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Freddy the Politician Hardcover – October 1, 2000

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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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Praise for Freddy the Pig:

"Freddy's readers have called him a porcine prince... Walter R. Brook's gentle genius shines even brighter."--Nicholas Kristoff, The New York Times

"At my funeral, in lieu of flowers, I'd prefer that people give money to the Friends of Freddy fan club."--Deirdre Donahue, USA Today

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

"Freddy's fame is growing--just not on his home turf. With that in mind, we suggest you find one of the books. After a few pages, guaranteed, you'll be proud he's our pig."-- Syracuse Post Standard

"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

"[Walter Brooks'] prose was simple but elegant, without being dumbed down, and that the characters weren't plaster saints. Freddy was a bit lazy, a little vain, and not much of a house--uh, penkeeper. But the spirit of the stories was like the spirit of the Bean Farm's animals--kind, amiable, and clever."--The American Culture Blog --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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7 of 9 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mimbelina on September 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Brooks, Walter R.
Children's Fiction

Animals are responsible, too! At least, the animals of Mr. Bean's farm are and they are eager to prove their ability to run the farm in Mr. Bean's coming absence on a trip to Europe. To show their competence, Freddy and his friends band together to form the First Animal Bank and then to organize the First Animal Republic. As any good citizen knows, a good republic needs a good leader! Who among the farm animals will be a good president? It's a hotly debated topic and one that turns ugly when power-hungry newcomers to the farm, John Quincy Adams and Grover the woodpeckers, are nominated. With some ugly subversive tactics, the woodpeckers and their rat and bird friends succeed in overtaking the bank and establishing a dictatorship that extends far past the boundaries of the Bean farm. It's up to Freddy, John the fox and the other upright citizens of the county to save their farm and restore peace and harmony to the nation. Will they succeed? Or will the evil woodpecker dictators destroy the quiet life they've enjoyed forever?

This book was a great addition to the Freddy series and it teaches some wonderful lessons about politics and responsibility, all with a light touch that will go over well with young and old readers alike. Freddy's creativity shines once again, and I found myself laughing at his antics and at the calamities in which he finds himself. Great read!
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