Birdwatching: Anthropomorphized animals!

Anthropomorphized animals differ from regular talking animals in that they’re less like animals and more like people. Sometimes they wear clothes, but other times they just act in a way completely contrary to their actual animal nature. So, while the rabbits in Watership Down talk, they aren’t anthropomorphized because neither are they acting like humans, unlike the animals in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series (beavers drinking tea, for instance). See?

On the one hand, I think rabbits wearing waistcoats and things are adorable. On the other hand, it freaks me out a little bit. Why? Don’t know. Anyway, here’s a list of 10 books featuring anthropomorphized animals.

  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865).
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950).
  3. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (1926).
  4. Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945).
  5. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1902).
  6. Redwall by Brian Jacques (1986).
  7. Perloo the Bold by Avi (1998).
  8. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908).
  9. Milk Treading by Nick Smith (2002).
  10. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900).

Can you think of any others?

Thanks to Once Upon a Bookshelf for the list-y inspiration!

7 thoughts on “Birdwatching: Anthropomorphized animals!”

    1. Do you remember the title? I want to read it! Man-sized cat-shaped aliens who drink tea? Pretty awesome! Was it a good book?

  1. Watership Down is chock-full of talking rabbits. But maybe not so anthropomorphized…

    Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy has armoured polar bears and tiny insect-like spies as well as the Mulefas (which I always imagine as bipedal pachyderm-like creatures). The Master and Margarita has a giant, talking black cat that drinks vodka.

    1. I’m not counting them because I’m just assuming their talking in rabbit-talk and not human-talk, and we can only understand them because of the machinations of the author.

      His Dark Materials! Yes, the polar bears totally count. 😀

  2. Watership Down. Does that count? The rabbits aren’t anthropomorphized in the sense of acting human, but they have human thoughts and they talk amongst themselves. So….?

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