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Poppleton in Spring

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Revisit three wonderful stories from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and award-winning illustrator Mark Teague--with new cover art and design!

In this easy-to-read chapter book, Poppleton the pig charms young readers with his quirky adventures, whimsical ideas, and engaging community of friends! In three wonderful springtime stories, Poppleton tries his hand at spring cleaning, riding a bike, and staying up all night in his new tent.

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Overview


Revisit three wonderful stories from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and award-winning illustrator Mark Teague--with new cover art and design!

In this easy-to-read chapter book, Poppleton the pig charms young readers with his quirky adventures, whimsical ideas, and engaging community of friends! In three wonderful springtime stories, Poppleton tries his hand at spring cleaning, riding a bike, and staying up all night in his new tent.

These hilarious stories feature simple language, everyday experiences, and beautiful illustrations--perfect for beginning readers!

Poppleton the pig does some spring cleaning, tries to buy a bicycle, and stays up all night in a tent in his backyard.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
The placid porker with the soul of a poet is back and welcome to him. There is something sure to reassure children in the calm and steady way Poppleton deals with the everyday occurrences of life. This is the fifth "Poppleton" book and of the three stories it contains, "The Tent" stands out. Poppleton decides to spend the night outside even though all his friends laugh at him. Poppleton stays awake long after everyone else is asleep. He reads, he thinks and he pays attention. The next morning he shows his best friend, Cherry Sue, the flower that opened up while he was paying attention. Then he goes into his house and sleeps the day away in his bed. Everyone now thinks he is truly silly. "Everyone except Cherry Sue." Emphasizing the importance of just paying attention is a lovely theme for today's children who are often over-programmed and over-scheduled. This is a gentle way to note that they need quiet time, time to read, to think and to pay attention to the flowers opening, the pattern of the leaves overhead and the insects scurrying along the ground. The illustrations are endearing.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-The popular pig returns in a new series of adventures. The three short chapters revolve around familiar rites of spring: cleaning, shopping for a new bicycle, and sleeping in a tent in the backyard. Here, of course, each activity ends with the usual Poppleton twist. His attempts to clear his house of clutter bring more items in; too many choices at the bike shop overwhelm him and he decides he can walk or run about town; and after a wakeful night in the tent, he sleeps all day. The text is just right for beginning readers and the lively illustrations offer plenty of visual clues and a touch of the absurd humor that appeals to this set. An irresistible addition.-Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545078672
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Scholastic Reader Series: Level 3 , #5
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 83,780
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


As a child in West Virginia, Cynthia Rylant never dreamed of becoming a writer. In her free time, she devoured Archie comic books and paperback romances and enjoyed the outdoors. But after taking one college English class, she was, “hooked on great writing… I didn’t know about this part of me until I went to college-didn’t know I loved beautiful stories.” And one night, inspired by the Southern writer James Agee, she sat down and wrote When I Was Young in the Mountains. Named a Caldecott Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, it was an instant success.

Since that night, Rylant hasn’t stopped creating wonderful books. Her stories explore friendship, love, grief, and other mysteries, and often draw on her memories of growing up in Appalachia. “I get a lot of personal gratification thinking of those people who don’t get any attention in the world and making them really valuable in my fiction-making them absolutely shine with their beauty.”

She lives with her many pets in the Pacific Northwest.

Mark Teague is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator whose books include the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs... series, the LaRue series, FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. Mark lives in New York state with his wife and their two daughters.

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