Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears

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Written by established authors, this book follows the prescribed formula for all beginning readers: they have large print, simple words, plenty of space between lines, and just enough pictures to keep the reader from feeling overwhelmed by the text.

When he gets too old to climb up the ladder, Mr. Putter and his cat Tabby figure out an ingenious way to pick pears for pear jelly.

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Overview

Written by established authors, this book follows the prescribed formula for all beginning readers: they have large print, simple words, plenty of space between lines, and just enough pictures to keep the reader from feeling overwhelmed by the text.

When he gets too old to climb up the ladder, Mr. Putter and his cat Tabby figure out an ingenious way to pick pears for pear jelly.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-3In this fourth book about the two seniors who are special friends, Mr. Putter dreams about the many ways he will use his ripe tomatoes, applesand especially pears. But when he tries to climb the ladder to pick the green edibles, his cranky legs force him to stay on the ground. Remembering his younger days, he makes himself a slingshot and uses fallen apples as ammunition. Unfortunately, he is unable to hit his targets. But what fun to sling those apples and watch them go ``...over the tree, over the chimney, over the house.'' The next day, he and his old cat Tabby feel sorry for themselves until their neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, arrives with her dog and a feast of apple turnovers, pies, jelly, and cider. Mr. Putter then decides what to do about the pearsjust wait for them to fall. Rylant's originality continues in this autumnal adventure. She uses repetition to reinforce vocabulary development and word recognition; however, she also uses both simple and compound sentences, dialogue, and expressive language so that the story is neither stilted nor boring. Howard's watercolor illustrations fit the text perfectly, providing humor and warmth.Mary Ann Bursk, Bucks County Free Library, Levittown, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152002466
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Mr. Putter and Tabby Series
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 104,850
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author


Cynthia Rylant is a Newbery Medalist and the author of many acclaimed books for young people. She's well known for her popular characters for early readers, including Mr. Putter & Tabby and Henry & Mudge. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her website at www.cynthiarylant.com.

Arthur Howard created the lively illustrations for all of the Mr. Putter & Tabby books and has written and illustrated several picture books of his own. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

1 Pear Jelly
2 Cranky Legs
3 Zing!!!!!
4 Juicy Days
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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    This was my absolute favorite book as a little girl, and now tha

    This was my absolute favorite book as a little girl, and now that I'm going to have a child of my own, I can't wait to share Mr. Putter and Tabby's enchanting, funny little story. And juicy tomatoes, apples, and pears! Yum!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    What a great story!

    This story is hilarious! I read it to my second grade class and we laughed out loud the entire time. I highly recommend this story to everybody. Zing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    Laugh Out Loud Fun

    I heartily recommend reading about the adventures Mr. Putter and his sweet, orange-striped cat Tabby have during the course of their day. Mr. Putter loves Fall due to ripe pears, which he makes into pear jelly. He and Tabby decide to pick the fruit from the tree in his yard, but can't due to 'cranky legs, cranky knees and cranky feet'. Who can't relate to that problem? He thinks of an ingenious solution to get the pears, but it backfires. However, all is not lost!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2005

    Surprise after surprise

    My grandson's first grade teacher sent this book home as a reading comprehension homework assignment. Every few pages we laughed so hard that I had to stop reading until we could calm down. We read it four times and he laughed each time at the end. It's a great story!

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