Teaching Fantasy Novels: From the Hobbit to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Poppy

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New York: Orchard Books, 1995, ISBN 0-531-08783-2 Recommended for grades 3 and 4


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Poppy is an animal fantasy that is set near the edge of Dimwood Forest, where a great horned owl named Mr. Ocax perches on his watching post and keeps track of all that is going on. Mr. Ocax considers all the creatures who live in this place to be his subjects, and they are only allowed to move about with his permission.

One summer night when Mr. Ocax is looking for dinner, he spies two mice. They have come out on a romantic adventure without seeking permission. Ragweed, known to be a challenging and unconventional mouse, has brought Poppy out to ask her to marry him. She is hoping he is taking her dancing. When Ragweed finds a nut and begins eating it out in the open where he might be seen, Poppy is frightened. She begs him to take cover, but he scoffs at danger. Mr. Ocax plummets down, killing Ragweed instantly.

Poppy faints, and when she awakens, she worries about what to do. She knows that she should have gotten permission to move beyond the immediate area of Gray House, where she and her family live. She also knows that Mr. Ocax demands obedience in return for protecting the mice from raccoons, foxes, skunks, weasels, and especially porcupines. She is sickened by Ragweed's death and by the knowledge that she has done wrong, and she tries to sneak home.

But Mr. Ocax is still watching, and he swoops down as Poppy runs for cover. He almost catches her, but through good luck, she escapes with only a scratch on the nose. When she

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Teaching Fantasy Novels: From the Hobbit to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Table of Contents iii
  • Introduction v
  • The High King 1
  • Poppy 11
  • Juck Everlasting 19
  • The Last Years of Merlin 27
  • The Dark Is Rising 37
  • Into the Land of the Unicorns 45
  • James and the Giant Peach 53
  • Redwall 61
  • The Tombs of Atuan 69
  • A Wrinkle in Time 77
  • Ella Enchanted 87
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 95
  • The Giver 105
  • Draganflight 113
  • The Moorchild 123
  • The Blue Sword 131
  • The Amber Spyglass 139
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 155
  • The Hobbit or There and Black Again 169
  • The Castle in the Attic 177
  • Author-Title Index 184
  • About the Author 186
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