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Cynthia Rylant

Author of The Relatives Came

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About the Author

Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University. Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love show more of children's literature. She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award. She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Cynthia Rylant

The Relatives Came (1985) 4,433 copies
Henry and Mudge: The First Book (1987) 3,710 copies
Missing May (1992) 3,298 copies
Poppleton (1997) 1,111 copies
Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea (1994) 1,019 copies
Gooseberry Park (1995) 927 copies
In November (2000) 927 copies
Poppleton and Friends (1997) 811 copies
Poppleton In Winter (2001) 778 copies
The Storm (2002) 755 copies
Night in the Country (1986) 746 copies
Dog Heaven (1995) 722 copies
Every Living Thing (1985) 680 copies
Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend (2004) 640 copies
Snow (2008) 619 copies
The Van Gogh Cafe (1995) 616 copies
In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen (1998) 521 copies
Scarecrow (1998) 494 copies
An Angel For Solomon Singer (1992) 465 copies
A Fine White Dust (1986) 447 copies
Christmas In The Country (2002) 429 copies
Poppleton In Spring (1999) 424 copies
The Islander (1998) 412 copies
Poppleton In Fall (1999) 406 copies
If You'll Be My Valentine (2004) 402 copies
Lighthouse Family: The Whale (2003) 399 copies
All in a Day (2009) 374 copies
Poppleton: Poppleton forever (1998) 372 copies
Puppy Mudge Has a Snack (2003) 353 copies
The Eagle (2004) 317 copies
I Had Seen Castles (1993) 316 copies
Some Good News (1999) 311 copies
The Blue Hill Meadows (1997) 308 copies
Cat Heaven (1997) 306 copies
Poppleton Has Fun (2000) 306 copies
A Little Shopping (1998) 306 copies
Special Gifts (1999) 295 copies
God Went to Beauty School (2003) 293 copies
Puppy Mudge Wants to Play (2005) 282 copies
The Whales (1996) 271 copies
Thimbleberry Stories (2006) 262 copies
Summer Party (2001) 239 copies
Tulip Sees America (1998) 237 copies
Birthday Presents (1987) 230 copies
Wedding Flowers (2002) 228 copies
Life (2017) 223 copies
The Turtle (2005) 223 copies
Little Whistle (2001) 218 copies
The Bookshop Dog (1996) 213 copies
This Year's Garden (1984) 209 copies
The Wonderful Happens (2000) 203 copies
Long Night Moon (2004) 188 copies
Brownie & Pearl Step Out (2010) 176 copies
A Blue-Eyed Daisy (1985) 170 copies
Walt Disney's Cinderella (2007) 170 copies
Little Penguins (2016) 169 copies
Puppies and Piggies (2008) 168 copies
All I See (1988) 167 copies
The Cookie-Store Cat (1999) 156 copies
The Heavenly Village (1999) 153 copies
Hansel and Gretel (2008) 149 copies
Brownie & Pearl Hit the Hay (2011) 148 copies
The Dreamer (1993) 148 copies
God Got a Dog (2013) 146 copies
The Octopus (2005) 143 copies
Moonlight: The Halloween Cat (2003) 116 copies
The Stars Will Still Shine (2005) 109 copies
Alligator Boy (2007) 108 copies
Bear Day (1998) 107 copies
Bunny Bungalow (1999) 107 copies
The Bird House (1998) 102 copies
The Ticky-Tacky Doll (2002) 100 copies
Something Permanent (1994) 97 copies
Beauty and the Beast (2017) 95 copies
Boris (2005) 94 copies
Mr Griggs' Work (1989) 91 copies
The Bear (2018) 85 copies
Best Wishes (1992) 82 copies
Rosetown (2018) 70 copies
Nativity (2017) 67 copies
But I'll Be Back Again (1989) 63 copies
Ludie's Life (2006) 60 copies
Brownie & Pearl Grab a Bite (2011) 58 copies
Creation (2016) 52 copies
Soda Jerk (1990) 51 copies
Miss Maggie (1774) 48 copies
A Kindness (1988) 45 copies
Little Whistle's Christmas (2003) 40 copies
Brownie & Pearl Take a Dip (2011) 39 copies
Herbert's First Halloween (2017) 38 copies
We Give Thanks (2021) 37 copies
Motor Mouse (2019) 37 copies
Little Whistle's Medicine (2002) 37 copies
We Love You, Rosie! (2017) 35 copies
Rain (2023) 27 copies
The Steadfast Tin Soldier (2013) 26 copies
Sleeping Beauty (2017) 24 copies
Brownie & Pearl Make Good (2012) 23 copies
Everyday Pets (1993) 21 copies
Everyday Book (1997) 20 copies
Everyday Children (1993) 17 copies
Everyday House (1993) 12 copies
Everyday Town (1993) 12 copies
Poppleton in summer (2020) 11 copies
Everyday Garden (1993) 11 copies
A Kitten in Gooseberry Park (2022) 10 copies
Painting (Early Success) (2002) 4 copies
The Rescue 1 copy

Associated Works

Eskimo Boy: Life in an Inupiaq Village (1992) — some editions — 215 copies
Friendship Stories You Can Share (2001) — Contributor — 107 copies
Love Stories (1997) — Contributor — 11 copies
Growing Up Stories (1995) — Contributor — 10 copies
Somebody to Surprise (4-in-1) (1994) — Author — 9 copies
Top Teen Stories (2004) — Contributor — 6 copies


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Common Knowledge



{My thoughts} – Poppleton is a fun series for children. It’s about a pig that well isn’t exactly common in his ways and beliefs. He has an odd way about going about things and a different type of humor to most the other characters within the pages of the books.

This is a book that has a couple of short stories within the pages. The illustrations and the text go hand and hand. They help the child to be able to imagine what the author and the illustrator are both trying to convey to the reader. The illustrations are well done and are a great portrayal of the text. The text I think sometimes is a bit much on a few of the pages, but for the most part it is simple and easy for a child to read and follow a long with.

I did enjoy this book as much as I’d enjoyed the first book in the series. I do need to get a hold of the second as I realize I’d skipped over it some how. I look forward to reading more in this series in the near future!
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Zapkode | Jun 1, 2024 |
{My thoughts} – This is a series of books that are in the middle of being republished. They are a loved children’s series that is fairly popular. I am actually enjoying the fact that Scholastic has decided to release them under the Acorn brand.

Poppleton is a fun pig. He lives a simple life and has a nice set of friends. He enjoys spending time with his friends, going to the library and helping his friends when they aren’t feeling well.

This book is written in short sentences on each page, which helps to not overwhelm the young reader. It is nicely illustrated so that the images and the story blend nicely with one another.

At the end of the book is some added content including how to draw your very own Poppleton. I found that to be rather neat. I am always interested in seeing how the illustrators create their illustrations.

I look forward to reading more books in this series as they are released. I also can’t wait to share these books with my littles when they are old enough to start reading them!
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Zapkode | 10 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
Sweet accounts of peaceful family life through each season of a year. It's written for children, but the illustrations and sensory details are pleasant and calming for adults too.
johanna.florez21 | 5 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
I found some of these stories incredibly sweet, some sad and/or touching, some painful or cruel, and some felt rather . . . pointless. Not that a story exactly has to have a point - certainly I enjoy a good vignette or slice-of-life - but a few of these didn't even feel like there was much of a window or draw to them in that vein.

There is, also, of course, some mention of animal cruelty and animal death, and some that was probably not intended to read as animal cruelty, exactly (a fair few things have changed in how we treat animals or think of as acceptable treatment in the past 40 years), but was still less than comfortable.

'Planting Things' was definitely my favourite in the collection.
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Kalira | 9 other reviews | May 25, 2024 |



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