Monday, June 13, 2011

Freddy's Day at the Races by Susan Chalker Browne

Freddy's Day at the RacesFreddy's Day at the Races, written by Susan Chalker Browne and illustrated by Hilda Rose, is one in a series of Freddy adventures.  In this book Freddy, dressed in a pirate costume, is off with his mother to spend the day enjoying the annual Royal St. John's Regatta.  When the arrive at Quidi Vidi Lake Freddy takes off running and his mother has to chase him all around the concessions ground before she finally catches up with him.  Sprinkled throughout the book are historical facts regarding the races and the city.

The Regatta is an actual event that takes places in St. John's but I don't think I've ever actually attended it.  Anna really enjoyed this book when we read it a while back and we've decided that we're going to try to get into the city to attend the regatta this year to see some of the things that we learned about while Freddy's mother was chasing him across the grounds.

This is the fourth book that I've featured by Susan Chalker Browne, the first being At Ocean's Edge, the second Marconi's Secret, and the third The Amazing Adventures of Captain Bob Bartlett.  This book is quite different from the others.  The others are small chapter books while this one is more like a picture book.

This is the second book that I've featured that was illustrated by Hilda Rose, the first being What if Your Mom Made Raisin Buns.  The illustrations are definitely part of the appeal of this book.

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