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Freddy The Detective

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Freddy the Detective
Inspired by a book he found, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Freddy and his new partner, Mrs. Wiggins the cow, set up a detective agency in the barn. While Freddy supplies the imagination, Mrs. Wiggins provides the common sense. Freddy the Detective was one of our favorites in the series -- one that the kids read and reread throughout the years.
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Freddy the Pig
The first twenty years of momhood meant evenings with a read-aloud book and a roomful of captivated kids. Years later, as we reminisce, there are just a handful of series that we continue to rave about, and Freddy the Pig is right at the top.

Written by Walter Brooks, who grew up in the farm country of central New York, the Freddy the Pig series made its debut in 1927. This resourceful talking pig, who coincidentally also lives on a central New York State farm, gets into a number of scrapes with similarly remarkable animals; Jinx, a cynical black cat; a literally and figuratively henpecked rooster named Charles; Alice and Emma, spinster-sister ducks; and Mrs. Wiggins, a good-natured cow with a bit more commonsense than the honest, but sometimes lazy, Freddy.

Unlike the shockingly crass series that are all too readily available to children at every turn, Freddy the Pig books embrace wholesome humor and family values typical of the culture and mores of rural United States from 1927 to 1958. Although the farm setting gives it a certain timelessness, the stories do reflect the social conditions at the time of writing; the books published during WWII have scrap drives and victory gardens.

If your children have outgrown the adventures of Pooh, but you shudder to expose them to reality-reading, consider the gentle humor and wholesome (but not browbeating) moral lessons in these books. Through mystery, adventure, philosophy, wit, courage, and duty, the Freddy the Pig books teach families the value of persistence, friendship, loyalty, and the acceptance of the weaknesses of others. Highly recommended as a read-aloud for anyone over the age of five, or for readers nine to twelve years old.

Praise for Freddy
The American version of great English classics, such as the Pooh books or The Wind in the Willows."
-The New York Times Book Review

"...funny beautifully written gems...my very favorite books when I was in elementary school."
- Nicholas Kristof - The New York Times

"Freddy is simply one of the greatest characters in children's literature!"
- School Library Journal

Publisher's Information
Author: Walter R Brooks
Pages: 264
Binding: Soft
Copyright: 1932,1960,1997
ISBN: 9781590204184
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Printed In: USA

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

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Great book for reading aloud! June 2, 2012
Reviewer: MissTracey  
This was a really fun book to read aloud. The barnyard animals all converse with each other, and Freddy is quite a pig! We used different voices for the different animals and had a lot of fun. There are some natural stopping points (in addition to chapters) if you want to pause and go to something else for a time, but there is also a lot of suspense through some sections! I think a seven or eight year old who was a really good reader could read this independently, or an average nine to twelve year old. I really liked the setting - on a farm in rural New York in the first half of the century. It gave us some good opportunties to think about different times.

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We love Freddy! June 1, 2012
Reviewer: Bev  
The Freddy the Pig series are some of our favorite family read alouds. The stories are interesting enough to engage the adult who is reading, and fun, fun, fun for the kids. The writing style is mature, the vocabulary is mature - not what you'd expect from a book about a pig and other barnyard animals. The stories highlight good character qualities without being at all preachy. These are no ordinary kids' books - this is excellent writing at its most fun! These are books my husband enjoys reading aloud to the kids!

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We love Freddy! May 31, 2012
Reviewer: Julie  
My seven year old daughter has some reading disabilities and trying to find books that we can work through with words and exciting plots is a challenge to find. I decided to get Freddy the Detective for her curriculum for next year, and yet we have already read the book twice since we got it. We love the story and words, such as "certainly", that do not seem to be in kids books these days. All four of my kids have loved reading this book as a family, and watching my seven year old looking through it by herself has truly made me gad I purchased this. It is a classic I highly recommend.

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