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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Series: Poppleton
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590847880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590847889
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2. Poppleton is back. In the first story, the charming pig and his mouse friend, Hudson, travel to the shore where they find shells and eat cheese sandwiches. On the bus ride they meet a group of older ladies who teach them songs and dances and how to win at poker. In the second episode, Poppleton wrestles with the burden of dry skin. He combats it by pouring cooking oil over himself. But, alas, instead of curing the problem, it only makes him hungry for french fries. Cherry Sue, a llama, suggests honey as a cure, but honey makes him think of biscuits. Finally, Cherry Sue, good friend that she is, solves the problem with an amusing twist. In the third and final chapter, Poppleton hears on TV that eating grapefruit can increase one's lifespan. When the enthusiastic pig tastes one, though, his lips turn outside in, tears come to his eyes, and his face turns green. Hudson then supplies the answer to a long life: friends, of course. Teague's exuberant illustrations show the engaging characters enjoying life and one another. This is a wonderful, easy-to-read chapter book that will leave children laughing out loud.?Suzanne Hawley, Laurel Oak Elementary School, Naples, FL
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 1^-3. As with James Marshall's George and Martha stories and Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad tales, this new adventure about Poppleton pig and his buddies Hudson and Cherry Sue uses humor to show a special bond between friends. In "Shore Day," Poppleton and Hudson's day at the beach isn't complete until they stop at Cherry Sue's house to tell her what happened. In another story, Poppleton's dry, flaky skin has him worried until Cherry Sue discovers he is only sluffing off lint from his sweater. In "Grapefruit," the last and best of the three tales, Poppleton discovers the hard way that friends are the secret to a long life. An enlarged typeface and a limited controlled vocabulary combine with a generous number of cartoon-style illustrations to make this a perfect choice for beginning readers; the book will also be great for a story time focused on the theme of friendship. Lauren Peterson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

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This series is one of my favorites for small children.
Leslie M. Baker
The illustrations are appealing and very humorous to both children and adults.
Laura Mackowiak
This book, as with all the other Poppleton books, is a delight to read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
We are 2nd graders at the Anna Merritt Elementary School in Lockport, NY. We have read the Poppleton books with Ms. Fletcher. Our names are Alexandra and George. Our favorite book is Poppleton and Friends. The characters are Poppleton, Husdon, Cherry Sue, and Uncle Bill. Alexandra's favorite part is when Poppleton put on some oil. George's favorite part is when Poppleton played cards. We hope Cynthia Rylant writes many more Poppleton books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2000
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My 5 year old and I loved this book. The 3 stories made us laugh out loud and the pictures are adorable. We will definitely read the other Poppleton books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Mackowiak on July 20, 2005
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Poppleton and friends consist of three different stories about friendship. All three stories are interesting and humorous. My favorite one is about the grapefruit. In the story, Poppleton thinks that if he eats grapefruit he will live to be one hundred. Unfortunately, he does not like grapefruit. Read to find out how Hudson's Uncle Bill tells him how he can live to be one hundred. The illustrations are appealing and very humorous to both children and adults.
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I love all the Poppleton story books. They're a ton of fun to read out loud to my pre-schooler, and she adores them, too. I really love that the simple text is witty and amusing, so that I really enjoy reading it. (There are too many tedious, predictable children's books out there!)

This one is my favorite of the series. It's sweet how the characters interact, and there are some wonderfully funny bits, such as Poppleton saying "I can be such a pig", when admitting that he has been wearing the same sweater for three days, and characters repeatedly asking Poppleton "Where are your lips?" after they turn outside-in from eating a grapefruit.

The illustrations in all the books are lovely - detailed, good color choices and all around charming.

For anybody looking for something somewhat similar but with more text per page, I recommend the Gilbert series of books by Diane deGroat.
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Cynthia Rylant has done a wonderful job of creating Poppleton, a pig, and his friends, who include Cherry Sue, a llama. She writes in such a way that her stories are not only enjoyed by children, but by the adults reading them aloud, as well. You'll fall in love with Poppleton and his odd little band of friends. And you're sure to enjoy the superb illustrations that accompany each chapter.

These books are great for young readers or for reading aloud to kids who are too young to read on their own! I thoroughly enjoyed them growing up.

If you'd like to read more of my reviews, please visit larsenreviews.org
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More entertaining short stories of the silly pig, Poppleton and his friends. This book contains three short stories, The Shore Day, Dry Skin, and Grapefruit. The grandkids always giggle when I read them the adventures of Poppleton and his real life experiences and this one is no disappointment. I love the simple, coordinating illustrations which help the young readers figure out what the text would be.
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By Busy Mom on June 13, 2008
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I love this series! We have read this one over and over again and my daughter never grows tired of it. I highly recommend this book as well as the other books in the series.
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Poppleton and Friends offers young readers and teachers the opportunity to work on making connections to a character. Fun to read, but offers a positive lesson.
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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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