Thursday, July 18, 2024
Free Range Freddy

Free Range Freddy

by Mark Warner
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A new egg is ready to hatch, and the chickens all think they know what to expect. But when Freddy bursts from his shell with a multi-coloured explosion, it’s clear he’s not like ANY other chick they know!

Join Free-Range Freddy as he turns the farmyard upside-down and shows the other hens just how egg-citing life can be if you only look at it a little differently…


  • Look at the cover of the book (and read the blurb). What do you think the story might be about? Who is Freddy and why is he ‘Free Range’?
  • Make a list of all the rhyming words in the book. Can you think of other words that rhyme with these?
  • Retell the story in the first person, from Freddy’s (or his mum’s) point of view.
  • ‘Cluck’ and ‘Squawk’ are examples of onomatopoeia. Can you think of any other examples? Make a poster to teach others about this topic.
  • Write your own story about an unusual chick who pops out of an egg.
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles to accompany the illustrations at different points. What might the characters be thinking? How are they feeling?
  • Make a character profile of Freddy, adding words and phrases used to describe him in the book (bulbous eyes, wonky wings, wild chick). Can you think of other descriptions?
  • Write a newspaper article about the arrival of a wild chick on the farm.
  • Write a recount of the arrival of Freddy from the point of view of another animal.
  • Summarise the story into six / eight / ten sentences. Write each sentence on a separate piece of paper and challenge a friend to sequence them.
  • Write a diary entry for Freddy on the day he broke out of his egg. Write another entry for the last day of this story. How has his situation changed? How might he feel about this?


  • Write a report about chickens.
  • Learn about the life cycle of a chicken. How could you teach this information to a friend?


  • Create an animation of a wild, dancing chicken.
  • Design a game in which a chick has to move around a farm collecting eggs.
  • Use publishing / graphics tools to design a new cover for the book.

Design Technology:

  • Create a model of a multi-coloured Freddy.
  • Design a home that Freddy will enjoy living in.
  • Design a machine to help look after the chickens on a farm.


  • Create some illustrations of animals that are unusual colours.
  • Create collages / paintings that compare a ‘normal’ chick with Free-Range Freddy.
  • Retell the story in the form of a comic strip.


  • Compose a song that Freddy might enjoy.
  • Retell the story and accompany your narration with music and sound effects.


  • Make a map of the farm and add labels to show the different parts.
  • Learn about different types of farms and the different tasks that farmers have to complete.
  • Can you find any farms near where you live? If you could visit one of them, plan a journey there.
  • What does ‘free range’ mean? What types of animals / farming does it apply to?


  • Find out about the history of farming. How have farms (and the tools they use) changed over time?


  • Can you learn the names of different farm animals in other languages?


  • At first, Freddy does not fit in with the other animals on the farm. Can you think of a time when you (or somebody else) didn’t fit in? How could you help somebody who might feel like they are being excluded?
  • The final part of the book says, “But we’re all a little wild sometimes. And guess what? That’s OK.” What does this mean?

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