Fern Valley: A Collection of Short Stories

 
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Fern Valley: A Collection of Short Stories
Age Range
10+
Release Date
March 01, 2011
ISBN
1617395277
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Follow the adventures of delightful young farm animals who are just like you. Fern Valley is home to a group of wonderful animals who have fun and face some of the same problems children everywhere do. Roberta and Mildred Cornstalk are creative chickens dealing with the loss of their beloved granny, and they're looking for something to do to cheer them up. Want to know what adventures they find? Want to know what happens to Roberta and Mildred's brother, Edward, when he goes fishing, what birthday surprise is in store for Betsy Woolrich, or what lesson Kimmy Curlytail learns when she keeps something that isn't hers? Then follow this endearing cast of characters as they enjoy their time together and learn important lessons. A perfect addition for any child's personal library and a joy for families to share, Fern Valley is a collection to be treasured for many years to come.

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Since I'm an animal lover, I was intrigued by Aileen Stewart's short stories using different animals as her characters in Fern Valley. I thought she cleverly named the characters so that a child could easily identify the animal. I particularly liked Kimmy Curlytail, the pig, and Betsy Woolrich, the lamb. The author did an excellent job of telling fun stories that depict situations and trials that children face growing up today, while weaving conscience, consequences, and morals into the plots as well. There are lessons children can learn, such as what happens when they desire to keep something that doesn't belong to them, and how they have a responsibility to work to help earn something they want badly. I think it would be fun as well as beneficial for children to have Fern Valley in their library, particularly those old enough to read for themselves and enjoy the adorable illustrations.
Linda Robinson, author of When Love Abounds
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