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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Series: Poppleton
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; Reprint edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059084783X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590847834
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

City pig Poppleton adjusts to small-town life in this understated and roundly appealing chapter book. In "Neighbors," the polite Poppleton tries to think up a polite way to say "no thanks" to Cherry Sue, a friendly llama who invites him to breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day. When his aggravation expresses itself as rudeness, Cherry Sue admits that she didn't know how to stop issuing invitations without hurting Poppleton's feelings, and the two become best friends. The second vignette, "The Library," details Poppleton's reading ritual, which demands solitude. Finally, "The Pill" introduces Fillmore, a sick goat who refuses to take his pill unless Poppleton hides it in a cake, whereupon the stubborn goat eats all the other slices until he reaches the one with the medicine: " 'I can't eat that one,' he said. 'It has a pill.' " As in Rylant's other series for beginning readers (Henry and Mudge; Mr. Potter and Tabby), her concise sentences mimic the characters' good manners and wryly point up the failures of etiquette. Teague contributes fetching watercolor-and-pencil images of the pudgy pig, slender llama and dignified goat; the compositions are airier and the palette lighter than in his Pigsty or The Secret Shortcut. The end pages offer a satisfying bird's-eye view of the quaint, cozy neighborhood, with all three characters strolling the sidewalks. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2. Poppleton, a most interesting pig, lives in a charming house in the country in this three-chapter beginning reader. In the first chapter, instead of submitting indefinitely to an overly friendly neighbor's ministrations, he finally tells her, though not without first making a muddle of it, that he needs time to himself. In the second, he shows how much he values reading, for not even the temptations of a lovely afternoon tea or an exciting parade stand in the way of his Monday library day. The final story reveals Poppleton's sense of humor as he joins a sick friend in bed when it becomes clear that there is a very palatable way to take pills. With his aerial view on the endpapers, Teague ushers readers into the pig's small country town. His large, acrylic cartoons introduce many humorous touches: a chicken on rollerblades; a framed picture of Poppleton's sociable neighbor, waving, of course; a picture of a can on the wall in a goat friend's house. The characters' facial expressions and body language greatly enhance the text. Rylant titles this Book One. Readers will be happy to know there are other Poppleton adventures in the wings.?Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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The characters are Poppleton, Fillmore, Hudson, and Cherry Sue.
Lynne A. Fletcher
It's a delightfully lovely and simple book, enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
lovetoread
My two-year-old loves this book and repeatedly asks us to read it to her.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Crawford on June 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
My daughter loves these books, and always asks me to find more. They combine a quirky personality with good solid values, giving food for discussion as well as a chance to laugh together. The language is also quite simple and so my daughter is attempting to read it herslef.
Warmly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carrie F. Davisson on March 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is wildly funny. My son, who is in kindergarten and just started reading, adored it. He's read all of the Poppleton books now and hope they keep coming. Extremely original and entertaining (Even for Mom!) I think the reviewers missed the boat on this one. Brevity is the soul of wit, and here's proof.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
I love reading this book to my son, who just got out of kindergarten. I think it is very funny, and so did my mother when reading it to him one night babysitting! "Yoo Hoo! Poppleton!" calls Cherry Sue over and over, and then the chapter on "The Pill" was especially funny too. My son loves the way I read it making all the different voices and expressions, it really is a joy, grab this one, good for both girls and boys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By reader in chicago on April 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
After being utterly charmed by the Mr. Putter and Tabby series, we found the Poppleton books by the same author and now cannot get enough! Both my six year old and my three year old sons adore these books. The illustrations are beautiful and make the animal characters real and expressive. And the stories are wonderful and appealing to children. Very warmhearted. A delight to read aloud and fun for beginning readers too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynne A. Fletcher on November 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
We are 2nd graders at the Anna Merritt Elementary School in Lockport, NY. We have read the Poppleton books with Ms. F. Our names are M. and J. Our favorite book is Poppleton. The characters are Poppleton, Fillmore, Hudson, and Cherry Sue. M. liked the part when Poppleton grew the tree. J. liked the part when Poppleton had a cold. We hope Cynthia Rylant writes many more Poppleton books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Broome on January 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Poppleton is not to be missed by the 4-8 set. Or anyone, really. I work in a children's bookstore and find myself recommending these books often. All of the small story collections (I believe there are 5) are guffawingly funny yet clean and spare works of art. Cynthia Rylant and Mark Teague are a dynamic writer-illustrator comedy duo. The characters--from Cherry Sue the llama, Hudson the mouse, to the heavily foibled Poppleton himself--are original, excellently rendered, charming, and distinct from one another. The stories achieve an almost Frog & Toad haiku brilliance, with great lessons about honesty, friendship, and hubris. These can be read easily by beginning readers, but are best read aloud by an adult with decent comedic timing.

Though there isn't a dud story in the bunch, one of the most memorable is the time Poppleton visits a mattress store to purchase a new mattress. He decides he must test the mattresses out, and lies down, belly up. The long suffering saleslady (a hilariously drawn crotchety cat in pearls and pince nez ) is asked by Poppleton to provide an increasingly ridiculous list of items in order to recreate his home environment so that he can make an informed decision on a mattress. With mounting annoyance, she hauls over first a magazine, then some crackers, then a television... Poppleton's last request, touchingly, is "Bluebirds. I need bluebirds." Perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lovetoread on December 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a teacher, I LOVE this book! I teach with it often. We love to notice how Poppleton asks out of character in the first chapter when he hoses Cherry Sue with water! It's a delightfully lovely and simple book, enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Cynthia Rylant is wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carrie F. Davisson on March 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is wildly funny. My son, who is in kindergarten and just started reading, adored it. He's read all of the Poppleton books now and hope they keep coming. Extremely original and entertaining (Even for Mom!)
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