You Are My Sunshine (Toot and Puddle Series)by Holly Hobbie
It's a glorious day in Woodcock Pocket. The sun is shining, the birds are singing . . . and Toot is moping. So, Puddle makes Toot's favorite dessert at dinnertime, takes him out for a little adventure, and even throws a party, but nothing seems to cheer up his friend. Then a big thunderstorm with lots of mud rocks Woodcock Pocket and changes everything. With light-hearted humor and exquisitely detailed watercolor paintings, Holly Hobbie tells the story of two pigs and their enduring friendship.
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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.
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.