Ereth's Birthday (Poppy Stories Series)

Ereth's Birthday (Poppy Stories Series)

by Avi, Brian Floca

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Overview

The fourth book in the beloved Poppy series by Newbery Medal–winning author Avi, with illustrations from Caldecott Medal–winning artist Brian Floca.

Erethizon Dorsatum—better known as Ereth, the self-centered, foul-tempered old porcupine—is having a birthday. And he fully expects his best friend Poppy, a deer mouse, to help him celebrate in a grand manner.

But Poppy has gone off somewhere with her husband, Rye, and it appears she has forgotten all about it. "Belching Beavers," says Ereth, "I am not angry!" (Though perhaps he is—and more than just a little.)

Ereth knows his special occasion deserves a special treat—even if he has to get it for himself. And what treat could be more special than tasty salt? But the nearest salt is located deep in the forest, in a cabin occupied by fur hunters, who have set out traps to capture the Dimwood Forest animals.

In one of the traps, Ereth finds Leaper the Fox—who, with her dying breath, begs the prickly porcupine to take care of her three boisterous young kits, Tumble, Nimble, and Flip. "Jellied walrus warts!" Ereth exclaims, but reluctantly agrees.

Certainly this day is not going as he planned—and it's only just the beginning! Not only does Ereth suddenly have a rambunctious new family to take care of, but he's being stalked by Marty the Fisher, the one creature in Dimwood Forest who can do him harm.

And Bounder, the father of the three little foxes, remembers all too well the nose full of quills he got a while back from the grumpy old animal who now fancies himself the leader of the den. He too sets out to show Ereth who's boss.

Throw in an unexpected snowstorm, and all in all, it adds up to one birthday Ereth the porcupine is never going to forget, not even if he lives to be a hundred and twenty-two!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756907747
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publication date: 03/01/2001
Series: Poppy Stories Series
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 827,077
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Avi is the award-winning author of more than eighty-two books for young readers, ranging from animal fantasy to gripping historical fiction, picture books to young adult novels. Crispin: The Cross of Lead won the Newbery Medal, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth were awarded Newbery Honors. He is also the author of the popular Poppy series. Avi lives in Denver, Colorado. Visit him online at www.avi-writer.com.


Brian Floca, in addition to being the illustrator of the books in Avi's Poppy Stories series, is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed picture books Locomotive, winner of the Caldecott Medal; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11; Lightship; The Racecar Alphabet; and Five Trucks. You can visit him online at www.brianfloca.com.

Date of Birth:

December 23, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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Ereth's Birthday (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
jepeters333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Animal story - porcupine takes care of some foxes.
bettyjo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Avi's Dimwood Forest series and I think Ereth's birthday is my favorite. I read this aloud to two of my boys and we laughed out loud at the scene with ole' Ereth and the hunter on the snow mobile
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ereth happens upon a mother fox caught in a trap who pleads with him to look after her kits. After she dies Ereth, much to his chagrin, accepts the task but unbeknownst to him he is being stalked by Marty the Fisher. This is top-notch animal fantasy, it doesn't get much better than this! The fourth in a series is just as incredible as the previous entries. This book can also be read independently from the series (or out of order) as it revolves around a different character than the others. The 7yo was captivated with this book, he couldn't wait each day for our reading and I was cajoled into reading 3 chapters a day instead of our usual two. We laughed, we cried, we highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Third Grader read all five books ,she loved everyone. We are collecting all of the books written by Avi.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the book because it was said, exciting, and happy. It was said because the foxes mom dies. It was ecxiting because the end where the foxes save Ereth. It was happy because Ereth does not leave the foxes
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very funny (at least to me). It includes high details, good moral, and a good plot. It is one of the best story I have ever read. Avi is a good writer so I reccomend you to read this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS FUNNY YOU WILL FALL OF YOUR CHAIR LAUGHING THIS BOOK IS VERY FUNNY YOU SOULD READ THIS BOOK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on this series in the beginning of 4th grade and I'm so glad I did! Ereth really is a true hero and really deserves his present at the end. I would definately have him as my hero.