Skip to main content

Escape from Silverstreet Farm by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Katharine McEwen, 65 pp, RL 2





Silver Street Farm is a new series of chapter books from Nicola Davies, zoologist and prolific author, and is illustrated by Katherine McEwen. In the first book in the series, Welcome to Silver Street Farm, meet Meera, Gemma and Karl who bond over their love of farm animals and having a farm of their own when they meet at the toy corner in kindergarten. On the last day of elementary school the trio of friends transform a an old, unused train station and out buildings into an urban farm in the middle of the city of Lonchester. Despite the land owner who wants to raze it and turn it into a parking structure, the activism of the three friends garners community support and wins out in the end. Flora MacDonald, a young farmer from Scotland who aids the children in the transformation the train station into a farm, agrees to run it, never forgetting that the Silver Street Farm is their dream. The signal box becomes a chicken coop, two poodle puppies bought by Karl's aunt turn out to be pedigree Shetland lambs and seemingly rotten eggs that hatch into ducklings are among the animals that Flora and the kids tend to.

When Escape from Silver Street Farm begins, it's December 23, the day before the official opening of the farm to the public, and things aren't going quite as planned. Bitzi and Bobo, the sheep, have gone missing and all the turkeys have escaped. Karl and Flora put a harness around Kenelottle Mossworthy Merridale of Morrayside, otherwise known as Kenny the ram, and hope that he will lead them to the missing ewes. Meanwhile, Gemma and Meera begin investigating the hole in the fence and a nearby tunnel leading to the main street of town, arousing their suspicions that a turkey rustler might be at work. Things get crazy when the ewes wander into a grocery store and the turkeys are found huddled inside of a bounce house shaped like a castle (with a baby inside, knocked out of his stroller and into the bounce house by a freak gale) that is about to go over the Marston Park overflow dam! Used to the hard work of running a farm, Meera, Gemma and Karl work just as hard to bring home their animals, all the while trying to think of the perfect Christmas present for Flora. Welcome to Silver Street Farm ends with Sashi, the young reporter from Cosmic TV saying, "Silver Street magic strikes again! I can't wait to see what next year will bring!" I can't wait either!


Books 1 in the Silver Street Farm Series:





 Silver Street Farm books coming soon . . .





More books by Nicola Davies reviewed at books4yourkids.com:



For the five and under crowd:


Who's Like Me? and What Will I Be?


Who Lives Here ? and What Happens Next?




Outside Your Window : A First Book of Nature



For everyone or seven and up as a read-alone don't miss this series of fantastic non-fiction books, including Just the Right Size and Talk, Talk, Squawk!, reviewed here.











Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff - Projects You Can Build For (and With) Kids! by Scott Bedford

On his personal website, Scott Bedforddescribes himself as an "Award Winning Online Creative Professional" working within the advertising and design industry. What is more interesting (and applicable here) is how hisWhat I Made website came to be. While sitting in a Starbucks with his restless young sons, trying to enjoy his latte, Bedford created something out of coffee stir sticks that ended up keeping his boys entertained, finishing his coffee in peace and sparking (re-sparking, really) his creative drive and reminding him of the "enormous joy gained from making things, even simple things, and that this joy is not the complexity or quality of the finished project but in the process of making itself. On Bedford'sWhat I Made website, he even shares Six Cool Coffee Shop Crafts for Kidsthat you can try out next time you want to enjoy your coffee and your kids are making that difficult. I've shared two below - be sure to check out the website and see the rest!

Be…

POP-UP: Everything You Need to Know to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book, paper engineering by Ruth Wickings, illustrations by Frances Castle RL: All ages

POP-UP:  Everything You Need to Know to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book with paper engineering by Ruth Wickings and illustrations by Frances Castle is THE COOLEST BOOK EVER!!!  I know that I haven't dedicated much time to pop-up books here, but they have always held a special place in my heart, and the phrase "paper engineering" is a favorite of mine. Although I didn't know what it was at the time, I did go through a paper engineering phase when I was ten or so. I would sneak off to the back of the classroom during independent work periods and go to town on the construction paper and glue and make these little free-standing dioramas. A huge fan of The Muppet Show (the original), I reconstructed the all-baby orchestra from an episode, drawing and coloring each baby and his/her instrument then gluing them onto a 3D orchestra section I had crafted out of brown construction paper.  I also made a 3D version of Snidely Whiplash throwing Nell off a cliff with Dudley Do-Right wa…

How to Choose Age Appropriate Books for Advanced Readers

How to Choose Age Appropriate Books for Advanced Readers remains the most read post on my blog since I wrote it in 2012. Because of this, I have cleaned up this post, tightened the writing and added in any pertinent information that has come about since it originally ran. When I first started books4yourkids.com in August of 2008, I was scrambling for content, finding my purpose and my voice and not always doing my best writing. How to Choose Age Appropriate Books for Advanced Readers was one of the first articles I wrote and, as a bookseller and a book reviewer, and now as an elementary school librarian where I have gone from working with kids reading well beyond their grade level to kids reading well below, this philosophy remains my organizing principle and central focus when reading and recommending books to parents and children. 

In the interest of my mission and the attention this article continues to receive, I have updated and expanded this article and included a guide to using …