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Flickertail & Paint, Barnyard Sleuths

1 rating: 2.0
A book by Mary Russel

Flickertail the llama & Paint the horse are peace keepers and peace lovers. They understand the value of teamwork, love, and friendship. They believe in helping others. Join them in the fun and antics as they solve various barnyard mysteries and help … see full wiki

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Author: Mary Russel
Publisher: PublishAmerica
1 review about Flickertail & Paint, Barnyard Sleuths

A fun collection of children's tales with facts and flights of fancy

  • May 28, 2010
Rating:
+2
I like the way Mary has collected her Flickertail and Paint, Barnyard Sleuths stories, starting with Flickertail the llama alone; then the internet conversations where horse and llama meet. The gentle mysteries, humorous tales and delightful puns jump off the page. And soon the investigators are traveling the world, to Bolivia, Scotland and Ireland. Months and seasons move on to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and there we "leave the case to the courts" and await the sequel.

Cookie and Coco the dogs discuss sports and snacks. Grey Ghost GG the cat hides in dark shadows. Wilma's flying cows play their own mysterious part, and William the turkey takes refuge in secret passages. Well-researched facts about horses in World War I, Bolivian llamas and the ladybird provide excellent reasons to share these tales with a child. And the judicious use of well-placed complex words in simple sentences increases the allure. The black and white photos in the center of the book give a comfortable, family feel to the stories, adding to the attraction.

My own children are too old for this book, but I'm never too old for fanciful puns and gentle humor. A neat collection, and I'm proud to consider myself one of the internet friends thanked in the dedication.

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