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When Toot, a pig who loves to travel, takes a walk that turns into a trip to France and Nepal, his friend Puddle sets out to find him.
Two anthropomorphic pigs live in the country setting of Woodcock Pocket. There, Puddle turns his head to the sun streaming in his kitchen window as he makes popcorn on the stove. Meanwhile, Toot peers at the globe with a magnifying glass, planning an ambitious trip. He asks Puddle along, but goes forth alone, and from then on, the experiences of the two are laid side by side on the double-page spreads. A monthly postcard from Toot is reproduced over an illustration from his year-long adventure (scaling cliffs in the Alps, visiting an Italian pastry shop, taking a camel ride through Egypt, etc.), and a sort of reply comes from a scene of Puddle savoring events on the home front: gathering maple sap for syrup, playing in spring mud, painting a self-portrait, or trying out a Halloween mask. In Hobbie's expert watercolors are dozens of inventive touches—Puddle wearing a shower cap in the bath, Toot floating among hippos, some of his limbs breaking the surface in a subtle mimicry of their stances, funny allusions to famous art or locales; the book and its heroes are endearing, and readers will want to see more of Woodcock Pocket soon.
Posted September 3, 2012
Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite
“Toot & Puddle: A Present for Toot” written by Holly Hobbie is shared in an audio version and is read by Nick Sullivan who does a great job with this version. Puddle wants to get Toot a birthday present, but Toot will not give him any ideas. Puddle goes to the bookstore and finds several books that he would love, but nothing for Toot. He goes to several other stores and finds several things for himself, but nothing that is right for Toot, nothing that is special enough for Toot’s birthday. Puddle meets Tulip, a parrot, and he cannot stop thinking about Tulip needing a home and Toot needing a present. However, it turns out that his plan and present are not working out as he thought.
This is a cute story to share with children and it is filled with so many different things as it teaches thinking about others instead of yourself alone and how things may not always go as planned. Toot does not like parrots, but he likes the feather that Tulip plucks and gives to him, resulting in it being an extraordinary birthday. This book can also lead to a great discussion about how children can be friends and have different likes, dislikes and interests. There are several things Puddle would love, but they are not for Toot. In fact this is a subtle point that is made throughout the book and the differences between Toot and Puddle are highlighted again and again. Children will enjoy listening to this story as there are different voices that are used for the characters making it entertaining for them to listen to.
Posted April 15, 2010
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