Poppleton in Winter (Scholastic Reader: Level 3) Library Binding – Illustrated, October 1, 2008
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I started reading Poppleton to my 3 year old and she is now 4 and can read the easy words herself. It is also great at helping children transition from one story picture books to illustrated chapter books (and hopefully onto regular chapter books).
Our favorite story in this one is The Bust. My daughter has read that one over and over and even insists to act it out. I love Poppleton because the stories are gentle. They are funny while not being cruel. Poppleton and his friends can be sarcastic and frustrated and experience all types of emotions without having Rylant simplify it or wash over it. While the prose is simple enough for children, the relationships and situations involved make for entertaining stories for all ages.
In all 3 of the stories, Poppleton has some sort of issue. With time, he finds his friends are available to help him out.
I like this book for many reasons.
1. The story are simple and easy to comprehend.
2. The sentence structure is nice and has lots of details, but not overwhelming or choppy.
3. The stories all have good morals.
Overall, this is a nice book for children. We enjoy reading it.
In "The Bust," the reader learns that every winter, Poppleton gives himself a project, and this winter his project is to make a bust of his neighbor's head. But he just can't remember what Cherry Sue's eyes look like . . . what her hair looks like . . . what her nose looks like. So Poppleton keeps knocking on her door, studying Cherry Sue's features, and leaving. Finally, Cherry Sue becomes exasperated enough to tweak Poppleton's nose, at which point he tells her what he's doing.
In the third story, "The Sleigh Ride," Poppleton wants to go on a sleigh ride, but it seems that every friend he invites to go with him is busy baking. The reason for all the baking becomes clear at the end of the story. Definitely Recommended.