Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:   Mark Teague 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Scholastic, 1997   ISBN: 978-0590847834

Poppleton the pig used live in a city. He did the kinds of things that city people do, like jogging and taking taxis. Then Poppleton got tired of life in the fast lane and he moved to a quiet town where he could putter in his garden and take naps. Poppleton soon made friends with his neighbor Cherry Sue. Cherry Sue was very hospitable and she invited Poppleton over to her house for meals all the time.

At first Poppleton enjoyed this, but after a time he began to wish that he could spend at least some of his meals at home. He wanted to spend some time alone, but he did not know how to tell Cherry Sue how he felt without hurting her feelings. 

In this splendid trio of stories we get to meet a delightful pig who knows what he likes, and who knows how to enjoy life. He also knows how to be a good friend. Children who are learning to read by themselves will enjoy the reading times that they share with this funny and very lovable porcine person.