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Every Living Thing Hardcover – August 1, 1988

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (August 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756979072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756979072
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Rylant's comparatively short career has earned the poet and author an enviable reputation. Her second collection of short stories is set in the West Virginia hills, as were the entries in A Blue-Eyed Daisy. Artless, memorable telling creates tales with a common theme, the bond between animals and humans. "Boar Out There," whispers Jenny, bemused by notions of a wilding with a golden crown. She ventures into the woods where the boar pounds towards her. Petrified, Jenny nonetheless notices, when the animal halts suddenly, its bloody and torn ears. The boar snorts, jerks and stares at the girl until a bluejay yells. Then it bolts in terror past her. Now she thinks about the boar with no crown, with wounded ears and she cries because the dangerous beast fears bluejays and little girls. "Papa's Parrot" has a message for callow Harry, 12, who can't spare the time to help his dad until a crisis brings him to mind the family store. Schindler's pictures are billed as decorations for obvious reasons; they adorn as well as illustrate the dozen stories by a uniquely gifted person.
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About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.

S. D. Schindler is the popular and versatile illustrator of many books for children, including Big Pumpkin and the ALA Notable Book Don't Fidget a Feather, both by Erica Silverman, How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky, and Johnny Appleseed by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benét. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.

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Good stories to enjoy before bedtime or as class read alouds.
S. R. Jones
Lots of good stories - Cynthia Rylant is great with the short story that has a deeper message.
Sweet Louise
I bought this for my 10 year old nephew and he and I really enjoyed the stories.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on November 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Every Living Thing," by Cynthia Rylant, is a collection of 12 short stories. Although different characters appear in each tale, the collection as a whole is unified by style and by theme. Each story deals with an encounter or ongoing relationship between a human being and one or more non-human animals. Since the book is only 81 pages long, each tale is quite brief.
This is a gentle, moving book. Rylant has a gift for capturing resonant details. She also writes with great compassion for both her human and non-human characters. Her non-human characters come in many different species: a turtle, dogs, a parrot, squirrels, and more. Her human characters are also diverse: both adults and children, both male and female. I found one of the most memorable characters to be an alcoholic wartime veteran (from "Drying Out").
My overall favorite story in the collection, "A Pet," is about a girl who becomes the owner of a blind old goldfish. I would recommend this book especially to those interested in the short story as a literary form and to those interested in literature about animals. If you like this book, I would also recommend Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's novel "Shiloh."
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Wonderful stories!! Life as it is!! Having read these stories aloud to adults in nursing homes on numerous occassion and found them to satisfy our need to hear good resolves, we can all recommend this good read. "A Bad Road for Cats", one of the favorites, that hits the hard realities of human relationships and good resolves in our dealing with others when things aren't right. Stories of people finding there way through realationships with others and the place that animals play in our lives to make bridges. Read them! You will love them if you love people and animals. Write more of these Cynthia!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Every Living Thing, by Cynthia Rylant, is a wonderful read for any middle school student. This book is full of many short stories, each story taught me a great deal of respect and responsibility, which added to my maturity. This book includes 12 stories. The 1st story is called "Slower Than The Rest." In this story a boy wins an award for the first time ever! The 2nd story is called "Retired." Retired is about a retired 4th grade teacher who becomes very mean and cruel and does not like kids after a couple years of retirement. Well, that is until one of her friends end up having to move to France and they can not take their dog with them, so they give the dog to the teacher and then she becomes very kind, friendly, and loving to children again. "Papa's Parrot" is the 3rd story. This story is about a father and a son who become closer than ever when papa ends up in the hospital. This event brought father and son closer together. "Boar out There" is the 4th story. This story is about a young little girl named Jenny, who gets injured badly by a wild boar. But after getting injured the boar tour his nose really bad and he is still running free today. "A Pet" is the 5th story. This story is about a little girl named Emma. One day Emma asked her mom and dad if she can have a pet but they said no. Well one day Emma came home from school and she found a surprise in her room, it was a fish. Emma was so happy she jumped for joy and was happy her parents listened to her about giving her a pet. These are just a few of the tales in this wonderful collection of short stories. Cynthia Rylant is also the author of Henry and Mudge books. Be sure to pick up any book by this fine author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megan Bernard on February 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Have you ever loved your pet even if you had to let it go? In the story "A Pet" by Cynthia Rylant, Emma begged so hard for a Christmas pet but it was old blind and used. On other days he lazily, barely moved his fins. He became ill and Emma tried to help him by giving him two pills and would whisper please. One day she woke up and he was...
I had a pet that was a goldfish but it was sick because it was old. In the story Emma's pet was sick. It was Christmas and it almost but tried to keep going but it couldn't .I also tried to get medicine and in the story Emma got medicine for her goldfish too.
I give it 10 out of 10 because I love this and I have lots of connection with it. I also love how they feel because Emma started crying and was happy when she got her pet. I also love how it used a lot of detail in the story. They showed how Emma had an old, blind, and used goldfish. By: Jazmin

If you like puppies you would like this story "Stray" by Cynthia Rylant. It has lots of detail and shows you how a puppy suffers when it has no shelter. Stray is just like a homeless person but only a dog.
The story Stray is about a stray dog looking for food . One day a girl named Doris found a little dog out in the cold and that little dog was freezing. So the little girl took the puppy inside and asked her father if she could keep him and guess what he said, "NO!". The only thing he said was that the puppy was going straight to the pound tomorrow...The heart of the story was love your pet even if it has to go to the pound.
This story reminds me of when I was in the car and I saw a stray dog. Doris was outside scraping out the snow and she saw a stray dog trapped in the snow.
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