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Poppy and Ereth (Poppy Stories Series)
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Poppy and Ereth (Poppy Stories Series)

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by Avi, Brian Floca
 

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Has Ereth lost Poppy forever?

Poppy, a deer mouse, has spent the long winter curled up inside her tree snag home in Dimwood Forest. When the ground thaws and life returns to the woods, Poppy sets out in search of excitement. Suddenly, swooped up by Luci the bat, Poppy is flying high over the forest. Meanwhile, Poppy’s best friend, Ereth the grumbling

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Has Ereth lost Poppy forever?

Poppy, a deer mouse, has spent the long winter curled up inside her tree snag home in Dimwood Forest. When the ground thaws and life returns to the woods, Poppy sets out in search of excitement. Suddenly, swooped up by Luci the bat, Poppy is flying high over the forest. Meanwhile, Poppy’s best friend, Ereth the grumbling porcupine, who was with Poppy when she vanished, is convinced that she has died. He sets out to give her the best funeral ever. Can Poppy find her way out of the bats’ cave to set Ereth straight and return home after the adventure of a lifetime?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
This latest tale in the Poppy series begins as Poppy's husband Rye dies after a bout with pneumonia. Poppy is so sad that she turns away from her friend Ereth. Ereth is determined to help his friend work through her grief, but she does not contact him, and eventually he becomes convinced Poppy has died as well. He breaks the news to her family and begins to plan a wonderful memorial service. Meanwhile, Poppy is actually alive and well, but she is off on an adventure with Luci the bat. Poppy's grandson, Spruce, remembers that Poppy taught him long ago that "a mouse has to do what a mouse has to do." This convinces him that she is not dead. Spruce heads out to search for Poppy, who finds herself in a cave of bats—not the best place for a mouse. Will Spruce convince the family to search for Poppy, and can Poppy convince Luci to help her? The story covers serious issues with sensitivity. Readers familiar with the other books in the series will particularly enjoy the story, but the novel stands on its own as well. Floca's drawings capture the heart and personality of the characters, especially Poppy and Ereth. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—In this lovely and fitting conclusion to a popular series, Poppy's husband, Rye, dies, and the grieving deer mouse refuses to see anyone. Then Ereth needs her help, and in the process of saving the porcupine, she is thrown into the air and flown to a cave by a young bat. Thinking she is dead, Ereth plans her funeral. Meanwhile, a fire breaks out in Dimwood Forest. Seen through animals' points of view, the story takes readers through Poppy's adventures, including being aided by her former enemy, Bounder the fox, as she tries to get home to warn the others of the danger. Ereth stays true to his character—pompous and curmudgeonly—yet devastated when he thinks he's lost Poppy, while she remains the eternal optimist and, in the end, is able to move on with her life. This heartwarming fantasy is filled with fast-moving action and danger, and has themes of friendship and loss. Fans of the series will be completely satisfied.—Kira Moody, Hunter Public Library, West Valley City, UT
Kirkus Reviews
Avi bills this as the final episode in the series and burns down Dimwood Forest to underscore the claim-but since all but one of the characters survive at the end, there's no reason to believe him. When the elderly Poppy is carried away by a young bat, her gruff friend, Ereth the porcupine, thinks her dead and organizes a funeral. While she's making friends with the bats in their distant cave and then trying to find her way back home, a lightning strike touches off a blaze in dry Dimwood. Cutting back and forth in short chapters from Poppy to the grieving Ereth to runty but intrepid Spruce, one of Poppy's many grandchildren, the author weaves several plotlines together in time for the smoky, exciting climax. There are no villains here to crank up the melodrama, but several cliffhangers, quick pacing and a lively cast more than compensate. Several figures from previous adventures pass in review, either in flesh or in Poppy and Ereth's memories, but that's not enough to create any convincing sense of closure. There's life in the old series yet. (Fantasy. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061119712
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Series:
Poppy Stories Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
168,846
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Poppy and Ereth

Chapter One

The Hard Winter

It was a hard winter in Dimwood Forest. Tem-peratures were low, snows deep, nights long, and the winds sharp. Most forest animals remained tucked away in their underground homes, burrows, and caves, sleeping or eating the food they had stored the summer before. It was that way, too, with Poppy and Rye, who kept close and warm deep down among the roots of their old snag, a tall, broken tree stump.

Poppy, an elderly deer mouse, had curled herself up into a plump ball of tan fur, her tail wrapped about so that it touched the tip of her pink nose. She was chatting with her husband, Rye, about some of the events of the past year: their good life together; guiding and watching their children grow and begin families of their own; her visit to her old home, Gray House; renewing acquaintances with relatives; and happy times with Ereth the porcupine.

As she talked, Rye, a golden mouse, was lying on his back, eyes closed, paws beneath his head, tail occasionally twitching. He was listening to Poppy even as he was contemplating a new poem, something about the cold winter and the past summer.

"It's no good," Rye said quite suddenly while coming to his feet.

"What's no good?" asked Poppy, thinking he was referring to her talk about the family picnic last autumn.

"If I'm going to write anything decent about winter," Rye declared, "I need to get out there and experience it."

"It's awfully cold," Poppy reminded him, perfectly aware that such practical notions would make no difference to Rye, not when he was thinking about a poem. "I think there's a storm."

"Won't be a moment," said Rye, and he headed for the steps that led to ground level. When he reached the snag's open entryway, however, the storm's bitter cold struck with such force that it momentarily took his breath away. Not to be deterred, Rye pushed through the snow that had drifted in, and stepped outside.

It was difficult to see anything. The snow, bright and whirling, made the land indistinguishable from the sky. Even the forest trees appeared to be trembling shadows. As for sound, the only thing Rye could hear was the yowl of the wind.

"Wonderful . . . ," he murmured, even as he shivered and stepped forward, sinking deeply into a soft, powdery drift.

He brushed the flakes from his eyelashes, and they danced before his eyes like tiny, sparkling diamonds.

"Beautiful," he murmured.

Rye began to burrow forward with his front paws. As he tunneled into the snow, the sounds of the wind faded. The light turned a dull gray. The cold softened. It was as if he were in a cocoon made of winter.

Suddenly he halted. Embedded in the icy tunnel wall was a perfectly preserved green leaf.

"Oh my!" Rye whispered, gazing at the leaf with joy. "It's from last summer!" Rye remained looking at the leaf for a long while. Only when his toes started to become numb did he turn and scurry back down into the snag.

"I think I've got a good poem," he announced as he returned to Poppy. "I'm going to call it 'Ice Leaf.'" He threw himself down on his back and closed his eyes.

After a few moments he asked, "Do you have any more of your mix?"

"What mix?" said Poppy.

"That peppermint, elderberry, and honey mix. You know, for coughs."

Poppy's brow furrowed. "Why?"

"Slight tingle in the old throat," muttered Rye, as he concentrated on his poem.

That night a fierce new storm swept in. The wind roared. The temperature plummeted. The two mice snuggled together for warmth. From somewhere far-off they heard a fox baying and an owl hooting.

Next morning, when Rye woke, his throat was very sore. He was coughing, too, coughing badly.

Poppy and Ereth. Copyright © by James Avi. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Avi is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five books for young readers, ranging from animal fantasy to gripping historical fiction, picture books to young adult novels. Crispin: The Cross of Lead won the Newbery Medal, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth were awarded Newbery Honors. He is also the author of the popular Poppy series. Avi lives outside Denver, Colorado. You can visit him online at www.avi-writer.com.

Brian Floca's illustrations have appeared in several books by Avi, including the six volumes of the Poppy stories and the graphic novel City of Light, City of Dark. For younger readers, he is the author and illustrator of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo II as well as the highly praised books Lightship, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and ALA Notable Book; The Racecar Alphabet, also an ALA Notable Book; and Five Trucks.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 23, 1937
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964
Website:
http://www.avi-writer.com

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Poppy And Ereth (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definetly an all time favorite it was super good and had a great ending!! It was definelty my faavorite out of all the series. Reccomend it! Five star book!
reading_owl More than 1 year ago
A must read book for people of all ages. :-)
Marcia Betcher More than 1 year ago
this book is great! it has a lot of discription and is easy to read. i recomend it for anyone who loves action and intensity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great but you must read poppy first to under stand it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant belvie this is the last book in the series. Im reading poppys retrn the 2nd last book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful with quality printing a must read in the series
BookBegger More than 1 year ago
After Rye's untimely death Poppy seeks to see Ragweed's earring. She makes the dangerous trip over Glitter Creek When she hears Ereth crying for help she runs and helps the drowning Ereth out of Glitter Creek. Soon after Ereth's rescue he believes he sees her ghost. Then breaks the terrible news of Poppy's death by saving him to her family. Did Poppy really die? I really don't read books about mice or porcupines, but this was an interesting and good book. Avi brought the beloved Poppy series to a great end. There are creative settings and dangers ahead in Poppy and Ereth. All the characters are very likeable. My favorite characters in this book is probably Spruce one of Poppy's many grandchildren and Luci. Spruce is very adventurous like his Grandma . Luci is a young bat that mistakes Poppy for a moth (I think that was very creative of Avi.) It was a fun, nice, cute book. Poppy and Ereth was a very easy to understand and enjoyable with a satisfying ending. *Book provided by HarperCollins Children's First Look program
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Its a book about an old mouse named poppy that becomes young again once she goes on a walk that leads to an adventure!
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I really love poppy and can't wait to read this one. : )
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It is a good book but the first is best
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I read poppy great! I read poppy and ereth awesome!
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Its okay. A little hard to ubderstand at first
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