Escape from Silver Street Farm

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Some of the key animals go AWOL just before Silver Street’s opening celebration in the second adventure about the city farm run by kids.

It’s opening day at Silver Street Farm, and Meera, Gemma, and Karl are very excited. Everything is going to plan until the star attractions — the turkeys — go missing along with Bobo and Bitzi, the Silver Street sheep. It takes a lot of detective work (and the enlistment of a pushy ram named Kenny), but the children finally track down the ...

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Overview

Some of the key animals go AWOL just before Silver Street’s opening celebration in the second adventure about the city farm run by kids.

It’s opening day at Silver Street Farm, and Meera, Gemma, and Karl are very excited. Everything is going to plan until the star attractions — the turkeys — go missing along with Bobo and Bitzi, the Silver Street sheep. It takes a lot of detective work (and the enlistment of a pushy ram named Kenny), but the children finally track down the escapees and find the culprits. What they discover are two very surprising turkey rustlers indeed!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Three friends, Meera, Karl, and Gemma, return with another adventure from the "Silver Street Farm" series about a farm in the middle of the city of Lonchester. The trio are preparing for the grand opening of the farm when they discover that the sheep and turkeys have disappeared. Meera, Karl, and Gemma along with Flora (the Scottish farmer who runs the farm) search for the animals. The sheep venture into a grocery store in town. Meanwhile, the turkeys are mixed-up with a bouncy castle in the overflow dam; their eventual rescue brings another surprise. The three friends deal with turkey rustlers who have created the hole in the fence. Readers will find a map of the farm and an illustration with each chapter heading. There are many names (of the people and farm animal characters) to follow in the story. Observant readers will notice that Meera and Gemma's description and illustration do not match in the story. Based on the text, Meera tears the seat of her jeans as she tracks the missing livestock. However, Meera (the shorter of the two girls) wears a top and skirt based on the pictures; Gemma, the taller one, wears jeans. Follow the different footprints of this entertaining story. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Davies weaves a richly imaginative and well-written story for emerging readers about three animal-loving friends with a couple of sticky situations on their hands. Gemma, Meera, and Karl are busily preparing for the grand opening of Silver Street Farm, an animal sanctuary built in the remains of an old train station. But preparations grind to a halt when the sheep escape and a frantic search ensues. As if wayward sheep weren't enough, turkey shenanigans (in the form of possible turkey thieves and a flyaway bouncy castle) add further chaos to the mix. In the end, all of the animals are returned safely to the farm, and everyone celebrates with a lovely grand-opening party. A clever story with a unique setting, this book is an ideal selection for children who are starting to tackle chapter books independently. The writing is spirited and lovely: "In the rich morning light… the turkeys shone like copper, their red wattles as bright as holly berries…. Even the browns and grays and reds of the goats and chickens looked like silk embroidery." Charming black-and-white illustrations at the head of each chapter add to the inviting feel of the book. The image of the sheep entering the sliding doors of the grocery store is especially entertaining.—Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763661335
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Series: Silver Street Farm Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,459,471
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicola Davies has a degree in zoology and is the author of many nonfiction books for young readers, including Poop and Just the Right Size, both illustrated by Neal Layton, and the poetry volume Outside Your Window, illustrated by Mark Hearld. The Silver Street Farm stories mark her short-fiction series debut. Nicola Davies lives in Wales.

Katharine McEwen has illustrated more than twenty-five books, including Allan Ahlberg’s The Children Who Smelled a Rat and Phyllis Root’s Here Comes Tabby Cat and Hey, Tabby Cat! Katharine McEwen lives in England.

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

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    In Escape from Silver Street Farm of the Silver Street Farm seri

    In Escape from Silver Street Farm of the Silver Street Farm series of books, the children are actively engaged with farmer Flora and their farm which is located in the city. A farm in a city is unheard of but actually fits quite well the active imagination of the young reader. On the farm, they have sheep and turkeys which escape from within the confines of the fences that are set to house them in this unreal cityscape.

    Once the animals escape the children begin trying to figure out how they escaped, who helped the animals escape, how to recapture them, and how to protect them from going over the dam. Deduction. Pursuit. Resolution are all part of the children's activties in the story.

    As a young child progresses in his/her reading skills, they venture into the reading world of chapter books. The Silver Street Farm series of books make early chapter book reading appealing and doable. The books are relatively short in total number of pages . The chapters are short so as not to tire the young reader. The illustrations throughout the book keep the reader's mind engaged and helps them to visualize the characters and events.

    The story shows adults and children working together in the community and on the project. It engages the American child in a bit of British literature since the author is British. And there is a touch of multicultural activity with Meera and family's Indian sweet treats.

    I recommend this series to libraries and young readers.

    DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Escape from Silver Street Farm from Candlewick Press in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was received for writing this review. Opinions are solely those of the reviewer. The giveaway copy is provided compliments of Candlewick Press and will be shipped directly to the winner.

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