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Scholastic Reader Level 3: Poppleton in Spring Paperback – February 1, 2009

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-The popular pig returns in a new series of adventures. The three short chapters revolve around familiar rites of spring: cleaning, shopping for a new bicycle, and sleeping in a tent in the backyard. Here, of course, each activity ends with the usual Poppleton twist. His attempts to clear his house of clutter bring more items in; too many choices at the bike shop overwhelm him and he decides he can walk or run about town; and after a wakeful night in the tent, he sleeps all day. The text is just right for beginning readers and the lively illustrations offer plenty of visual clues and a touch of the absurd humor that appeals to this set. An irresistible addition.
Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This fifth storybook about Poppleton, a genial pig, contains three min-tales set in a well-manicured country town populated by a cast of equally genial animal friends of our hero. In the first vignette, Poppleton spring cleans and, inevitably, ends up with more superfluous possessions than he had at the outset. In the second, he decides to buy a bicycle but is overwhelmed by all the choices available in our prosperous consumer society. The final tale, about Poppleton's sleeping out in a tent on a lovely spring night, is the drollest of the lot. The collaboration between author Rylant and illustrator Teague is seamless, and their lightness of spirit is reminiscent of the late Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad books at their best. While not strictly speaking easy readers, text and pictures are so closely knit that graphic clues will help children to decipher unfamiliar words. This paean to the trials and pleasures of everyday life will please Poppleton afficionados, old and new. -- From Parents' Choice® --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 330 (What's this?)
  • Series: Scholastic Reader Level 3
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Reprint edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545078679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545078672
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poppleton is a pig and in this chapter level 3 book he has three different 'adventures' all of which incorporate his other animal friends within his stories. These chapters are 'small stories' so if you have a younger reader that can sit through the entire book still read these cute stories to them; They are to well written to overlook them.

Poppleton is enjoying the winter in each story. The first he has icicles that are very large hanging off his house. He enjoys them and each day measures them to see how much they have grown; even though everyone tells him he should break them down. One day, though, something happens to them but his friend Patrick helps him to see that in loosing something he enjoyed he also gains something even better!

The next story every winter he does something to help pass the time indoors and this winter he decided to make a sculpture of his neighbor. So when he starts he forgets exactly what she looks like so he keeps going over to her house. She does get frustrated until he finally tells her what he's doing and she feels very honored for him to want to do it so again in the end the two friends learn caring and compassion towards one another.

And the last story he is feeling lonely so calls his friends to go sledding with them but they are all busy and busy at baking! But he soon finds them all knocking at his door as he had forgotten his own birthday! But his friends were so fond of him they hadn't!

This was my 2 year old granddaughter and mine first Poppleton book and we enjoyed him so much we will be looking at our library to read more of him.
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This latest book of Poppleton is just as sweet and gentle as the others, and it is easy reading for my 2nd grader. You can't go wrong with this book. "The Bust" chapter is the funniest with Cherry Sue, in which Poppleton wants to sculpt a bust of Cherry Sue, but can't remember what she looks like. "The Icicles" chapter in which he meets a clumsy little finch, Patrick, and the "Sleigh Ride" are also good-natured stories that bring the feel of winter to the reader which is perfect for the upcoming snowy season.
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I love Poppleton books! My note to publishers - please offer these books in a hardback collection (several books in one). We read Poppleton so often and in paperback it gets all wrinkled.

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.
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I wait anxiously for each of the Poppleton series to be released in paperback and this was the latest offering. I happened upon the first book (Poppleton) at a used book shop when my son was small, and he enjoyed the first book so much I looked for more. We have worn out the copies at the library and purchased all the ones that are available to buy. I only wish the author would write more about Poppleton and his intriguing community of friends. The books are humorous and entertaining everytime I read one aloud to my son--we've been reading these since he's 2 and since he's 6 now he can read them himself. I highly recommend this book as well as any other of the Poppleton series.
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This is an outstanding early reader book, with all three stories taking place in winter. In the first story, "Icicles," Poppleton, a pig, doesn't want to knock down the icicles attached to his roof, even though others tell him the icicles could cause problems. Then one day a small finch flies into one of the icicles and, like dominos, they break off one after another. But the finch and Poppleton figure out a use for the broken icicles.

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.
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The three stories in this book are Spring Cleaning, The Bicycle, and The Tent. This is a Level 3 book so it is geared more for the first thru third grade reader. As with all of the Poppleton books, the fun pig experiences more common adventure with silliness thrown in too. Nice short stories with coordinating illustrations keep young children interested.
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