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Poppleton Has Fun

Poppleton Has Fun

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:   Mark Teague 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Harcourt, 2006   ISBN: 978-0153565656

One day Poppleton the pig decides to go and see a movie. In invites his friend Cherry Sue to join him but she is busy stretching, so Poppleton goes to the movie alone. Poppleton has never gone to see a movie by himself before, and as he buys his ticket and snacks he begins to think that perhaps it will be fun. For a change he won’t have to share his popcorn, candy, or drink with someone else.

   At first Poppleton enjoys watching the movie alone. Then a scary part begins and poor Poppleton has no one to be with. When the story gets funny there is no one to laugh with, and when the tale becomes sad, there is no one there to give Poppleton a tissue. As soon as the movie is over, Poppleton goes to see Cherry Sue and Poppleton tells his friend all about the movie, reliving the scary, happy, and sad moments with her. This time everything feels right and Poppleton decides that he is not going to a movie alone ever again.

   In this delightful Poppleton title, Cynthia Rylant celebrates friendship, exploring the idea that friends make life warmer and richer. There are three chapters with three stories, and in each one we see how Poppleton’s friends make his life happier and how they share special moments with him that are precious.