Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant

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The story comes with lessons ranging from the overuse of fossil fuels to the peculiar magic of friendship, all applied with a gentle hand and a spirit of generous trust in the abilities of her readers to understand them.
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Stumpy the Squirrel and friends team up to save the day in this charming standalone companion to the beloved Gooseberry Park, from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and illustrator Arthur Howard.

There has been no rain for months, and all of the animals in Gooseberry Park are in danger. Can the crew of dear friends come up with a brilliant solution in time to save the day? Absolutely!

Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant’s first novel in more than a decade has all the wit and charm of the first adventure of the Gooseberry Park gang, as she “ unspools a quietly magical tale of cooperation and kindness” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
 

About Cynthia Rylant

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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 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. ARTHUR HOWARD created the lively illustrations for all of the Mr. Putter & Tabby books and hasáwritten and illustrated several picture books of his own. He lives in New York City. á
 
Published April 21, 2015 by Beach Lane Books. 129 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Mar 03 2015

The story comes with lessons ranging from the overuse of fossil fuels to the peculiar magic of friendship, all applied with a gentle hand and a spirit of generous trust in the abilities of her readers to understand them.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 21 2015

...Rylant unspools a quietly magical tale of cooperation and kindness, with a gentle environmental undercurrent.

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