Poppy and Rye
Publication Date: August 2006
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Heartbroken over the death of her fiance, Ragweed, Poppy, a deer mouse, journeys west through the vast Dimwood Forest to bring the sad news to Ragweed's family. But Poppy and her prickly porcupine pal, Ereth, arrive only to discover that beavers have flooded the serene valley where Ragweed lived. Together Poppy and Ragweed's brother Rye brave kidnapping, imprisonment, and a daring rescue to fight the beavers. At the same time, Rye -- who has lived in Ragweed's shadow -- fights to prove himself worthy of Poppy's love.
Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of "Locomotive", winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal; "Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11", a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; "Lightship", also a Sibert Honor Book; and "Racecar Alphabet", an ALA Notable Children's Book. He has illustrated Avi's Poppy Stories, Kate Messner's Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's "Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring", a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.