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Toot's Tour of India (Toot and Puddle Series)
     

Toot's Tour of India (Toot and Puddle Series)

by Holly Hobbie
 

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Toot’s adventures in India really take off when he climbs aboard an elephant called Rohini for a tour around town. The two become fast friends after Toot shares his apple and water with Rohini. Later, to thank Toot for his kindness, she takes him to see the secret, sacred elephant pool where Toot meets all of Rohini’s family. Toot is going to have an

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Toot’s adventures in India really take off when he climbs aboard an elephant called Rohini for a tour around town. The two become fast friends after Toot shares his apple and water with Rohini. Later, to thank Toot for his kindness, she takes him to see the secret, sacred elephant pool where Toot meets all of Rohini’s family. Toot is going to have an amazing story to tell when he arrives back home in Woodcock Pocket!

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Children's Literature - Paula K. Zeller
The two main characters in this book, another entry in National Geographic's "Toot & Puddle" series, are twice removed from the original watercolor piggies in author-illustrator Holly Hobbie's picture books. First adapted for an animated Nickelodeon series for preschoolers, Toot and Puddle now appear in this book series based on the show. The illustrations are typical of the made-for-TV genre but for the most part do help tell this story to young readers. Toot is the adventurous pig; Puddle is the homebody. Toot leaves for a trip to India after first thanking Puddle for taking over the garden-watering duties. Puddle is happy to do it because "friendship is like flowers"; both will "grow and grow, as long as you take care of them." As the plane lands in India, the flight attendant announces the arrival in stilted verse: "We hope you've enjoyed your flight / as in India we land . . . ." Toot observes that it "sure is noisier and more crowded here than back home," which could describe any city and certainly is not the defining feature of this unique place. A monkey helps Toot find the Jaipur Sundial, which he promptly climbs. Tired from the exertion and heat, he accepts a ride on the back of an elephant for additional sightseeing of public gardens and "many beautiful sites." The trip ends with a dive and a dip in a secret bathing pool in the jungle. Back home, the "friendship is like flowers" theme comes full circle. Fans of the characters might enjoy this book. But parents hoping to expose their preschoolers to India could find this treatment somewhat provincial. Reviewer: Paula K. Zeller

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426304187
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
02/10/2009
Series:
Toot and Puddle Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
714,825
Product dimensions:
3.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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