Young readers can learn a lot about friendship from Toot and Puddle, two delightfully different pig pals who've starred in Holly Hobbie's Toot & Puddle, Toot & Puddle: A Present for Toot, Toot & Puddle: You Are My Sunshine, and Toot & Puddle: Puddle's ABC. Now, these beloved best friends are back in a warm and whimsical Christmas tale that celebrates the spirit of the holiday.
Toot is away in Scotland for a family reunion -- where Great-Great-Aunt Peg gives him a lucky nut to hold on to. But luck isn't on his side when his flight home is delayed...and he's in danger of missing Christmas. In the meantime, Puddle frantically prepares for the holiday -- baking Toot's favorite fruitcake, making paper chains, and decorating the tree. But as he and Tulip stare out into the snowstorm on Christmas Eve, the spirit of the holiday is lost on him, without his dear friend Toot by his side.
Toot, having landed in Boston in the midst of the storm, has no way to get back to Woodcock Pocket. He trudges through the snow, clutching his lucky nut, wishing he was home. Then, amid the cold and darkness, Toot is picked up by a mysterious stranger in a twinkling sleigh, who makes his wish come true. Toot and Puddle are joyously reunited and go to sleep, anxiously awaiting morning -- and Christmas.
Holly Hobbie's evocative watercolor illustrations and delightful details -- including shiny Christmas ornaments on the cover -- highlight this magical story. A wide range of expressions and emotions are captured with wit and charm, and the appealing piggies will once again win reader's hearts. Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas celebrates the joys of travel and adventure...as well as the pleasure of coming home again. And most of all, this gentle, heartwarming book celebrates the special bond of friendship -- and the devotion and faithfulness that exists between best friends. (Jamie Levine)