Top of the World (Toot and Puddle Series)

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When Puddle wakes up one morning, Toot is missing! Although Puddle usually prefers to stay home in Woodcock Pocket, his concern for his best friend prompts him to set off. Puddle takes a train and then a plane, and eventually finds himself in a far-away place. And who do you think he finds? Holly Hobbie's story of a friendship that extends to the top of the world will be welcomed by the many fans of Toot and Puddle.

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Overview

When Puddle wakes up one morning, Toot is missing! Although Puddle usually prefers to stay home in Woodcock Pocket, his concern for his best friend prompts him to set off. Puddle takes a train and then a plane, and eventually finds himself in a far-away place. And who do you think he finds? Holly Hobbie's story of a friendship that extends to the top of the world will be welcomed by the many fans of Toot and Puddle.

Author Biography: Holly Hobbie lives with her husband in Conway, Massachusetts.

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.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The two little stars of Toot & Puddle and A Present for Toot are feeling wanderlust and traveling the globe in a sweet, high-spirited picture book by acclaimed author Holly Hobbie.

Puddle wakes up one morning to find that Toot has gone for a walk, but when he doesn't return by that evening, his piglet friend begins to get worried. Venturing into the woods to no avail, Puddle goes looking for him and discovers that footprints are leading through the trees and to the train tracks. On a hunch, Puddle decides to take the train to the city and a shuttle to the airport, and he winds up flying to Coucou Poche, France, where Toot is happily partaking in berets and baguettes. Following their whims -- because "that's how whims are" -- the two take off again for Nepal and climb Mount Everest together, afterward realizing that "when the time comes," it's always wonderful "to get back home."

Hobbie's darling watercolors and a worldly story line make this Toot & Puddle treasure ideal for whimsical adventure seekers young and old. The piglets' friendship is warm and cozy, reflecting the Holly Hobbie we adore, and the book encourages readers to head out and enjoy life. There can be no better tour guides than Toot and Puddle, and curious readers will be thrilled to tag along as they journey to different parts of the world. These roaming pals are just the ticket. Matt Warner

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."
*Kirkus

"Wonderfully on target for young children."
*Booklist

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."
*Kirkus

"Wonderfully on target for young children."
*Booklist

Publishers Weekly
Hobbie's winsome pigs are traveling again, up Orchard Hill and through the woods to the top of the world, but this time the various themes of the book are less integrated. What begins as a tender story about the fear of loss and friendship quickly becomes a less substantial picaresque adventure that relies heavily on readers' knowledge of previous Toot and Puddle books. Toot leaves a note for Puddle, "Gone for a walk. Be back soon." But when he doesn't return by nighttime, Puddle envisions him "[tumbling] into a hole... or something even worse." The sweetly touching illustrations of timid Puddle imagining wolves and confronting the dark woods are so successful that the lighthearted action in the last half seems almost like a different book. Fortunately for the implausible plot, Puddle's own whimsical choices lead him directly to the same place as his missing friend ("Which way would I go... if I was Toot," he asks himself). One of the strengths of this series is its appeal to both young and old alike, but here young readers who worry about parents and friends leaving and not coming back may find it hard to excuse Toot's egocentric search for adventure and his lack of consideration for Puddle. Nonetheless, Hobbie's expert and endearing paintings, some of which are standouts in the series, will appeal to her many fans. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Make way for piglets! Here come the rosy little charmers, Toot and Puddle, in a new adventure that takes them around the world to new heights—literally. Puddle tracks the missing Toot all the way to Provence, where together they catch a plane to Nepal and climb an immense snowy peak—can it be Everest? Home is best, though, and next we see the two piglets grinning blissfully in their own garden hammock. Hollie Hobbie's delightful watercolors allow the youngest readers to share the joys and fears of the world travelers as they journey by train, bus, plane, and hoof. Especially effective are some of the two-page spreads, like the one of Puddle sitting all alone in the open door of a huge freight car with his walking stick and tiny backpack. The humor and the warmth of friendship portrayed make this whimsical tale a natural for reading to a group or for sharing one on one. 2002, Little Brown, Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316033848
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Series: Toot and Puddle Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 255,017
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

    Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie

    Having been a fan of Holly Hobbie for years, and the fact that I am a teacher, PLUS the fact that I just returned from a month in Nepal.....made this book a "must" purchase for me!!!!!

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

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    Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite ¿Top of the World:

    Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite

    “Top of the World: Toot & Puddle,” written by Holly Hobbie and shared in an audio version, is an adorable story of friendship for young children that adults too will enjoy listening to. Puddle sees a note on the table when he wakes up one morning from Toot saying that he has gone for a walk and he will be back soon. Puddle misses Toot that day, but when he has not arrived home by dinner time, he is worried and decides to go searching for him. Puddle finally finds Toot far away from home and they decide to climb to the top of the highest mountain in the world. They both come to the conclusion that they like to go away on trips, but they love to get back home and they also enjoy doing the adventure together.

    This is an adorable story of friendship and also of the feeling of home. While it is nice to get away, have new experiences, and travel, it is also a nice feeling to return home. This is a cute way to share this point and remind everyone that there really is no place like home. Also, there are so many elements of what makes a good friend throughout the book that it would be a great book to share with children to teach social/friendship skills as well. Children will enjoy listening to this story as it is short enough to hold their attention and the voices are entertaining and easy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Toot and Puddle are great stories for kids

    My son loves all the Toot & Puddle books, but this is one of his favorites! We read it alot and have given it as gifts to many of his friends. We really enjoy the Toot & Puddle series. They are easy to read and my son enjoys all the wonderful drawings that go along with each story. I would recommend these books to anyone! We just love them!

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Learn about the world

    These stories are always great at teaching geography and about other cultures. My daughter loves these stories.

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