The Perilous Performance at Milkweed Meadow

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Pub Date 21 May 2024 | Archive Date 21 May 2024

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Butternut and the meadow creatures return in this middle-grade adventure sequel that will charm animal-loving fans of The Tale of Despereaux and Clarice the Brave. Illustrated by Caldecott winner Doug Salati.

After their remarkable rescue, the meadow creatures are back—now closer than ever and with beloved rabbit Butternut still captivating them all with her storytelling. But when a dazzling group of traveling turkeys shows up and persuades the meadow creatures to join them in putting on performance, Butternut is not sure she can find her place in all the excitement. She questions her storytelling abilities compared to this new crew.

When it turns out the turkeys—and the grand show—are not what they seem, Butternut's family and friends are suddenly in imminent danger. Butternut must figure out how to trust herself and find help. In the end, the hope is that friendship will win once more.

Beautiful and arresting black-and-white illustrations bring the animals to life in this nail-biting and heartwarming story about trust: trusting our instincts, trusting our creative talents, and trusting those who know and love us, even when it’s hard.
Butternut and the meadow creatures return in this middle-grade adventure sequel that will charm animal-loving fans of The Tale of Despereaux and Clarice the Brave. Illustrated by Caldecott winner...

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A bunny must always trust her brambles. Butternut suspected from the start that those grandiose gobblers were up to no good - and she was right, is my opinion!

What an utterly delightful middle grade romp. The anthropomorphic characters are completely relatable to those of us without tails or wings. Who among us hasn't felt the sting of jealously? The temptation to fib when we feel hurt? The gloom of self-doubt?

A tale about the magic of storytelling, trusting one's gut and forgiveness, suitable for all curious creatures.

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This review was written collaboratively by an 8-year-old and 10-year-old:

Amazing Alliterations always abound at Milkweed Meadow!

I liked this book. In my opinion, it was more epic than The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow, which is the book that came before in the Milkweed Meadow series. When the traveling turkey acting group comes to Milkweed Meadow everyone wants to act. Butternut was really excited about the play but when she was not selected for the play, she was disappointed. The reason she was disappointed was because all of the other bunnies had been selected.

She was worried that nobody would want to listen to her stories because the play was so interesting, so she acted selfishly. This is the story of how she overcame the challenges. I like this book because most of the reason it is epic is the emotional connection to the main character. I felt nervous when I was reading the book because I was worried Butternut was going to get in a lot of trouble. Sometimes she messed things up but the way the author wrote about her made me care about her, so when things got messed up I really wanted her to fix things.

I liked that it taught to not judge a creature by what they are, but instead by what they do. There were many examples of this in the story, including possible predators, like a hawk. I thought that it was interesting that Butternut isn’t perfect. She makes bad choices, but in the end she does the best that she can to help the creatures of Milkweed Meadow.

My favorite character is Goosegrass, because she is funny, supportive, and I like her name. An example of Goosegrass being supportive was when she made sure that everyone was listening to Butternut’s story. I recommend this book to everyone 7-12 years old.

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I love Watership Down. So when I found out about this book, I immediately requested to read it. Some people said this book is the kids friendly version of Watership Down. I have to say that I agree with them. It’s just… this book is not Watership Down. It is enjoyable as itself.

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