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This is a book that my sister read, to me, when I was only nine-years-old! I am now 74 years young! This book was originally published under a different title, "To and From Again." My sister, was 2 1/2 years older, and was my only sibling. She passed away in '2003 due to ALS. I was just reflecting on my memories of her, one day, and wanted to find this book, so I could again read the story, which had been one of my favorites, and to remember her, and how she read it to me. I searched in vain, and even posted an inquiry on the internet to find it. Someone posted an answer, saying that they thought that they knew the book that I was searching for. They said that the title had been changed, and that it was now a book entitled, "FREDDY Goes To Florida". I sent for the book, and lo and behold, it is the book that my sister read, to me, 65 years ago! It brings back wonderful memories of her reading bedtime stories to me. I only wish I had noted the name of that wonderful person, who took the time to care about helping me find something that is precious, to me! Wherever you are, "thank you"! It is a wonderful book.
"Florida" is the first and one of the best of the 23-volume Freddy series. The books are very educational. They are suitable for reading to kindergarten-age kids and reading by older kids up to as high as age 14. Brooks is a master at character development. If you child is lucky enough to get hooked, he will discover a comfortable, fun world with magnetic personalities entangled in beguiling plots.
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.
As a treat to myself, I bought the entire FREDDY series on Kindle. I read and loved some of these books when I was a kid and now, in my seventies, it's a treat to rediscover them. FREDDY GOES TO FLORIDA is the first in the series. Amazon has them all for sale, either individually or as a complete series for Kindle download. They're delightful, and I recommend them highly. The plots are interesting, the characterizations inventive and charming. I've met many FREDDY fans over the years.
The story is interesting, suspenseful, and rewarding! It turned out very different than what I expected, the reader does a wonderful job with pacing and flow without being distracting in the slightest. It can entertain for the age of 4 to late 80's in our experience, I would definitely recommend to anyone with an adventurous mind.
My 4 and 1/2 year old daughter is captivated by this book. It’s the third chapter book she is read. She loves the characters since she plays a lot with farm figurines. She is eager to read the book every night; looks forward to the next great adventure of the animals. An absolute winner! I plan to keep the book so she can read it to herself sometime.
The first in the series of Freddy books...originally titles To and Again, Freddy is a costar / supporting player here..a young pig not yet evolved into the Renaissance Pig protagonist that he quickly became by the third book in the series. The characters were multidimensional and interesting - a trend which continued throughout the entire series. This copy contains the fine Kurt Wiese illustrations which replaced the original artist's work after Wiese became the "official" Freddy artist.
I was so excited to share this classic series with my daughter. I loved Freddy and his farm friends as a child and now so do my children. This is the first of the Freddy series and a great place to begin your own child's adventures with Freddy, Mrs. Wiggins and the Beans.
I used to read Freddie the pig books as a young girl. They are just as wonderful as I remember. I particularly liked it when the animals go to Washington and the senator noted Mister Bean farm animals are his constituents.
The Freddy books were written for children, but I'm acquainted with more than one adult - my son among them - who also enjoy these amusing tales. For several years we've given a Freddy book to our now 14 year old grandson for his birthday. He's always thrilled to receive another for his collection. I'm very happy that some of these books written so long ago have been republished and are available at amazon.
In 1955 I was eight, and the eldest of three brothers. My mother couldn't go to the grocery store with all of us so she'd drop me off at the children's room at the West Hartford, CT, public library, and pick me up on the way home. It was there that I discovered Freddy, and that pig spoke my language! It was Freddy, his wonderful compatriots on the Bean farm, and their fabulous adventures, that started me out right. Freddy Goes to Florida is the first of the series, and is where I recommend starting your own adventures with Freddy the Pig. Hats off to Overlook Press for re-publishing these books in their original look.