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Freddy the Politician Hardcover – October 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Freddy Books
  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Juvenile; First Thus edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585670804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585670802
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,907,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-Freddy the Pig books by Walter R. Brooks have gone in and out of print for the last 40 years, but he gets a new life with this recording about his time as a politician. Freddy and his farmyard friends on Mr. Bean's farm decide to start the First Animal Bank of Centerboro and the First Animal Republic to show how responsible they are while the Beans are on holiday in Europe. Some of the vocabulary is beyond the level of elementary students today, but by listening to the clear reading of the book, the words can be understood in context. Narrator John McDonough gives each animal a different voice and personality. Each tape is clearly labeled for the chapters included. The audio versions of Freddy the Detective, Freddy the Pilot, and Freddy Goes to the North Pole, also narrated by McDonough, are available from Recorded Books as well.
Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The American versions of the Pooh Books or The Wind in the Willows."
-The New York Times

"Freddy is blessed with courage, wit, agility and a Sherlock Holmes-like capacity for detective work."
-Newsday

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have read now seven or eight Freddy books with my six year old son. In terms of story and language, some have been very engaging and well written, and some not. Occasionally, these books have more sophisticated themes, and have introduced my son to new ideas such as the power of the press, and the justice system.
Freddy the Politician was one of these, and likely the most sophisticated (keeping in mind that we are dealing with books about talking farm animals) of the series. It was written during WWII, but well before the US became involved. This background is very apparent once the story hits its stride.
The animals decide to set up a bank, and then to form the First Animal Republic. In setting up the bank, they feel that it needs a sober and worldly president, so that it will be a credible institution. John Quincy Adams, a woodpecker visiting from Washington DC, seems to fill the bill and takes the position.
Soon, John Quincy has brought in his father, Grover, to run for president of the FAR, and sinister plans are afoot. The election has everything: manipulation of voters lists, ballot fraud, insincere election promises, pork barrel, you name it. When these fail to win him the election, Grover takes power by coup.
Overnight, he is arresting his political enemies, annexing the Sudetenland - I mean, the neighbouring farms, and seeking world domination.
How is that for a tense story line in a kids book?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Gosh. I don't see how anyone can give "Freddy the Politician" less than 5 stars. Freddy's "dropping in" to the board meeting at the bank -- Mrs. Wiggins' wonderful advice about the uses of laughter -- Bertram the robot going beserk and grabbing his own operator's tailfeathers -- it's all vintage Freddy. How great to have this classic back in print. Be sure to buy an extra for your local library when you buy one for yourself.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 9, 2000
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The best children's writers seem to forget they're "writing for kids" and just tell a story that's exciting, dreamy, funny, sad, realistic and/or fantastic. That's what Brooks did in "Freddy the Politician." The book appeared in 1939 and unmistakably reflects world events of the time, just as other Freddy books are flavored by the Depression and the Cold War. Fortunately, each book sustains the hilarious, lovable series characters, who are the author's lasting achievement. Other, better-known books like "Animal Farm" and "Charlotte's Web" are heavily in debt to Walter R. Brooks.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James K. Burk on July 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the earlier Freddy adventures, before Brooks had really hit his stride as a writer. In this book, the barnyard organizes an election and a woodpecker, who is a smooth talker, winds up almost controlling the Bean farm. As usual, there are morals aplenty without being preached at the reader, but, given the 1930s political background of this book (Huey Long and some other major players were obviously in Brooks' mind as he wrote this) I suspect adults will like it more than the kids, although my own children enjoyed it. From another author, this would've gotten at least four stars, but Brooks raises the standard.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ralph White on November 26, 2004
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When the Beans leave for an extended trip to Europe, it's up to the animals to run the farm themselves. They start up The First Animal Bank of Centerboro, teaching themselves what banks are all about in the process. Then they decide to start up the First Animal Republic, and to elect a president. Interestingly one of the candidates is an outsider, blown in by an ill wind. Of all the animals Brooks might have chosen for this role, it's a woodpecker! And from Washington DC, no less! Have to love it. This woodpecker says he knows better than the locals what's good for them, and starts using dirty tricks to win the election. The local candidate is Mrs. Wiggins, the cow. Our favorite pig, Freddy, is her campaign manager, and there is so much trickery on both sides that we don't know whether to laugh or cry. As usual, there are lots of lessons for the careful reader to learn. These animals are so very like us.
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