A Present for Toot (Toot and Puddle Series)

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It's Toot's birthday, and Puddle wants to get him the best present ever! He goes to the Blue Ox Bookstore, but he can't find the right book. He visits a hardware store, a sports shop, an appliance store - but nothing is quite special enough for his best friend. Puddle wonders if he will ever find the perfect gift in time for the party, but just as he is about to give up, Toot's present finds him.

With a delightful mix of humor, warmth, and a classic style all her own, Holly ...

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It's Toot's birthday, and Puddle wants to get him the best present ever! He goes to the Blue Ox Bookstore, but he can't find the right book. He visits a hardware store, a sports shop, an appliance store - but nothing is quite special enough for his best friend. Puddle wonders if he will ever find the perfect gift in time for the party, but just as he is about to give up, Toot's present finds him.

With a delightful mix of humor, warmth, and a classic style all her own, Holly Hobbie captures all the magic, fun, and joy that surrounds birthdays and celebrations. Best of all, this deluxe paperback edition comes with a greeting card that kids can punch-out, personalize, and send off to someone special.

When he just about gives up trying to find the right birthday gift for Toot in Pip's Pet Shop, Puddle needs to look no further because the special present finds him.

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Gleefully illustrated with watercolor scenes of Toot and Puddle standing among the autumn leaves as Toot tries to bird watch while Puddle tries to think of the perfect birthday present for his friend. Puddle then shops and shops until, yes, he is about to drop, but he cannot find that ideal gift. Toot is unusual and his gift must be extraordinary as well. Puddle finds a red-handled hammer, a big shiny bowling ball and many books he himself would like, but he reminds himself that it is not Puddle's birthday, it is Toot's birthday. Puddle finally winds up at the pet store where he muses aloud that the animals are too ordinary for Toot. A parrot named Tulip overhears and informs Puddle that he is no ordinary pet. In fact says the bird, "You could say that I'm exotic." Puddle buys the expensive bird for his friend, but then has reason to believe he may have made a mistake. Surprisingly, Toot is happy with his gift and the two friends, along with Tulip the parrot, set off for a walk through the woods.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this follow-up story to Toot and Puddle (Little, Brown, 1997), Puddle is having a difficult time shopping for the right birthday gift for his best friend. He wants to give his pal something special and out of the ordinary. Then he comes across a present that he thinks will be perfect...or will it? Hobbie beautifully depicts these two appealing pigs in expressive and detailed watercolors. Her paintings have the look of a bygone era without appearing dated. The pictures are awash with a broad spectrum of colors ranging from golden yellows to pale pinks and misty aqua. The illustrations effectively convey the tone of the story with lighting that ranges from bright and cheery to dark and subdued. Toot and Puddle will fit right in with other favorite friends such as Cynthia Rylant's Henry and Mudge (S & S), James Howe's Pinky and Rex, and especially Helme Heine's "Friends" books (both Atheneum).-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Hobbie's porcine characters (Toot and Puddle, 1997) are back in a sweet but disjointed effort. Toot's birthday is coming up, and Puddle doesn't know what to get him—-nothing is special enough for his extraordinary friend. After combing several stores, he finds a unique present waiting in the pet shop: Tulip, a chatty, but expensive parrot who needs a home. After taking Tulip home, Puddle learns that Toot finds parrots loud and squawking. Puddle doesn't want to abandon Tulip; he's also worried that the parrot may not like their neighborhood. He surprises Toot with the pet anyway, and to his relief, Toot loves his present. The storyline has too many gaps, but Hobbie's watercolors are delightful, and Puddle's search for the perfect present is endearing. (Picture book. 3-6) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316167048
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/7/2009
  • Series: Toot and Puddle Series, #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 329,897
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years. She is the creator of many books, including the New York Times bestselling picture book series, Toot & Puddle, an illustrated memoir entitled The Art of Holly Hobbie, and most recently, Fanny. Holly lives with her husband in Conway, Massachusetts.

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