You Are My Sunshine (Toot and Puddle Series)

You Are My Sunshine (Toot and Puddle Series)

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by Holly Hobbie
     
 

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The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the flowers are in full bloom- so why is Toot so blue? In an effort to cheer up his best friend, Puddle bakes Toot's favorite berry cobbler, takes him on a river rafting adventure, invites all of their friends over for a fun-filled day of games and sing-alongs, but nothing seems to help. Just when he is about to give

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The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the flowers are in full bloom- so why is Toot so blue? In an effort to cheer up his best friend, Puddle bakes Toot's favorite berry cobbler, takes him on a river rafting adventure, invites all of their friends over for a fun-filled day of games and sing-alongs, but nothing seems to help. Just when he is about to give up, a sudden thunderstorm hits Woodcock Pocket, flooding all of Pocket Pond. The next day, Puddle waks up to find the air cleared...and his old friend back.

With a cheerful mix of humor, warmth, and a classic style all her own, Holly Hobbie captures how the coming of a new day and good friends can help raise our spirits. Best of all, this affordable paperback edition comes with two punch-out recipe cards with step-by-step instructions that kids can follow to make a no-bake fruit cheesecake and chilled strawberry lemonade.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for You Are My Sunshine:
"Gentle watercolors add a light touch to Toot's malaise without compromising the compassion found in this graceful treatment of a delicate issue." Kirkus Reviews"

The cartoon illustrations are right on target in portraying the gist of the story and the characters' emotions, from the initial downcast, self-critical Toot to the carefree, puddle-skipping piglet at the end." School Library Journal

Praise for the Toot and Puddle series:
"In the great tradition of Frog and Toad and George and Martha come Toot & Puddle, a pair of pigs that have delighted young readers (and older ones) since their debut." Publishers Weekly"

Toot and Puddle [are] on the fast track to literary immortality." New York Times Book Review"

Every new Toot and Puddle adventure is an eagerly awaited event." Kirkus Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
What do you do when your best friend is blue? Toot won't stop moping, and his peppy pal Puddle is determined to cheer him up. TOOT & PUDDLE: YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE marks the return of Holly Hobbie's beloved pig pals in an endearing new story about friendship and feelings.

It's a beautiful day in Woodcock Pocket, but while Puddle's out having fun, Toot is at home moping. Though Puddle realizes that "everybody mopes sometimes," it still disturbs him to see his friend feeling so miserable — especially when this behavior continues for days. Puddle does everything he can think of to cheer up his pal, from making five-berry cobbler (Toot's favorite) to taking him on an adventure down the river. But while Toot dares to smile for a moment, he doesn't actually snap out of his unhappy state. As a last resort, Puddle decides to throw a party and invite everyone — because "there's nothing better than company." But even having a festive group of friends around doesn't cure Toot's melancholy mood.

Finally, Sunday morning arrives, bringing with it dark clouds and gloom. And late that night, a storm arrives — the "biggest and scariest storm Puddle could remember." It rages all night long, but Toot, unlike his friends, doesn't seem afraid. In fact, he stands outside in the pouring rain with thunder rumbling all around him. The next morning, Pocket Pond is flooded and the ground is a mess. But "the air felt different, more fresh and exciting, and the world seemed crisp and new." And the old Toot is back — with his head held high, a bounce in his step, and a smileplasteredacross his face. Finally, Toot has stopped moping, for as Puddle explains, "Sometimes you need a big whopping thunderstorm to clear the air."

A warm, wonderful story, TOOT & PUDDLE: YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE assures youngsters that it's OK to feel sad for no particular reason; it happens to the best of us. And no matter how you're feeling, your real friends will still love you. A good friend cares and tries to help you, but best of all, waits for you to find your own way back to feeling better. Toot and Puddle's enduring friendship will inspire and delight young readers. And Holly Hobbie's gentle watercolors and sweet, sunny story make Toot and Puddle two pigs kids will want to befriend forever.

—Jamie Levine

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Good news for Toot and Puddle fans-the whimsical pigs are back. This time, Toot is feeling blue, and Puddle and Tulip try to cheer him up. Nothing seems to work-not making Toot's favorite five-berry cobbler, not river rafting, not even inviting everyone from Woodcock Pocket over for games and a sing-along. All Toot can do is mope, mope, mope. A summer storm comes up, scaring everyone except for Toot, who is back to his old bouncy self by morning. "Sometimes you need a big whopping thunderstorm to clear the air," says Puddle. But Toot secretly credits his pals for his fresh outlook. The message is clear-friends have to stick by one another when they're down. The cartoon illustrations are right on target in portraying the gist of the story and the characters' emotions, from the initial downcast, self-critical Toot to the carefree, puddle-skipping piglet at the end. Uplifting as a lap book when a youngster is feeling down or paired with Hiawyn Oram's Badger's Bad Mood (Scholastic, 1998), another tale of moodiness and friendship.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kim Hubbard
Toot's in a funk and puzzled Puddle can't help him—until a thunderstorm clears the air. A lesson in weathering adversity from Hobbie's winsome pig pair.

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Kirkus Reviews
Hobbie (Toot & Puddle, 1997, etc.) brings back her winsome swine for a sympathetic look at the blues. Puddle is concerned about his good friend, Toot, who has a severe case of the doldrums. While recognizing that "everybody mopes sometimes," Puddle still wants to cheer up his buddy, attempting everything from five-berry cobbler to a wild boat ride down the rapids. Yet even an impromptu party with their friends fails to elicit any excitement from the melancholy pig. Only the passing of time and a raging thunderstorm finally alter Toot's dolorous mood. Hobbie deftly explores the neglected subject of sorrow, making clear to children that it's okay to be downcast for no discernible reason. Although Puddle's well-intentioned efforts are seemingly unsuccessful, what does succeed is that Puddle is perfectly in tune with his friend, convincing Toot and readers that they are not alone and that they will be loved even when they are not "up." Gentle watercolors add a light touch to Toot's malaise without compromising the compassion found in this graceful treatment of a delicate issue. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316167031
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
06/07/2010
Series:
Toot and Puddle Series , #3
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
201,870
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for nearly forty years and has also illustrated her own version of Hansel and Gretel and the classic poem The Night Before Christmas. She is the author of eleven acclaimed, bestselling Toot & Puddle picture books as well as Gem, Fanny, Fanny & Annabelle, and Everything but the Horse.

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You Are My Sunshine 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite “You Are My Sunshine: Toot & Puddle,” written by Holly Hobbie and shared in an audio version by Nick Sullivan, is another must-have for a child’s collection! Toot is feeling blue although it is a beautiful day out. Toot is feeling down about himself and everything. He mopes around for days. Puddle and Tulip try to cheer him up by inviting friends over to play, making his favorite cobbler, and taking him rafting; however, none of these things seems to cheer up Toot. All of a sudden one morning after a big thunderstorm, Toot is feeling better about everything. Sometimes something like that is needed to clear the air, as well as friends to make everything better. Toot is feeling blue and everyone has moments like this. However, Puddle and Tulip are not used to Toot being like this and they want to help cheer him up. This is a good story to share with children to teach them that people do have days when they feel down and this is normal and it is nice to try and help cheer them up, but sometimes they just need time to work through the “mopey” feelings. It is important to still be a good friend during these times and be there and show you care as Tulip and Puddle show throughout this book as Toot concludes, “friends are necessary.” Toot, Puddle and Tulip are characters that young children will love to listen to and spend time with. They are sure to learn good lessons from listening to the story.
Thrilled More than 1 year ago
My two boys are 17 and 19 and I have read these books to them since they were little. I call one Toot and one Puddle. They are the sunshine of my life. They will each have all these books to read to their children. They are books that make you feel so good.