Come canceled flights or high snowdrifts, piglet pals Toot & Puddle will be together for Christmas in Hobbie's latest series charmer. Globe-trotting Toot, who has been in Scotland for a family reunion (and who has a tam and tartan kilt to show for it), promises homebody Puddle that he'll make it back to Woodcock Pocket for Christmas. But severe winter weather nearly derails that plan. Luckily, a magical heirloom and a certain red-suited sleigh driver help Toot along. Hobbie's chipper text and alternately cozy and funny watercolors are as winning as ever. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
It is Christmas time, and two little pigs, Toot and Puddle, anticipate their reunion for the holiday. Puddle lives in Woodcock Pocket and eagerly awaits the arrival of his best friend Toot. While Puddle rushes around preparing for what promises to be a great Christmas, Toot is doing some running around of his own. He spends some quality time with his Great-Great-Aunt Peg, who gives him a special gift—her lucky nut—and then leaves for Woodcock Pocket. An unexpected snowstorm in Boston, however, threatens to ruin the plans for the holiday. Everything is halted including trains, buses, and taxicabs. While he sits hopelessly in the snow, Toot remembers the lucky nut from Aunt Peg. He holds the nut and wishes to be with Puddle. Suddenly, a sleigh descends from the sky and its driver offers him a ride. Toot climbs aboard and is reunited with Puddle in no time. As the two fall asleep waiting for Christmas morning, they can't help but wonder at the identity of the mysterious sleigh driver. Holly Hobbie's illustrations provide us with a more thorough understanding of the scenery and what the characters look like. Her writing style is quite straight forward, but her illustrations are very detailed. Her watercolor illustrations are almost impressionistic. This book would be great to read to a first or second grade class around Christmas time. It encourages children never to lose hope. 2001, Little Brown and Company, Ages 5 to 7.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Another charmer about the anthropomorphized piggies. The peripatetic Toot is trying to return home for Christmas after a family reunion in Scotland. Back in Woodcock Pocket, Puddle delves into the holiday preparations in anticipation of his pal's return. He decorates, signs the cards with his name (leaving a blank for Toot to sign), sets the Christmas Eve dinner table-and waits. Meanwhile, Toot is delayed due to inclement weather, and when he wearily gives up, sitting in a snowbank in the woods, he wishes on the lucky nut Great-Great-Aunt Peg gave to him. He is picked up by a mysterious stranger in a sleigh and dropped off close to home. The drama of two friends trying to be reunited holds strong appeal. The whimsical watercolor illustrations and effective formatting are so attractive that children and caregivers will enjoy snuggling together to share this book.-L. F. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas:
* #1 New York Times children's bestseller"
Hobbie's chipper text and alternately cozy and funny watercolors are as winning as ever." *Publishers Weekly, starred review"
The lovable piglets are at their best-friend best in his holiday tale."
*Bulletin of the CCB, recommended book"
Children and caregivers will enjoy snuggling together to share this book."
*School Library Journal
Toot & Puddle: You Are My Sunshine:
"Gentle watercolors add a light touch without compromising the compassion found in this graceful treatment of a delicate issue."
*Kirkus, pointered review"
The illustrations are right on target."
*School Library Journal
Toot & Puddle: A Present for Toot:
* A 1998 Parents' Choice Recommendation"
Hobbie beautifully depicts these two appealing pigs in expressive and detailed watercolors."
*School Library Journal"
Hobbie's watercolors are delightful, and Puddle's search for the perfect present is endearing."
Wonderfully on target for young children."
Read an Excerpt
Toot and Puddle
Christmas Eve was only one day away.
"How can Toot possibly get home in time." Puddle said.
"He has to", said Tulip...