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Freddy Goes to Florida (Freddy the Pig) Paperback – Illustrated, February 16, 2012
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"Freddy is blessed with courage, wit, agility and a Sherlock Holmes- like capacity for detective work." — Newsday
"The American version of the great English classics such as the Pooh books or The Wind in the Willows." — The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Walter R. Brooks was born in Rome, New York on January 9, 1886, and died in Roxbury, New York on August 17, 1958. Brooks attended the University of Rochester and, after graduation, worked for the American Red Cross and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He became associate editor of Outlook in 1928 and subsequently was a staff writer for several magazines, including The New Yorker. The short stories he began writing at this time were published in The Saturday Evening Post, Atlantic Monthly, and Esquire. Brooks's short story "Ed Takes the Pledge" was the basis for the 1950s television series Mr. Ed, but his most lasting achievement is the Freddy the Pig series, which began in 1928 with To and Again (Freddy Goes to Florida). He subsequently wrote twenty-five more delightful books starring "that charming ingenious pig" (The New York Times), all of which are now available from The Overlook Press.
Kurt Wiese (1887-1974) illustrated over 300 children’s book and wrote and illustrated another 20 books. He received two Newbery Awards and two Caldecott Honor Book Awards.
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; 1st edition (February 16, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1590207416
- ISBN-13 : 978-1590207413
- Reading age : 9 - 14 years
- Grade level : 4 - 9
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.05 x 1.7 x 7.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #261,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When reading to very young children, expect to have to explain a lot of vocabulary -- not a bad thing at all. Many years ago, I read these to my son and recorded them on cassette tapes. He played them over many, many times, especially when traveling. He developed a love of books that led him to read 54 Hardy Boys volumes while only a third-grader.
This book originally had the innocuous title, "To and Again." Like Howard R. Garris (Uncle Wiggly), Brooks didn't settle on his central character in his first books.
One good way to get into these is via Kindle. A Kindle app on larger phone or tablet is a great option. Kindle is currently the ONLY way to get all of the series. There is a website dedicated to Friends of Freddy that is worth looking up.
BTW, the New York Times speculated that Orwell drew his inspiration for "Animal Farm" from the Freddy series.
My grandson, son, daughter, and I have all enjoyed the Freddy books. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Another good choice is the Oz series, which consists of 15 volumes, beginning with the Wizard of Oz. Those books are for similar ages, but probably no younger than 7. Of course, when the kids are old enough, nothing beats Harry Potter.