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
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.
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