The One and Only (Toot and Puddle Series)

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Bubbles is a copycat, yet she soon becomes the teacher's pet and the most popular student in class -- and Opal's friend Daphne can't stand it. How does Bubbles always win? But when it's time for the class's annual theatrical extravaganza, Opal and Daphne discover the one thing Bubbles can't do: dance. Bubbles is bound to be the weak link in the chorus line, unless someone decides to stop her.

In this, the latest of Opal's adventures, Holly Hobbie captures the subtle and ...

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Overview

Bubbles is a copycat, yet she soon becomes the teacher's pet and the most popular student in class -- and Opal's friend Daphne can't stand it. How does Bubbles always win? But when it's time for the class's annual theatrical extravaganza, Opal and Daphne discover the one thing Bubbles can't do: dance. Bubbles is bound to be the weak link in the chorus line, unless someone decides to stop her.

In this, the latest of Opal's adventures, Holly Hobbie captures the subtle and sometimes not so subtle emotions of childhood with the humor and trademark gentle wisdom of Toot and Puddle. Bring your tutu along for the read beacuse this is one story that will make you want to get up and dance.

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Bubbles seems to excel at everything. She's a good student, the teacher's pet, and the most popular student in the class; all of which drives Opal's friend Daphne crazy. Finally, though, Daphne and Opal discover Bubble's Achilles' heel: She can't dance. To puncture her reputation, the pair plot to make this goody-goody part of the class presentation chorus line. As usual, this Holly Hobbie casts a bright light on real problems and emotions that every child experiences.
Publishers Weekly
Readers may well remember the heroine of Charming Opal, the winning cousin of Toot & Puddle's Puddle. Well, there's a new student in Opal's class, Bubbles, and "for some reason, the new pupil latched onto Opal." In The One and Only by Holly Hobbie, Toot and Puddle try to convince Opal that imitation is the highest form of flattery, as Bubbles copies her clothes and costume ideas. But when Bubbles gets on Opal's last nerve, the heroine finds a way to use Bubbles's mimicry to save the class play. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Bubbles is the new girl in school and she takes a shine to Opal, so much so that she begins to copy everything that Opal does. Her Halloween costume is quite similar, her Thanksgiving card and even the snowflake she makes are all quite like Opal's. As the school year continues, she is not only a copycat but also the teacher's pet and the most popular student in class. Opal asks the advice of Toot and Puddle all year. When it is time for the spring extravaganza, Bubbles just cannot get the rhythm right for the chorus line. Opal works and works with her until she gets it. Praise from her teacher and the feeling that she did the right thing make Opal feel wonderful. Hobbie brings out Opal's feelings, as well as the feelings of the new student and how the class adapts to her. Toot and Puddle are there offering good advice for the situation. The seasonal changes in both the text and the watercolor illustrations bring the reader through the school year. The expressive pigs bring the emotional content to the forefront, while the soft shades of the illustrations do a fine job of modulating the tone. One of my favorite spreads is when the class is playing in the schoolyard in the snow. Every pig has a distinct and interesting expression. Toot and Puddle fans will be happy to have a new title. Those who are just discovering these wonderful pigs and their stories will want to search for others.
Kirkus Reviews
In Hobbie's latest offering in the series, readers revisit a familiar, beloved character, Opal, as she adjusts to the obsessive presence of a new girl in school. Toot and Puddle take a secondary role in this tale, functioning more as "agony aunts" for Opal, dispensing sage advice, comfort and commiseration. Through Opal's struggles, Hobbie gently leads readers to an understanding of the adage "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Hobbie handles this often tempestuous situation, fraught with high emotion for youngsters, with aplomb. Under the guidance of Toot and Puddle, Opal discovers that it's her kind and compassionate heart that makes her a true original. The sprightly watercolor illustrations are full of fun and the depiction of Bubbles particularly apt, conveying the full impact of her lively personality. Another satisfying, sympathetic addition to Hobbie's repertoire of slice-of-life tales. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594296683
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/5/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of eight previous and highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books, as well as an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie. She lives with her husband in Conway, Massachusetts.
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