A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Poppleton's world is nothing but kindness, gratitude, and sweet lessons in friendship.
Positive Role Models
When friends have a misunderstanding, they talk about it right away, make things right again, and laugh.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cynthia Rylant's Poppleton series has some of the gentlest tales children will hear and read. Each book has three stories about a kindhearted pig, Poppleton, and his adventures with the animal friends in his town. These are great books to read together; the writing is simple but clear, words are repeated to help kids become familiar with sight reading, and concepts are simple enough for preschoolers who have the books read to them. And the short, sweet stories can help a newly independent reader build confidence.
Is It Any Good?
This is a wonderful series for beginning readers. The Poppleton books are a little bit funny, incredibly simple, and packed with sweetness. Parents and kids can read them together, and independent readers likely will find the chapters -- each about 15 pages long, with big, beautiful illustrations -- short enough that they aren’t exhausting. The stories are small and simple but big on being kind, truthful, and proud of who you are.
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