Candlewick Press, $14.99, 83 pages
The Daisy Dawson series has been a wonderful addition to the material available to kids who are ready to read chapter books. In Daisy Dawson and the Big Freeze, the third book in the series, Daisy enjoys all that winter has to offer. Author Steve Voake breaks the story into six chapters which are paired with wonderful pencil line drawings by illustrator Jessica Meserve.
In case you haven’t read the other books, you should know that Daisy is a normal little girl in every way but one…she can talk to animals. These conversations are hilarious. This winter is filled with snow. Daisy doesn’t mind because she has plenty to do around the farm. Children will love meeting the newborn lambs. Daisy’s favorite is Woolverton. He’ll probably be your favorite, too. He is very curious about life outside the farm. He leaves and gets lost in the woods. Daisy uses her ability to speak to animals to get clues. She finds out that he is down by the river. The animals find him and celebrate by serenading Daisy from below her bedroom window. Daisy learns an important lesson. When someone is lost, you can help them find their way home.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin