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