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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 ...
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!
Posted June 30, 2013
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.