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Thimbleberry stories
Rylant, Cynthia.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, 2000.
Physical Description:
56 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Nigel Chipmunk shares a pleasant life with his friends Dipper the hummingbird, Little Owl, Copper the butterfly, Claudius the garter snake, and Mudpuppy the salamander.
Nigel meets Dipper -- Little Owl redecorates -- Claudius plants a garden -- Mudpuppy's picnic.
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.8 1.0 35609.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.7 3 Quiz: 32542 Guided reading level: M.
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Nigel Chipmunk lives in a cozy little cottage on Thimbleberry Lane. He has wonderful neighbors who are always up for a visit or an adventure, like Little Owl in Haymaker Hollow and Mudpuppy down in Passalong Pond. And there are, of course, new friends to be made in this classically illustrated storybook that brims with old-fashioned charm and timeless appeal. •An illustrated friendship tale by a Newbery Medalist •Gentle, traditional stories that reinforce strong family values •Both a read-aloud for little ones and a chapter book for emerging readers •Junior Library Guild Selection

Author Notes

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. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. This beautifully illustrated volume of four short stories describes life on peaceful Thimbleberry Lane, where the gentlemanly Nigel Chipmunk lives in a cozy little cottage. In the first story, Nigel meets his new neighbor, a hummingbird named Dipper, who moves so fast he makes Nigel dizzy. Next Nigel offers decorating advice to Little Owl. In the third story, Nigel inspires his friend Claudius, a garter snake, to start a strawberry patch. And in the final segment, Nigel goes on a boating picnic with salamander friend Mudpuppy, who is an excellent boatman but a terrible cook. Thimbleberry Lane may not be the most exciting place, but the characters are superbly developed, and Kneen's intricately detailed watercolors will help children see Nigel's point when he says that Thimbleberry Lane is "quite the most beautiful place in the world." --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Four cozy stories lovingly chronicle the domestic adventures of Nigel Chipmunk and his friends, all of whom live on or around Thimbleberry Lane. Without heavy-handed moralizing, Rylant's (The Blue Hill Meadows) characters, all with their own appealing quirks and idiosyncrasies, accept and enjoy one another's differences. Nigel, an energetic housecleaner, breakfasts on dandelion scones with lavender tea; Copper, a butterfly, wears ornaments on her antennae; Claudius, a lazy garter snake, prefers paper plates to china; and Mudpuppy, a salamander, drinks health tonics. The characters appreciate their diversity. As Dipper, a hummingbird, says: "Oh, I've been living in poppy gardens too long. I've forgotten not all the world is hummingbirds. That is why I moved to Thimbleberry Lane: variety." Kneen's (Milly and Tilly: The Story of a Town Mouse and a Country Mouse) warm, cheerful illustrations complement the text with quaint settings reminiscent of Beatrix Potter's idyllic villages. For each story a different border runs along the top of the page: e.g., knickknacks for "Little Owl Redecorates" and lily pads for "Mudpuppy's Picnic." At times, both stories and pictures border on the cute and sentimental but fortunately, not enough to occlude the overall effect. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Rylant introduces delightful animal characters living in a small-town environment. Reminiscent of the work of Beatrix Potter and A. A. Milne, the stories imbue the animals with idiosyncratic behavior: Nigel Chipmunk is a homebody, Little Owl is a fussbudget, Copper the butterfly is flamboyant, Claudius the garter snake is indolent, and Mudpuppy the salamander is a perfectionist. Their behavior is very British; readers will find a great deal of tea drinking and tart eating on these pages. The stories themselves are sweet and contain messages on the meaning of friendship. The advanced vocabulary makes them better suited for sharing or storytimes than for beginning readers. Kneen's lovely, detailed soft-pastel illustrations emphasize the rural setting. Each chapter contains one lovely double-page spread and two half or full-page illustrations as well as delicate borders atop pages of solid text. A tasty treat.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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