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Posted June 9, 2012
I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the Animalations bo
I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the Animalations book, “Farley the Ferret of Farkleberry Farm”. This children’s book is beautifully illustrated, is set to a rhythmic melody, and all while addressing the issue of droughts and how they affect farmers’ crops. A drought has caused the boysenberry crops not to grow at Farkleberry Farm, which means that there is no boysenberry jam to take to the County Fair. Farley the Ferret takes matters into his own hands, by bringing in children to help him dance around the boysenberry vines. The dancing seems to have inspired nature to make it rain, causing the boysenberry vines to grow! Thanks to Farley the Ferret and his friends, there is boysenberry jam to take to the County Fair! This is a heartwarming story that recognizes the issues that farmers face, and that children will love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2012
Farley isn¿t your typical ferret!
Farley isn’t your typical ferret that stays in a cage and sleeps the day away. Far from it! All of the farm animals and farmer Finley cannot wait for the start of the county fair. Without rain, however, fresh jam and bread for the children at the fair cannot be produced. Farley won’t have it! He takes the initiative to round up all of the town’s children to come up with some sort of plan to get the desperately needed water. As the children silently wish to themselves for rain, what appears to be a miracle happens!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2012
A wonderfully resourceful ferret
This is a fun book that makes good use of alliteration with the letter “F,” and that is perhaps the most literary value of its poetry, which is fine. It’s a children’s book - the lyrics do not need to be exceedingly intelligent or complex, but it is nice for the adult reader - most of us have been reading books and watching TV shows with our kids that have little meaning to us. If this book is chosen by your kid as a book that must be read nightly for months (which it could be), it may be one of those books that grind on you after a while.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I did give the book five starts. I did this because the music and the story are both good, and it has an uplifting, positive message. Farley the Ferret lives on a farm, and he wants to share his boysenberry jam with kids at the fair. Unfortunately, there is a drought but with some hard work, persistence, and innovation, Farley is able to have a wonderful time at the fair with his jam. As an educational tool, this book achieves its purpose beautifully. As a book that parents must read to their kids every night, it’s good but lacking in the subtle complexities that keep adults mentally aware during reading time.
Posted May 14, 2012
Friendly Ferret Saves the Day! Farley the Ferret lives with Farm
Friendly Ferret Saves the Day!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Farley the Ferret lives with Farmer Finley, who makes boysenberry jam for the fair each year. When a drought threatens the boysenberry crop, Farley enlists the help of local children for a rain dance.
Your child will love watching Farley and his friends save the day. The adorable graphics and music will quickly engage and entertain both pre-school and elementary school kids.
There are lots of books out there. I have several bookcases of
There are lots of books out there. I have several bookcases of them just for my children. Still, I always seem to find room for more, and Patricia Derrick’s books will certainly be a part of my collection!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Farley the Ferret is a charming little story about altruism. Farley gathers up the farm animals to see if they can help Farmer Finley when the drought comes. The children show up to help by dancing and saying “silent wishes in their minds”. When the rain finally comes they all enjoy jams and breads at the fair. The illustrations are really cute. My boys loved the pictures of the jams spread all over the kid’s faces. The song is folksy – just as it should be in a farm book for children. This is a great book and I would highly recommend it. It teaches, in a subtle way, that it pays to be helpful with no regard for what you might get out of it for yourself. We live in the country for exactly that reason – the neighbors really do show up to help.