Results of the Friends of Freddy Mail List Survey

This Report Appears Courtesy of the
Statistical Research Department of EHA Industries

© 2003 EHA Industries Surveys™. All rights reserved.



• Part One: Favorite and Least Favorite Titles •
Title
# Votes as Favorite
# Votes as
Least Favorite
Freddy Goes to Florida 3 2
Freddy Goes to the North Pole 1 7
Freddy the Detective 5 0
The Story of Freginald 2 1
The Clockwork Twin 3 4
Freddy the Politician 5 0
Freddy's Cousin Weedly 0 0
Freddy and the Ignormus 5 0
Freddy and the Perilous Adventure 0 0
Freddy and the Bean Home News 1 0
Freddy and Mr. Camphor 1 0
Freddy and the Popinjay 0 0
Freddy the Pied Piper 1 2
Freddy the Magician 1 1
Freddy Goes Camping 3 0
Freddy Plays Football 0 2
Freddy the Cowboy 0 0
Freddy Rides Again 0 0
Freddy the Pilot 2 0
The Collected Poems of Freddy the Pig 0 8
Freddy and the Space Ship 0 0
Freddy and the Men from Mars 0 0
Freddy and the Baseball Team from Mars 0 2
Freddy and Simon the Dictator 0 0
Freddy and the Flying Saucer Plans 0 0
Freddy and the Dragon 0 4

Part Two: Character Preferences •
Favorite Good Guy
# of Mentions
Favorite Bad Guy
# of Mentions
Freddy 12 Simon 12
Jinx 9 Herb Garble 8
Mrs. Wiggins 3 Mr. Anderson 3
Old Whibley 2 The Bismuths 3

Uncle Solomon

2 Mr. Condiment 2
Ollie Groper 1 Mr. Doty 1
Hank 1 Percy 1
The Martians 1 Uncle Wesley 1
The Sheriff 1 Zero 1
Uncle Ben 1 Zingo 1

Part Three: Favorite Freddy Disguises and Get-ups

Freddy as a camper

Any cross dressing

Sailor

Freddy as an old woman

Irish washerwoman

Old Irish lady

The Irish woman

Marshall Groper ("Magician")

Little old Irish woman

Plaid suit

The best one is in "Freddy and the Baseball Team from Mars."

Old lady

Old cleaning woman in Politician

Banker

Scarecrow in Perilous Adventure

Gypsy woman

His alter ego in "Freddy the Cowboy" -- The something kid, I believe.

Freddy's disguise as the sheriff's nephew, Longfellow Higgins -- that would be the antique sailor suit that had belonged to Mr. Bean when he was a child.(BEAN HOME NEWS)

Old Irish woman

In Freddy the Pilot as Rosa Del Pardo

May I step slightly out of the category and nominate Mrs. Wiggins as the Demon Woman of Grisly Gulch

Fortune teller

Old Irish lady

The old Irish lady

The cowboy, can't you just image those trotters in cowboy boots?

Part Four: Favorite Freddy Illustrations

Freddy and Mr. Camphor walking through the woods by lantern light

Anything with Mrs. Wiggins

All

Freddy writing with a pen

End papers of Weedly

The mice riding on Mrs. Wiggins' back

Utterly impossible to say, but I'll try. Maybe Freddy squirting Cal Flint in "Cowboy."

Any and all

Cowboy picture with Cy, Jinx and the goat

I like the endpapers in "Freddy and Mr. Camphor."

In Cowboy

The joust in Popinjay

Cover of Freddy and the Dragon

Freddy on Mr. Bean's lap (PERILOUS ADVENTURE, p. 237)

Jinx and the squirrel

Cover of Freddy and the Flying Saucer Plans

The Bean animals in Florida swimming at the seaside.

Wiese

I love the cover of Florida. The animals' faces are priceless

Part Five: Lessons from the Freddy Books & Reasons to Recommend Them
I've learned about the same things as everyone else who reads the series--the positive effects of friendship, loyalty, honesty, and bravery.

To laugh and keep laughing

How much fun it was to read

Freddy's good humor, imagination, kindness, and integrity always stand out. I'd recommend them because they are fun to read, have great characters, lots of good humor, and don't insult the reader's intelligence.

Many things. I guess the best is how things look differently in different circumstances. You are not afraid in the sunshine, but scared in the big Woods.

I have been buying the reprints of this series for my grandchildren. I recommend them because these books combine humor with excellent plots in proving that you don't have to be a super hero or bigger than life in the effort for good to overcome evil. And you just can't beat Brook's characters.

You make your own attitude; life is fun as well as work

The Freddy series builds character...a sense of the importance for being a good friend. Developing loyalty, demonstrating courage, and understanding the magic of laughter and a good sense of humor!

I learned about the power of friendship. I think reading Freddy is a good reminder of how we should treat -- and not -- each other.

All there is to know about how to lead a good and decent life!

Just wonderful stories which I have loved for 38 years now, stories with good and gentle lessons, always standing up for farm, friends, and freedom.

How to be a good friend, to tell the truth are two important messages in the books.

1) There are good people and bad people. 2) Some bad people can become good, but not all. 3) Good people should be protected and helped. 4) Bad people should be curtailed from doing harm. 5) The judgment of who is good and who is bad is often difficult - because there are shades of good and bad in most of us. 6) Rule (5) above does NOT mean that we are relieved from following rules (3) and (4) - it does mean that we have to be sure of our facts.

I learned how to spell "tree." People should read them because they're good books

Value of friendship and loyalty

Writing/journalism is important

In retrospect, I think the Freddy books were appealing to me as a child (and still are appealing) because of their New Deal democratic ethos--a heterogeneous"barnyard" group that squabbled and yet, in the end, functioned as a community. There are personality conflicts, value differences, ethical disagreements etc. among the animals in the books, and yet, there is also a horror of abusing power to get your way. A realistic democracy.

Gosh, so much. Loyalty integrity,and it's OK to be scared

Humor, decency

Humor, loyalty, quest for adventure, live life each day.

We can all get along despite our differences, and even enjoy the differences we all have.

The value of friendship and a whole system of practical ethics and morality rooted in generosity of spirit and doing the right thing, even if your tail is completely uncurled! I'd recommend the books for this reason but also because they're wonderful "reads" that seem to have the capacity to turn kids into avid book persons.

Always recommend them!

I have learned not to trust a man who would steal from a rhinoceros.

That little, small people can help too.

I have always liked talking animal stories. My imaginary friend was a goat named Bobby.

Lifelong interests in magic, poetry, and Sherlock Holmes, as well as journalism, which became a career.

I live in Florida and dreamed of going exotic places, when our teacher read "Freddy goes to Florida" to us; I realized I live in a place of wonder and delight. I was amazed that other people make great plans and have daydreams of coming here! Wisdom gained: Appreciate where you are in life, don't waste valuable time wishing away the state of affairs. Other people probably envy you! Last but not least: Look at all the things the animals did with their lives without opposable thumbs, what's holding me back?

Part Six: First Reading or Hearing of Freddy & Additional Comments
I read my first Freddy book in Jackson School in Batavia, NY, during the 1950s and haven't stopped. Particularly enjoyable to me was going to my hometown library while on college break and bringing home three or four Freddies to immerse myself in instead of my studies.

Age 9 (4th grade) Rollicking good humor and a fully realized world of rural Americana -- and with an
all-star animal cast -- what could beat that?

About 1941

My mother read them to me before I could read. I probably read Freddy the Detective on my own around age 7 or 8.

Maybe in the mid to late 1940s

About 1952. This series was my absolute favorite.

1943

First discovered the Freddy series in the summer of 1957.....have collected the entire series, and believe that Walter R. Brooks is a true American icon!

1954? Not sure. I discovered Freddy at the Pasadena, California Public Library: they had the entire Freddy oeuvre on the 3rd shelf down, in the next to the last row against the east wall. I was enchanted. I was able to buy the new ones as they came out because although my parents were not rich, we had a family charge account at Vroman's Books, (which is still going in Pasadena, one of the last great independent book stores.) I kept all my Freddies, and when I started to read them to my own children, we went online to eBay, and put together a complete set. We are now buying the Outlook versions, a few a month as well, to have a new complete set, for casual reading. I also read Florida and Detective to my 2nd graders every year as well as Charlotte's Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. At the end of the year we do a large project with a compare/contrast evaluating all the books. Freddy stands up to the comparison!

Second grade

At Alex Sanger Elementary, fifth grade when I was ten years old.

In elementary school in the 1950s.

8 years old. Brooks mastered a wonderful evocation of time and place - small town central New York - which can be seen today in some communities near my own Central New York farm.

When I was five years old.

8 years old

Teacher recommendation

I was 9.

Probably age 9

1956-1964, ages 8-16

1950

Fifth grade

Third grade

Before I could read my Dad would read them to me. Then we began reading them together, and finally I could read them by myself. Now I work in a library and love reading. My Dad and Freddy continue to be major influences in my life.

My first encounter with Freddy came in the pages of my third grade reader where I found an excerpt from FREDDY GOES TO FLORIDA. Serendipitously I subsequently came across a whole shelf of Freddy books at my hometown public library. And the rest is, well, history . . .

About 2nd grade

Tried to read "Flying Saucer Plans" as a child and lost interest very quickly. Started reading Freddy again when faced with a five year old son who disapproved of practically the whole of literature. Now inundated.

My dad started reading the Freddy books to us when I was four.

At the age of four I started having them read to me. My mother had ordered them just before she had to go into the hospital on bedrest for ten weeks to stave off the premature arrival of my little sister.

About age 7-8, I guess, when the librarian introduced me to the books. Aside from Freddy, Jinx is my favorite character. My favorite scene is the big play they put on for the Snedeckers. Favorite illustration is from Magician, cutting the cats in half-- "It did look sort of awful."

My sixth grade teacher read it aloud to the class. Even in grade school, I was struck by the use of the word "constituents"; it seemed to me that Brooks respected the intelligence of his audience (children?) and did not under estimate their ability to comprehend. He thought I was smart and by golly, I must be smart.



Brief Demographic Overview of the Thirty-three Survey Respondents
• Age Range •
1-8
9-13
14-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70-79
80+
Ancient
Don't Know
2 2 0 1 1 9 12 6 0 0 0 0
• Gender •
Male
Female
MYOB
Not Sure
Huh?
23 10 0 0 0
• Friends of Freddy Member •
Yes
No
Thinking About It
Friends of Freddy?
Why do you ask?
Don't Know

No response

20 4 7 0 1 0 1
• Species •
Homo erectus
Homo sapiens
Homo ludens
Martian
Other ET
Freddyite
Hard to tell
Not a clue! No response
1 13 1 0 0 10 3 2 3

Assumptions & Conclusions, etc. •

For the purposes of this study, the following assumptions, all of which are questionable, were made.

  1. A survey of this nature and with this population is significant and worth doing.
  2. The number of respondents to the survey is sufficient for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions.
  3. Although the survey instrument has not been the subject of any known validation study, it nonetheless possesses the degree of convergent and discriminant validity and internal consistency appropriate for a study of this type.

Now then--to some conclusions. Based on a careful analysis of the data, it would seem that the typical respondent to this survey is a male FoFer in his fifties who before attaining puberty (or possibly while pursuing it) discovered the Freddy books in school or in a library. He is most likely of the H. sapiens ilk, but he may be a member of the newly discovered and rarely glimpsed species H. fredericki. Regardless of his species, this respondent may enjoy dressing up as an elderly Irish charwoman now and then.

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