Can you name these famous fictional animals from classic children's stories?

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These famous animals have lit up the imaginations of children for generations. Do you know which characters come from which books? Take the quiz and take a trip down memory lane!

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is what kind of animal?

In the famous Rudyard Kipling story, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a mongoose adopted by a British family living in India. He protects them from the cobras Nag and Nagaina.

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"The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin" was written by the same author as this story about a rabbit:

Beatrix Potter is the author of many beloved stories of wild and domestic animals, from Peter Rabbit to Jemima Puddle-Duck and Squirrel Nutkin to Mrs. Tittlemouse. Her endearing stories have endured for over a century, and are still considered favorites.

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Black Beauty is what kind of animal?

Since 1877, children have grown up knowing the story of Black Beauty, a gentle horse who narrates the treatment of horses in different lines of work and among different kinds of people, as he is passed from one owner to another throughout his life. The novel, with animal welfare as its central message, is considered one of the best-selling books of all time.

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Pooh Bear's very best human friend is:

Pooh Bear's best human friend is Christopher Robin, a character based on A.A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne. The boy's teddy, Winnie-the-Pooh, as well as several of his other toys including Kanga, Roo, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet, were the inspiration for the animals of the Hundred Acre Woods.

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Mrs. Frisby is the leading character in what book?

This story of a brave mother mouse and the rats she befriends is known as "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH." A decade after publication, it was made into a film titled, "The Secret of NIMH."

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In what book is Merrylegs the pony a co-star?

Black Beauty isn't the only horse who steals our hearts in this much-loved story by Anna Sewell. Merrylegs the pony, as well as the firey-tempered Ginger and many other horses, help to tell the tale of the lives of working horses in the best-selling 1877 novel.

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The gentle bull from this story is named:

Munro Leaf's story of Ferdinand, the bull who just wants to sit and smell the flowers, was published in 1936 and holds a much larger message — politically and socially — than the story of a sweet-tempered bull.

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Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare are heartwarming characters in which book?

The words of the story written by Sam McBratney are as memorable as the instantly recognizable illustrations by Anita Jeram. One of the best competitions ever held between parent and child is that of each trying to top the other in the scale of their love.

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What kind of animal is the lead character of "White Fang"?

Some might remember White Fang as a wolf, while others remember him as a dog. In fact, Jack London wrote the character as a little of both — based on the animal's genes and how he lives. White Fang is a three-quarters wolf-dog hybrid, born into a wolf family with one parent a wolf-dog hybrid and the other a pure wolf. Though he is born wild, he is adopted by different humans and, after a tumultuous life, eventually finds peace in a domestic setting.

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Peter Rabbit's arch nemesis is:

The farmer constantly trying to chase Peter from his garden (or catch him!) is Mr. McGregor. Though he plays the villain in the children's story, anyone who has ever tried to keep rabbits out of their vegetable patch can lend him some sympathy.

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What is the pig's name in "Charlotte's Web"?

Charlotte the spider saves Wilbur the pig's life by weaving messages about his value into her web, stunning human onlookers and sparing him from the slaughterhouse. Wilbur later returns the favor by guarding Charlotte's egg sac and befriending several of her hatchlings.

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The sad-eyed donkey who lives in the Hundred Acre Wood is named:

"Thanks for noticing me."

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Mr. Toad is the owner of Toad Hall in what book?

This popular tale stars Mole and Rat, but Mr. Toad plays an unforgettable role.

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The beloved dog who befriends a farm boy and saves the family from danger is named:

And "Old Yeller" has been traumatizing children since 1956.

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The magestic black panther featured in "The Jungle Book" is named:

Though "everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody dared to cross his path," the black panther is Mowgli's mentor and friend, as gentle to the boy as he is ferocious among other animals in the classic novel.

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The bat featured in this favorite children's bedtime book is named:

Stellaluna teaches children wonderful lessons about being yourself and accepting differences in family and friends.

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Assateague Island is the birthplace of what pony?

In Marguerite Henry's book "Misty of Chincoteague," the famous pony is born wild on Assateague Island. However, the real-life horse on which the story is based was born in 1946 on Chincoteague at the Beebe Ranch.

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The loyal hounds of "Where The Red Fern Grows" are named:

The story of the heroic dogs Old Dan and Little Ann has made many a young reader cry. Scratch that —  the story has made every reader of every age cry!

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What is the name of Alice's cat in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"?

The Cheshire Cat might get all the attention, but Dinah is Alice's BFF.

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The wild-spirited colt Satan is the offspring of what famous horse?

Who other than the tempestuous Black Stallion could sire a foal with such an infamous name?

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Whoooo is Hedwig?

Hedwig is Harry's snowy owl, given to him by Hagrid as a birthday present, and an unforgettable character in the series. While newer to the scene than many of the other stories mentioned here, the Harry Potter series is already a classic, so the animals featured in it — from Norbert to Mrs. Norris — fit right in with these other famous fictional animals.

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