Tightrope Poppy the High-Wire Pig

Tightrope Poppy the High-Wire Pig

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by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Sarah Dillard
     
 

Sudipta Quallen's spirited rhyming text, Sarah Dillard's cheerful illustrations, and an adorable little pig will capture children's hearts and engage their minds.

Poppy dreams of high-wires, daring acrobatics, and Big Top fame. "I'll be a star in no time!" she cries, after practicing her stunts on fences and railings. But when she fearlessly balances on

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Sudipta Quallen's spirited rhyming text, Sarah Dillard's cheerful illustrations, and an adorable little pig will capture children's hearts and engage their minds.

Poppy dreams of high-wires, daring acrobatics, and Big Top fame. "I'll be a star in no time!" she cries, after practicing her stunts on fences and railings. But when she fearlessly balances on the tightrope at Zig E. Zailey's Super Show, the unexpected happens: Poppy drops and plops...and flees in shame. Will Poppy ascend to the heights of success? Or will she head home, tail between her legs? Thanks to the fun text and circus-colorful pictures, youngsters will have a great time learning to follow their dreams--even when at first they don't succeed.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This is a rhyming picture book with animal characters, but there is also a story that works well. Poppy longs to walk the high-wire at the circus. While the other pigs wallow in the mud, Poppy practices along the fences and "never thought of falling." She gets her break when she sees a flyer calling for volunteers to come and train for the circus. Poppy answers the call, confidently stepping forward to assure the circus master that she knows her craft and needs no training. Poppy the pig steps out on the high-wire and promptly falls off. Zig, the circus master, tells Poppy not to be ashamed. Poppy realizes she has to practice before she can succeed. Assisted by encouraging e-mails from her mother, Poppy practices and falls repeatedly. Eventually her hard work pays off and the reader learns that it takes a lot of effort and determination to succeed. Poppy also carries the message that it is okay to make mistakes. Bright illustrations of Poppy and all the animals at the circus, along with several illustrations of Poppy's dejected face, tell the story in pictures to young readers. 2006, Sterling, Ages 4 to 7.
—Mary Loftus
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This winning story of a pig with a dream comes alive in tidy four- and five-line verses composed mostly of one- and two-syllable words. Poppy yearns to conquer the high wire, so when Zig E. Zailey holds an open call for new talent, she seizes the day. "A circus dog,/now that is fine./But have you heard/of circus swine?" the omniscient narrator muses in an engaging aside. While comparisons to Ian Falconer's Olivia and her foray under the big top are inevitable, Poppy is her own pig, and the similarities are few. Dillard's cheery illustrations follow her from her sunny meadow to the bright, friendly circus tent that becomes her home. Purchase a duplicate for storytime shelves; this easy, accessible crowd-pleaser will leave everyone smiling.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781402724114
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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