Multifaceted author Cynthia Rylant is the creator of picture books, poetry, short stories, and novels. Raised primarily in West Virginia by both her mother and her maternal grandparents, Rylant had a rustic but happy childhood. Her first book, WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS, is a reflection of her childhood and was named a Caldecott Honor Book. Her 1985 work, THE RELATIVES CAME, also received that honor. In addition to these picture books, Rylant is well known for her easy-reader series that focuses on the adventures of a boy named Henry and his lovable dog, Mudge. Her young adult novel A FINE WHITE DUST was named a Newbery Honor Book in 1987.
An author and illustrator of children's books, Mark Teague graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a degree in U.S. history. He became interested in creating books for young readers while designing window displays for a Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York City. His first book, THE TROUBLE WITH THE JOHNSTONS was published in 1989. Mark Teague has also illustrated several children's books under the pen name Elroy Freem.
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Three vignettes about Poppleton the pig. In the first story, Poppleton finds it difficult to throw anything away when he does some spring cleaning. In the second, he attempts to buy a new bicycle, and in the third, the happy pig spends the night outside in his new tent. Color pencil and acrylic illustrations accompany the text of this beginning reader book.