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The barnyard animals are tired of being cold in the winter. Since Farmer Bean doesn't have enough money to patch the holes in the barn or heat the chicken coop, they are migrating to Florida for the winter.Travelling to the beat of Freddy the pig's funny songs, they meet with one adventure after another. They find gold treasure to take home to Farmer Bean in the spring. Florida is fun, except for the time when alligators try to eat them for lunch. Only Freddy's cleverness lets them escape with their lives. Writing during the first half of the 20th century, Walter R. Brooks captured the idyllic America that disappeared with the 1950s. Fans remember him as the creator of Mr. Ed, the talking horse of television fame. His tour-de-force was his set of 26 Freddy books, all espousing the values that people still want for their children: loyalty, sharing, and forgiveness. John McDonough's delightful voice captures the humor and genius of this timeless creation.
©1976 Dorothy R. Brooks; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
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By Veronica on 09-21-10

Good clean fun for kids; not bad for adults either

This is a story I remember from my childhood, and I have to admit that I still love this series. I was thrilled to find it on audiobook, so my son could listen to them as he fell asleep. This is an old series; I believe this was the first book, written circa 1928 about animals on a farm that learn to talk. They decide they don't like the cold of upstate New York, so they will take a trip to Florida. I love the personalities of the animals, and how they talk to eachother. I also liked the chance to explain to my son about life "back then", when walking to Florida meant walking on roads, not getting on the interstate! Not everyone owns a car, and an alarm clock works by winding it.

There is enough action in this book to keep the older children satisfied, but the narration is calm enough for younger children to listen to.

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