A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.
To spare a repeat intro, let’s do a little merging here.
After the harrowing events of Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? the remaining wildlife decide they must flee before they too are shot down. A family of Rabbits decides to start immediately, and sets off.
The first obstacle is the busy road cutting them off from the rest of their shrinking forest, and the distant mountains. The rabbits have noticed that during the nighttime, less metal monsters travel down the hard surface, so that is when they decide to cross. While halfway across the stretch of pavement, the two bright lights speed towards the family. Most of the rabbits take off, hopping to freedom but the youngest, Wiggle is frozen with fear. Mommy Rabbit turns back to save her, Daddy Rabbit not far behind. They shove her out of harms way, but are crushed moments later.
The family continues onward, convinced that the mountains will bring them the sanctuary they crave.
This half of the woods only lasts for 27 hops before the rabbits encounter the newly flattened field, inhabited by giant, fat deer-like creatures. These black and white spotted giants refuse the rabbit’s petition to cross their field, so they begin to circle the fence line. They are discovered by the farmer’s dog, and barely outrun the beast.
More fields are ahead, and are crossed. The rabbits discover that while the cows always refuse to allow passage through their field, they don’t do much when the family crosses anyways. The rabbits have almost reached the mountain.
One morning a hawk swoops down and carries Wiggle away.
Another morning humans with their deathly shooting sticks follow them for miles, with more dogs chasing the bedraggled family. A cousin trips, and is killed.
Somehow, the remainders reach the mountain. They find other rabbit families, who show them to an empty meadow, perfect for digging a den. The family settles down, thankful that their ordeal has finally ended.