What do animals do when their farmer doesn’t care for them properly? They rise up and run the farm themselves of course. But when a group of animals set out to create the perfect utopia, things won’t turn out like they planned.
Discover the fun, thought provoking classic that young readers will love.
Author: George Orwell
Paperback: 108 pages
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook
The story starts on a small farm in England with the animals frustrated at their farmer. He is a drunk and doesn’t care for them properly. They don’t get food when they need and he doesn’t clean up after them when he should. He is lazy and good for nothing. As the animals all complain about their situation, an old boar inspires them with tales of revolution. Soon, they gather together and revolt. They seize the farmer and his other workers. Before the humans realize what is happening, they are expelled from the farm.
Finally free from the tyranny of the farmer, the animals set out to construct an animal utopia. They setup an Animal Farm where all animals can live free and equal. In order to survive on a farm, there is a lot of work to be done. It is divided up evenly and things start out great. Food production is up and everyone is happy. The animals create a set of laws with the seven commandments to ensure that each animal will remain free and equal. It is their best idea to avoid repeating the evils of man. But no sooner than the laws are written that they began to be broken.
The pigs are the smartest of the animals and they quickly become natural leaders. Working less and less, they teach themselves how to read. Each time the other animals began to suspect something, the pigs give a convincing speech to set the other animals at ease. They rewrite history to make their points. Since there are no written records, even if the other animals could read, they are easily mislead. The conditions on the farm get worse and worse until the pigs finally walk on two legs and wear clothes like humans. Soon the animals will learn that all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.
This delightful book is a fantastic read. It keeps readers engaged through each shocking exploit as the farm slowly deteriorates. I especially loved how it is a political allegory that is so relevant today. It also comes with a great analysis in the appendix that will inspire deep thinking.
Animal Farm is the perfect book to read together with your children and discuss together. It is an absolute must read, especially in today’s political climate.