, which can be purchased individually or as part of a special bundle here.

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First published in the late nineteenth century by Edmund Selous, Tommy Smith’s Animals is the perfect introduction to natural history for young children, particularly among those using a Charlotte Mason educational philosophy in their homes. This new edition has been lightly edited to bring it up to date for students of the twenty-first century.

The book has been arranged for effective use with Miss Mason’s principle of short lessons, some chapters have therefore been split into parts and the readings spread across more than one lesson. Another unique facet to the new edition is the inclusion of narration breaks dividing the text, allowing parents and students to move easily through the text at a pace which is suitable to the abilities of the child.

Additional information

Weight 0.24 kg
Book Type

Digital, Print


PDF, Paperback

Page count

134 pages

Print Product Size

A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in. / 148 x 210 mm)

First Published

September 2021


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