How does James Herriot view the births and deaths of the animals with which he works?
What is Herriot’s attitude toward the eccentricities of many of the people he encounters in Yorkshire?
How does the interaction between Herriot, Siegfried, and Tristan provide comedy for Herriot’s books?
How does the comedy in Herriot’s books enable him to write about serious, often distressing, topics without alienating his readers?
What effect does the use of lines from an Anglican hymn as the titles of four of Herriot’s books have on the readers’ attitudes toward the books and the events in them?
Many critics say that the Yorkshire Dales themselves are central to the meaning and effect of Herriot’s books. Do you agree or disagree? Why?