The Farm Team

Overview

For fifty years the animals on Stolski's farm have played their hearts out for the Stolski Cup -- the dream of every hockey team all over the northland. And every year the Farm Team has lost to the nastiest, smelliest, snarlingest bunch of varmints ever to don skates -- the Bush League Bandits.? As soon as the puck drops for this year's playoff game, the Bandits, playing as dirty as ever, take an early lead. A Bandit porcupine named Needles starts ramming Farm Team players, while the weasels slash and spear. But ...
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Overview

For fifty years the animals on Stolski's farm have played their hearts out for the Stolski Cup -- the dream of every hockey team all over the northland. And every year the Farm Team has lost to the nastiest, smelliest, snarlingest bunch of varmints ever to don skates -- the Bush League Bandits.? As soon as the puck drops for this year's playoff game, the Bandits, playing as dirty as ever, take an early lead. A Bandit porcupine named Needles starts ramming Farm Team players, while the weasels slash and spear. But the Farm Team's goalie Big George blocks some tough shots, while Billy the goat and Vera the goose net three goals to tie things up. Then the Bandits bring in a bruiser of a substitute player so big and mean that these plucky underdogs could be in for a serious mauling. From the award-winning team of Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin and packed with on-ice action and laughs, this is the picture book hockey fans of every age have been waiting for.
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Bailey’s story reads aloud well, while Slavin’s artwork captures its drama and humor in a series of action-filled acrylic paintings? Every child who has watched a bigger, brawnier opposing team take the field will feel for the plucky Farm Team.

Bailey’s story reads aloud well, while Slavin’s artwork captures its drama and humor in a series of action-filled acrylic paintings? Every child who has watched a bigger, brawnier opposing team take the field will feel for the plucky Farm Team.

A sassy, well-crafted story? the mostly full-page illustrations are packed with little details that will amuse children and adults alike, ? Bailey and Slavin have produced a gem of a picture book that will remain popular for as long as hockey underdogs continue to compete for Lord Stanley’s famed cup.

A sassy, well-crafted story? the mostly full-page illustrations are packed with little details that will amuse children and adults alike, ? Bailey and Slavin have produced a gem of a picture book that will remain popular for as long as hockey underdogs continue to compete for Lord Stanley’s famed cup.

Slavin’s goofy acrylics playfully realize the joyful mayhem of shinny, and Bailey’s story gets the competitive burn just right, even if for a bunch of chickens, sheep and piglets.

Slavin’s goofy acrylics playfully realize the joyful mayhem of shinny, and Bailey’s story gets the competitive burn just right, even if for a bunch of chickens, sheep and piglets.

The surprise ending will bring cheers form the crowd as they ask for repeated readings.

The surprise ending will bring cheers form the crowd as they ask for repeated readings.

Young hockey fans will be thrilled with this offering, which will appeal to sports fans and animal lovers in kindergarten through second grade, as well as the adults who read aloud to them.

Young hockey fans will be thrilled with this offering, which will appeal to sports fans and animal lovers in kindergarten through second grade, as well as the adults who read aloud to them.

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
At Farmer Stolski's farm, winter seems to last forever and there is only one good thing about it: hockey. The animals love hockey and all share the same dream—winning the Stolski Cup. For fifty years the Farm Team has tried and failed to win the big game against the Bush League Bandits. This year the Farm Team has practiced harder than ever, but the cows are too big, the piglets are too small, and the chickens are hopeless. Still, the team has heart and hope as the big game begins. The Bandits are a bunch of big, smelly, mangy varmints who turn out to play as dirty as they look. But a bunch of unlikely Farm Team players end up in the game, including Betty the cow, Mariette the chicken, and Little Pete the piglet. Can they compete when the Bandits put in a grizzly bear as goalie? Slavin's lively, colorful illustrations take readers along as the characters learn the importance of belief and teamwork.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this rollicking tale, a hockey team made up of pigs, ducks, and cows takes on the Bush League Bandits, creatures from the wild who have "claws on their fangs and fangs on their claws." Slavin's cartoon illustrations, rendered in acrylics, move the story rapidly along. The game gets downright nasty as Needles the porcupine purposely crashes into the goalie, played by Big George the pig wrapped up in bundles of hay for protection, and knocks him out of the game. Not to be discouraged, the Farm Team replaces its goalie with Betty, a cow who is young and solid and fills most of the net standing sideways, only to be outshone by the Bush League placing a grizzly bear in their goal with his hindquarters nearly filling an expansive spread. The surprise ending will bring cheers from the crowd as they ask for repeated readings.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Bailey’s story reads aloud well, while Slavin’s artwork captures its drama and humor in a series of action-filled acrylic paintings? Every child who has watched a bigger, brawnier opposing team take the field will feel for the plucky Farm Team.
Quill & Quire Starred Review
A sassy, well-crafted story? the mostly full-page illustrations are packed with little details that will amuse children and adults alike, ? Bailey and Slavin have produced a gem of a picture book that will remain popular for as long as hockey underdogs continue to compete for Lord Stanley’s famed cup.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554533176
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,023,551
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Bailey is an award-winning author of many books for children, including Goodnight Sweet Pig, Stanley's Party, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and the Good Times Travel Agency series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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