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Children's Fiction Farm Animals

Farm Team, The

by (author) Linda Bailey

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2008
Farm Animals
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2008
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


For fifty years the animals on Stolski's farm have played their hearts out for the Stolski Cup --- the dream of every hockey team all over the northland. And every year the Farm Team has lost to the nastiest, smelliest, snarlingest bunch of varmints ever to don skates --- the Bush League Bandits.

As soon as the puck drops for this year's playoff game, the Bandits, playing as dirty as ever, take an early lead. A Bandit porcupine named Needles starts ramming Farm Team players, while the weasels slash and spear. But the Farm Team's goalie Big George blocks some tough shots, while Billy the goat and Vera the goose net three goals to tie things up. Then the Bandits bring in a bruiser of a substitute player so big and mean that these plucky underdogs could be in for a serious mauling.

From the award-winning team of Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin and packed with on-ice action and laughs, this is the picture book hockey fans of every age have been waiting for.

About the authors

Linda Bailey a jonglé longtemps avec l'idée d'écrire, mais ce n'est qu'après avoir eu ses deux filles qu'elle a lancé sa carrière d'auteure. Elle a écrit des albums, des romans et aussi des livres informatifs. Linda a beaucoup voyagé dans sa vie et ses livres aussi! Certains sont publiés en Chine, en Corée, en Australie, en Grèce, en Pologne et dans de nombreux autres pays.


Linda Bailey has written more than twenty books for children in a number of different genres, including the best-selling Stanley-the-dog series, Toads on Toast, and most recently, If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur (Si jamais tu avais un dinosaure...). Linda has garnered a long list of honours in Canada such as the Ontario Blue Spruce Award, the Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Linda Bailey's profile page

Bill Slavin has illustrated over sixty books for children, including Stanley's Party, Stanley's Wild Ride, Stanley at Sea, Transformed and The Farm Team. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario, with his wife, their cat, two rabbits, five squirrels and a family of cardinals.

Bill Slavin's profile page


  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Award
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner, Best Bets - Top 10 Canadian Children's Books, Ontario Library Association

Editorial Reviews

A sassy, well-crafted story... the mostly full-page illustrations are packed with little details that will amuse children and adults alike, ... Bailey and Slavin have produced a gem of a picture book that will remain popular for as long as hockey underdogs continue to compete for Lord Stanley's famed cup.

Quill & Quire, Starred Review

Bailey's story reads aloud well, while Slavin's artwork captures its drama and humor in a series of action-filled acrylic paintings... Every child who has watched a bigger, brawnier opposing team take the field will feel for the plucky Farm Team.


Young hockey fans will be thrilled with this offering, which will appeal to sports fans and animal lovers in kindergarten through second grade, as well as the adults who read aloud to them.


The surprise ending will bring cheers form the crowd as they ask for repeated readings.

School Library Journal

Slavin's goofy acrylics playfully realize the joyful mayhem of shinny, and Bailey's story gets the competitive burn just right, even if for a bunch of chickens, sheep and piglets.


Librarian Reviews

The Farm Team

The Farm Team is up against the nastiest bunch of varmints ever. Packed with blistering on-ice action and laughs, this story will delight hockey fans of all ages.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

Other titles by Linda Bailey

Other titles by Bill Slavin