The Blue Hill Meadows

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Willie Meadow lives with his mother, father, and brother in Blue Hill, Virginia.

It's peaceful there-a perfect place for growing up. For the Meadow family, each season of the year holds something special, like puppies born to their beloved dog one summer, a fishing trip on a crisp October day, or the thrill of a rare winter blizzard. 6-1/2 X 8-1/4. Full-color illustrations

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Overview

Willie Meadow lives with his mother, father, and brother in Blue Hill, Virginia.

It's peaceful there-a perfect place for growing up. For the Meadow family, each season of the year holds something special, like puppies born to their beloved dog one summer, a fishing trip on a crisp October day, or the thrill of a rare winter blizzard. 6-1/2 X 8-1/4. Full-color illustrations

Author Biography: Cynthia Rylant lives on an island in Puget Sound, Washington.

ELLEN BEIER lives in Corvallis, Oregon.

Tells the story of the Meadow family and the life they lead in the quiet country town of Blue Hill, Virginia.

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
Four heartwarming stories about the simple things that make family life so special. . . . Wonderful to read aloud any time of the year.
USA Today
Four heartwarming stories about the simple things that make family life so special. . . . Wonderful to read aloud any time of the year.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This charming book uses simple language and beautiful watercolor and acrylic paintings to take readers on a sentimental journey to rural America. Rylant, an acclaimed children's author, shares four short stories about Willie Meadow, a young boy living in the quiet country town of Blue Hill, Virginia with his family. This collection of tender tales celebrates life's adventures and focuses on special moments in a young boy's life¾raising a dog and its puppies, taking a father-son fishing trip, waiting out a blizzard with friends and family, and finding the perfect Mother's Day gift. Although a little sugarcoated, this delightful book perfectly captures the importance of a close-knit family.
Kirkus Reviews
Rylant (Cat Heaven, p. 1035, etc.) presents four seasonal stories about the Meadow family of Blue Hill, Virginia, where the pace is gentle, and where there is time to stop and savor life. Although readers get to know the entire family, the central character is the younger of two boys, Willie. In summer they adopt a stray dog and are thrilled when she has seven puppies. In the fall, Willie and his father make a private fishing trip. A blizzard brings excitement to their lives, and in spring Willie pays tribute to his mother with an original and perfect Mother's Day gift. With its focus on everyday family life, this is a quiet, old-fashioned book, relying on Rylant's lyrical prose, fine attention to detail, and understated humor that will make readers wish they could move in with the Meadows. Beier's illustrations, interspersed throughout, feature landscapes, household objects, and the animal members of the family—all the details of a beloved home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152024673
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 348,302
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant is a Newbery Medalist and the author of many acclaimed books for young people. She's well known for her popular characters for early readers, including Mr. Putter & Tabby and Henry and Mudge. She lives near Portland, Oregon. Visit her website at www.cynthiarylant.com .

ELLEN BEIER lives in Corvallis, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

A Much-Loved Dog 1
October Lake 11
Blizzard Party 23
A Perfect Gift 35
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