Poppy and Rye (Tales from Dimwood Forest)

by Avi

Other authorsBrian Floca (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2006



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PB Avi





HarperCollins (2006), 208 pages


When their home next to a brook is destroyed by beavers, a large family of golden mice is aided by Poppy the deer mouse and her grumpy porcupine friend, who in the process forges a relationship with the son he had abandoned.


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208 p.; 5.5 x 0.75 inches

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LibraryThing member Ethan.Burr
This story is talking about a family of golden mice that are living by a small pond that they call the brook. But one day, a family of beavers moved in and built a lot of lodges and almost flooded the mice. They flooded one house, so the mice had to build a new one. And then another mouse which was
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a deer mouse far away from the brook named poppy came with her best friend, ereth, the porcupine. Along the way they had traveled to many little ponds the animals who lived there called the brook. Finally, they reached a hill. Ereth went up a tree to sleep. Well, to try to sleep. But poppy went down the hill and explored the place and she met thistle. Thistle was the part of the golden family of mice, she was sitting under a mushroom. Thistle introduced poppy to her family, and their problem. Poppy and rye, the oldest brother, decide to try to tackle the dam problem.
I think this book was very good because it had a lot of good pictures and good words. I think you shall read this book because you shall read it.
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LibraryThing member themulhern
Avi is such a mixed bag. The casual murderousness of the beavers along with their spurious bonhomie and the aphorism spouting of their leader is positively Orwellian. But the sentimentality is grating and the sudden appearance of Ereth is a bit too convenient and effective. Rye's adolescent angst
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is kind of convincing, though.
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