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The Poppykettle Papers

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The Poppykettle Papers is a saga based on the old tales of the Hairy Peruvians, a community of tiny fisherfolk who, centuries ago, sprang to life from sacrificial Inca dolls. Robert Ingpen's previous books, The Voyage of the Poppykettle and The Unchosen Land, have enthralled Australian readers for two decades. Now young readers around the world will be able to enjoy this fabulous saga, which is illustrated by Ingpen and retold by Michael Lawrence. It recounts the exploits of Aloof the Far-Sighted and his ...
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Overview

The Poppykettle Papers is a saga based on the old tales of the Hairy Peruvians, a community of tiny fisherfolk who, centuries ago, sprang to life from sacrificial Inca dolls. Robert Ingpen's previous books, The Voyage of the Poppykettle and The Unchosen Land, have enthralled Australian readers for two decades. Now young readers around the world will be able to enjoy this fabulous saga, which is illustrated by Ingpen and retold by Michael Lawrence. It recounts the exploits of Aloof the Far-Sighted and his resourceful sister Arnica, along with three other tiny adventurers, in their quest to find the Unchosen Land. Brimming with excitement, danger, tragedy, triumph, vivid characters, and more than a sprinkling of humor, this is a book that children will read again and again. Robert Ingpen is a winner of the coveted international Hans Andersen Medal for Children's Book Illustration; Michael Lawrence's many books include The Book of Jacks and The Poltergoose.
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Gr 5 Up-When two boys discover a box in their barn, the small bundle of papers within starts an intriguing story. Written in an ancient language that takes an archaeologist to decipher, The Poppykettle Papers recount the adventures of a tiny people called the Hairy Peruvians. It seems that the god El Ni-o breathed life into diminutive dolls and gave each one a special gift. This is the tale of five of them as they sail the ocean in a poppykettle, a vessel used to make poppy tea for the gods. At El Ni-o's instruction, the little people go searching for a special feather and a dolphin's egg in order to be provided with a safe harbor. Along the way, they encounter huge iguanas, a terrifying Cunmerrie (part bird, part dragon), and a man-eating clam. Because of their special attributes, they achieve their goals and live happily every after. This unusual novel blends mystery, high adventure, and fantasy. While there are hints of Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe, the story is highly original. Readers will find this a fast-paced page-turner with plenty of monsters and creepy creatures. More importantly, the author emphasizes the power of individual talents and the spirit of cooperation to reach an objective. While Lawrence's choice of a name for his characters may be offensive to some readers, each Hairy Peruvian has a distinct personality with which young readers can identify. Ingpen's illustrations are painterly, giving the impression of danger and excitement without scariness. However, their placement is distracting as they don't always coincide with the text.-Barbara Buckley, Jericho Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781862052826
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.44 (w) x 7.89 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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