Book Clubs, Brave Writer, Literature

Party school Book Club: Poppy by Avi

IMG_0920Our Arrow Book Club title this month was Poppy by Avi.  While our family uses the Brave Writer Arrow Guide during the month, many of the families participate by simply reading the book and joining in with our #partyschool fun!

I can not say enough wondering things about this delightful tale.  The descriptions are brilliant and the characters are endearing and memorable.  My entire family enjoyed this book, although my two boys and their daddy are the ones who finished every book in the series together.

Upon arrival, a sign on the front door welcomed us to Dimwood Forest.  The hostess had truly thought of everything!  The A/C had been turned up to give the forest a chilly feel and Mr. Ocax, the owl, was watching over our forest feast from a nearby perch.  We could hear other forest bird chirping in the trees thanks to the nature sounds playing in the background.

IMG_0923The forest atmosphere was captured perfectly.

Then we caught a glimpse of our Poppy inspired feast.  The delightful picnic in the forest setting was inspired by the storyline and characters in the book.

The picnic style table cloth was decorated with a variety of natural objects found in the yard.  A few scattered leaves and twigs from the yard brought the outdoor forest into the house.  The girls were eager to enjoy their treats while discussing this sweet tale.


Everyone’s favorite character, or at least a top contender, is the hilarious Ereth.  And he was waiting for them on their plates, created out of a pear, grapes and blueberries.


Of course we had Poppy inspired muffins (Poppyseed) and Poppy Punch:

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Ragweed had a special section dedicated to him and his love of Hazelnuts.  While the hershey kiss mice snacked on cheese and crackers:

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The table was lovely.


The event was a memorable #partyschool book club for sure.


During our discussion, Vickie led the girls through, “A Hero’s Journey” as it related to Poppy’s journey in the book.  Information about “A Hero’s Journey” can be found on YouTube and the internet, including this informative video using Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter and Dorothy.


After an insightful discussion, the girls moved on to an earring craft based on the earring worn by Ragweed and Poppy. The supplies were ready for each girl to select a stone and make a clip on earring to be worn on the top of their ear.  Afterwards, there were additional supplies for special necklaces and bracelets.

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Once again, the kids had a great time celebrating and connecting to literature.


(Notbefore7 is a Brave Writer Ambassador.  The Brave Writer language arts program is a core part of our homeschooling journey and I am happy to share the products we use as well as how we implement them.  Links to Brave Writer in this post are affiliate links.)

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  • Reply Julie at

    This looks so fun! Your posts and periscopes inspired my girls and I to start a book club with some friends.We had our first one today and it was a success. We did Anne of Green Gables and next month we are reading Mary Poppins. Thanks for all of the great ideas.

    • Reply at

      Julie. I am SO glad to hear it. Inspiring others is one reason I share these ideas! So glad to hear it. Mary Poppins is a great idea!

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  • Reply Beth at

    I LOVE the idea of discussing “A Hero’s Journey” as part of our discussion of Poppy! But I’m struggling a bit, worrying about how to present it to young children. Do you have any resources or advice to share about explaining the basic concept and leading the discussion? Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    • Reply at

      We used videos on YouTube – type in “hero’s journey”. There were great resources and explanations! I haven’t found a particular curriculum or book about it though.

  • Reply Sarah at

    HI there, I am trying to organize a similar party book club, and having trouble with the craft part. Is that a pierced earring, or a clip on? I can’t figure out how to do it. Thanks!

    • Reply at

      It was a clip-on earring!

  • Reply Lise McGuinness at

    Hi, Mary,
    I’m sorry to keep bugging you with book club questions! (And yet, here I go…) I feel like I remember seeing a periscope in which you showed a book-reveal party with all the year’s books in bags for the girls to discover. I wanted to re-watch it, but can’t find it. Am I imagining things? Thanks!!
    🙂 Lise

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