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Summer Brook Spring (Summer Brook Besties Book 1) Kindle Edition
Can two people from opposite ends of the earth really be friends?
Summer Brook Spring is the first book in a cosy series for kind and curious young readers who love books, animals and best friend adventures.
10-year-old Freya Patel think it is RUBBISH her family are living at Summer Brook Farm, her Gran's farm in Australia, for a year. It is so far away from everything she knows, and all her friends at home in London.
Emma Lloyd is excited to have a girl her own age living next door to the dairy farm that has always been her home. But can a country girl be friends with a girl from a big city on the opposite side of the planet? When Maisie the cow gets in trouble, Freya and Emma must join forces to save her little calf, and they discover they have more in common than they think.
The Summer Brook Besties series offers young readers an escape to a cosy place where life isn't easy, but where problems are solved through cooperation and kindness. Freya and Emma learn about friendship and family through their adventures together in a farming community in Australia. This is a thoroughly modern take on the cosy Enid Blyton series so beloved by readers, featuring diverse characters and contemporary issues that offer rich opportunity for home and classroom discussion. Each book has 10 chapters with original B&W illustrations by Caitlyn McPherson. Four books are planned for release in 2020/21.
NEXT: SUMMER BROOK BESTIES #2 Bushfire Christmas
Christmas in Australia is in summer. It's too hot and too strange for Freya. Emma is irritated and hurt by Freya's longing for home and they fall out. When bushfires devastate the area, their squabbles seem petty-but is it too late for the Summer Brook Besties' friendship?
I recently read this book and enjoyed it as an adult because in my mind I felt like I was revisiting the first books by Enid Blyton that I could read myself! So very suitable for early chapter book readers. Illustrations prompted that feeling.
I also felt it would be fun to share it as a bedtime story with my four year old grandson.........knowing how much he’d enjoy the “scary bits” but the happy endings. He would also enjoy the animal adventures and “interesting facts pages”, also the recently acquired idea of friends, and he’d benefit hearing about girls doing exciting things!
Karen White Grandmother & former Primary educator
Summer Brook Spring Review, by Carly Cooper (10)
I love that instead of just Freya visiting the farm and eating, and then going to school every day, she actually interacted with the setting. For example, how she helped Gran Rose with the jobs, like helping with the cows and the chickens and baby chicks. I absolutely loved how the author added a main cow (Maisie) AND that she gave birth (to Sophie). It built a lot of tension for the reader, because I was not sure if Maisie was going to have the calf let alone even like it and not reject it, which they can do, so I thought that was really cool. I also liked how Freya met this girl next door (Emma Lloyd) and she became her best friend. I particularly loved how they ended up having a sleepover in the barn when they had to look after the baby calf and its mother, Maisie. They had to make sure Maisie didn’t reject her baby, which was a big responsibility. They also bonded in many other ways like their love of the same books. They had lots in common. But they sort of compared their lives too, like how one was from a massive city (London) and the other was from a country farm environment. Lastly, I liked that instead of the book being the whole year, it was a twist to me that the book only represented one week. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Awaiting reviews--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B091D3GQVD
- Publication date : March 29, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3185 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 68 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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