Freddy Goes to Florida Paperback – Jun 25 2001
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Birds migrate south for the winter--why shouldn't farm animals? In Walter R. Brooks's Freddy Goes to Florida, that's precisely what the thoughtful beasts of Mr. Bean's upstate New York farm decide to do. Not wanting to leave the imperfect yet kindhearted farm owner in the lurch, they draw straws to select the lucky travelers. A robin draws them a map that shows them how to get to Florida, and they're off! The parade of animals--Jinx the cat, Freddy the pig, Robert the dog, Hank and Mrs. Wiggins the cows, Mr. and Mrs. Webb the spiders, two ducks named Alice, and four mice--causes quite a stir on the cross-country trek. In Washington, D.C., they even meet the president, who "shook them each by the claw or a paw or a hoof." After a series of humorous and suspenseful near misses, including a battle of wits with some Florida alligators, they end up safely back home, where Freddy poetically concludes, "And however they wander, both pigs and men / Are always glad to get home again." Brooks is hilariously tongue-in-cheek; his insightful descriptions of animal characters are always compassionate; and his subtle appeal to a child's instinct for justice is no less than masterful. As Adam Hochschild of the New York Times Book Review writes, "The moral center of my childhood universe, the place where good and evil, friendship and treachery, honesty and humbug were defined most clearly, was not church, not school, and not the Boy Scouts. It was the Bean Farm."
From 1927 to 1958 Brooks wrote 26 Freddy books--including Freddy the Detective--all focused on the well-rounded pig, who has been described by various fans as ingenious, intelligent, loyal, and resourceful. Since Brooks's books fell out of print, librarians across the country have scrounged up copies wherever possible, even resorting to photocopying the books and binding them with hockey-stick tape. Finally, to the delight of thousands, the fabulous Freddy books have been reprinted by Overlook Press. Welcome back, Freddy! (Ages 9 to 12, but great for reading aloud to younger children.) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Available for the first time in paperback, Freddy the Pig stars in two adventures. In the first, fresh from reading about Sherlock Holmes, Freddy is drafted to solve several disappearances on Bean farm. In the second, the porcine hero and his friends escape the drafty barn for a vacation in sunny Florida. Ages 9-12. (July)
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Charles the Rooster was depressed. He was tired of waking up before sunrise to greet the sun, and he hated the cold winter the would be coming all too soon. Then a passing barn swallow explained to Charles about migrating and the excited rooster went to work convincing the rest of the animals to go south for the winter. That wasn't hard, Mr. Bean was a good farmer, but he didn't have the money to keep the barn all warm and cozy. In no time at all everyone (Freddy the Pig, Jinx the Cat, Mrs. Wiggins the cow, Hank the horse, dogs, ducks, mice and even a pair of spiders) are headed down the road to Florida.
They go from one picaresque adventure to another. They get a bit lost, survive kidnapping, and fall in a few rivers. The get to meet the President and find gold. Best of all they reach Florida and spend some wonderful time being lazy and basking in the sun. There they have the biggest adventure of all. Wandering in the Big Cypress Swamp the animals are surrounded by alligators and Charles must pull a trick on the Grandfather of All the Alligators to escape the swamp and begin their trip home. On the way, of course, even more exciting things befall them.Read more ›
In "Freddy Goes to Florida," it seems that the Bean Farm animals have grown tired of the cold New York winters--and the fact that their beloved Mr. Bean can't afford to make modern refurbishments. So they decide to migrate South, just as the birds do! The animals draw lots to see who gets to go--after all, some of them have to stay and take care of the farm!
Headed by Freddy the Pig, Mrs. Wiggins (the cow), Jinx (the cat), Henrietta (the hen) and her husband Charles, Hank (the horse), the Webbs (Mr. and Mrs. Spider), Alice and Emma (the ducks), Jack (the dog), and Eek, Quik, Eeny, and Cousin Augustus (the mice), the traveling companions set off!
And then it is one adventure after another as this grass menagerie (plus a few others!) head South. Dishonest humans, tricky alligators, and even a "pot of gold" await this crew as the excitement mounts! And on their way, the stop by Washington, where they are greeted by the President of the United States, who had heard of their goal (after all, they are the first animals to migrate!). And, of course, the animals are able to find a pot of gold, too!
Published in the late 40s, Brooks' Freddie the Pig series has captured audiences far and wide. It is refreshing to see such a children's classic stand the test of time (I first read "Freddie the Detective" back in the 50s!) and while many are now out of print (check your local library--that's a good source!), the adventures of these farm animals always bring a smile! Such fun--no matter how old a child you are!
Most recent customer reviews
Mr. Bean's farm animals are very intelligent. They can read and some can write.A pig named Freddy gets the idea from a sparrow to migrate. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2002
How many New Yorkers years for the warmth of Florida during winter? Snow birds? Such are the yearnings of Freddy adn the other barn animals. Read morePublished on July 21 2002 by PolBECath
The Freddy the Pig series was a favorite of mine as a child and many of the Freddy books were favorites of my children when they were young. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 1999
This book was not only about Freddy but about all the other animals. I liked the way the author made every character have as big a part as the main characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 1999
I discovered the "Freddy" series at my library at age 8, and read every book I could find. Read morePublished on March 1 1998