From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-These slight stories deal with the ups and downs of friendship. First, Poppy tries to enhance his appearance by taping blue paper feathers all over himself with embarrassing results. In "To Beach His Own," the two birds go to the seashore, but can't agree on anything until the ice-cream dog appears. The last tale describes Ella's fear of the dark and Poppy's ingenious solution. The humorous, colorful cartoons are small and surrounded by plenty of white space, giving the pages a simple, uncluttered look. Clever details like the pictures on the wall, the storm clouds over the bickering friends, and the flashlights surrounding a frightened Ella heighten interest. Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad" series (HarperCollins) as well as James Marshall's "George and Martha" books (Houghton) are more appealing stories of friendship, but larger collections may want to add Poppy.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA
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