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Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold

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Overview

Even though Tabby tries to keep him warm, Mr. Putter catches a cold in this cozy addition to the Mr. Putter & Tabby series.

Mr. Putter is feeling a bit— Achoo! —under the weather. And as everyone knows, it's no fun to be old with a cold. Luckily, Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog, Zeke, know just what to do to help Mr. Putter feel better.

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Overview

Even though Tabby tries to keep him warm, Mr. Putter catches a cold in this cozy addition to the Mr. Putter & Tabby series.

Mr. Putter is feeling a bit— Achoo! —under the weather. And as everyone knows, it's no fun to be old with a cold. Luckily, Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog, Zeke, know just what to do to help Mr. Putter feel better.

Snuggle up with these beloved characters as they enjoy the comfort of friendship—and a good book—in this cozy addition to the Mr. Putter & Tabby series.

Author Biography: Cynthia Rylant is the acclaimed author of more than eighty books for young people, and her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives on an island in Puget Sound, Washington.

Arthur Howard is best known as the illustrator of the Mr. Putter & Tabby series. He has also written and illustrated three picture books of his own: Hoodwinked ; When I Was Five , an ABA's Pick of the Lists and a Crayola Kids Best Book; and Cosmo Zooms , an IRA-CBC Children's Choice. He lives in New York City.

When Mr. Putter catches a cold, his friend Mrs. Teaberry sends over some special treats to help him feel better.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A number of familiar characters return in beginning reader sequels. In Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Arthur Howard, Mr. Putter is miserable: "Colds aren't so much fun when you're old." Luckily, Mrs. Teaberry makes it better with chicken soup, tea with honey and a little help from her bulldog, Zeke.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Another sweet story about Mr. Putter and his cat. In this title, he goes outside into the snow without his hat and pays the price. He laments that it's no fun getting a cold now that he's an old man. As a boy, he almost enjoyed it because his mother would ply him with hot soup, mint tea, and adventure books. When his neighbor finds out he's sick, she sends her dog, Zeke, over, first with soup, then with mint tea. Finally, she sends him over with his favorite book, an adventure story about a brave dog. Mr. Putter, Tabby, and Zeke huddle in bed and read together. When the book is finished, Mr. P. declares that this is the best cold he's ever had. Howard's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations match the story perfectly and extend the humor in the gentle, easy-to-read narrative.-Lynda S. Poling, Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
There is a note of melancholy in this tale from Putterland, a place more typical of mirth and everyday adventures that have sprung a leak. Here, Mr. Putter is laid low by a cold--Howard decks him out with dark circles under his drooping lids and a palpable malaise--and "colds aren't so much fun when you're old," he says to his cat Tabby. You don't have to be over 40 to feel the sting of that sentiment. Nor does it help that, Tabby excepting, Mr. Putter lives alone. So as not to slip ever deeper into the existentialism of it all, Rylant sends Mr. Putter's neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, to the rescue. Well, she's not allowed over because Mr. Putter doesn't want her to get his cold, so she sends an emissary, her dog Zeke, who shuffles over with chicken soup and then hot tea in a thermos and finally, best of all, an adventure book. All these goodies remind Mr. Putter of those bygone days when he was a kid with a cold, when "he had almost liked colds. He always got spoiled." He gets spoiled again now, but not before that creeping ache has stolen over the story, testifying to the need for friendships, acts of mercy, and simple kindness. A powerful piece of Putter. (Easy reader. 6-9)
From the Publisher

Praise for the Mr. Putter & Tabby series:
Winsome and warmhearted, these books could become instant favorites."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"If you have a young reader at your house who has yet to meet Mr. Putter and Tabby, you will not regret a visit to the nearest library or bookstore to check out this delightful series."--Home Education Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418952204
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Mr. Putter and Tabby Series
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


CYNTHIA RYLANT is the acclaimed author of more than eighty books for young people, and her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

ARTHUR HOWARD is the illustrator of the Bubba and Beau series by Kathi Appelt as well as several other popular pictuer books of his own. He lives in New York City.

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