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Animal Farm

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic satirical allegory about the abuse of power.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 11+

An Eye Opener For Young & Old

If you’re concerned about what’s going on in the world today and want no to prepare your child with awareness of evil people in power than this is the book for you! I would recommend reading it before your child, because there is a lot of opportunity for discussion. Here’s list of topics we discussed together while he read the book: 1. How good intentions can be taken advantage of 2. How greedy animals can manipulate the system 3. The importance of being educated 4. Knowing who you get your information from I don’t think my son would have been ready to tackle this book as a 10 year old. At 11. I feel he was able to grasp the harder concepts of this book and discuss them in an age appropriate manner with me
age 11+

RIP The L BOZO Napolean

Animal Farm is a great book for children to learn about the power of language and how powerful it is when used to control and manipulate.This book was an allegorical master piece of literature,basically showing how bad dictators and their abuse of language was.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (102 ):

The story and language are very simple, but Orwell is unnervingly precise in the way he depicts each step on the road from revolution to tyranny. ANIMAL FARM has been popular and highly acclaimed since its publication in 1945. In 2005, Time magazine chose it as one of the 100 best English-language novels, and the book ranks at 31 on the Modern Library List of Best 20th Century Novels.

Book Details

  • Author: George Orwell
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: August 17, 1945
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Last updated: June 8, 2015

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