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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.