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Toot & Puddle

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by Holly Hobbie

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Toot and Puddle are the best of friends. But when Toot leaves Woodcock Pocket to travel and see the world, Puddle chooses to stay at home. Just when Puddle begins to miss his old friend, he embarks on some of his own adventures-right at home. Finally, after Toot returns from his year-long trip, the two discover that true friendship knows no


Toot and Puddle are the best of friends. But when Toot leaves Woodcock Pocket to travel and see the world, Puddle chooses to stay at home. Just when Puddle begins to miss his old friend, he embarks on some of his own adventures-right at home. Finally, after Toot returns from his year-long trip, the two discover that true friendship knows no boundaries.

With a delightful mix of humor, warmth, and a classic style all her own, Holly Hobbie captures the all excitement and joy that surround adventures-near and far-and reminds readers that true friendship knows no boundaries.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this charming, sweetly illustrated debut picture book, home was "such a perfect place to be that Puddle never wanted to go anywhere else. Toot, on the other hand, loved to take trips." So in January when Toot goes on his "biggest trip ever," Puddle happily stays home to enjoy the snow and go ice-skating. What follows is a kind of piggy calendar as Toot's monthly postcards are juxtaposed with illustrations of Puddle's homespun activities. Toot writes, "Egypt is awesome. The pyramids are the greatest. Wish you could meet me at the oasis," and Puddle back home wishes "Toot were there to taste the pancakes." When Toot returns home in December, Puddle salutes Toot's "adventures around the world," and Toot drinks to Puddle's "adventures right at home." Although the story at times seems to oscillate between a traditional story narrative (e.g., "Yes, Puddle missed his friend") to a text that occasionally resembles picture labels (e.g.,"Meanwhile... presenting Puddle at Pocket Pond!"), the parallel stories highlight seasonal activities familiar to children (and tourist spots familiar to adults). Hobbie's detailed watercolors are reminiscent of Helen Oxenbury or Lynn Munsinger, crammed with clever and humorous details (e.g., a mountain ram crowding out a Mont Blanc-climbing Toot). Children will be reassured by the message that friends can have different interests and still enjoy one another. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
In a charming story, best friends Toot and Puddle show their young readers that friends don't always share the same interests, but can still remain good friends. Toot loves to travel, and Puddle loves to stay home. When he decides to go on his biggest trip ever, he invites Puddle to join him. But Puddle prefers to have his adventures at home. The balance of the text consists of Toot's postcards describing his adventures all around the world juxtaposed with Puddle's adventures at home. Hobbie's warm and detailed illustrations bring the different experiences of the characters to life and provide children with plenty of elements to spend hours pouring over the illustrations. The message of the text is that there is no better choice—home and abroad each have their own charms. Real friends enjoy each other and hearing about their adventures. But what will happen when Toot returns? Can the two friends regain their close friendship after such different experiences? Young readers, and the adults who will be reading to them, will enjoy finding out.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1--Footloose Toot and stay-at-home Puddle are two winsome pigs whose friendship gives credence to the motto "Vive la Difference." When January arrives, Toot decides it's time to see the world; Puddle, on the other hand, finds his delights in the familiarity of Woodcock Pocket. Through a series of postcards, readers follow Toot as he splashes with hippos in Kenya and frolics with penguins in Antarctica. Meanwhile, Puddle enjoys the correspondence but derives his satisfaction from simple domestic pleasures. At year's end, they reunite and celebrate the comfort of their very own beds in companionable bliss. In only a sentence or two per page and through the terse but telling postcards, Hobbie perfectly captures these porcine personalities. With Toot on one page and Puddle opposite, the variously sized watercolors appealingly convey their simultaneous activities and include many witty details--some sophisticated enough to charm adults sharing this story aloud. Best used one-on-one or by beginning readers, this year's worth of adventures large and small will entertain young armchair travelers and homebodies alike.--Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
The activities of a homebody and an enthusiastic world traveler are contrasted in illustrations brimming with humor.

Two anthropomorphic pigs live in the country setting of Woodcock Pocket. There, Puddle turns his head to the sun streaming in his kitchen window as he makes popcorn on the stove. Meanwhile, Toot peers at the globe with a magnifying glass, planning an ambitious trip. He asks Puddle along, but goes forth alone, and from then on, the experiences of the two are laid side by side on the double-page spreads. A monthly postcard from Toot is reproduced over an illustration from his year-long adventure (scaling cliffs in the Alps, visiting an Italian pastry shop, taking a camel ride through Egypt, etc.), and a sort of reply comes from a scene of Puddle savoring events on the home front: gathering maple sap for syrup, playing in spring mud, painting a self-portrait, or trying out a Halloween mask. In Hobbie's expert watercolors are dozens of inventive touches—Puddle wearing a shower cap in the bath, Toot floating among hippos, some of his limbs breaking the surface in a subtle mimicry of their stances, funny allusions to famous art or locales; the book and its heroes are endearing, and readers will want to see more of Woodcock Pocket soon.

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Toot and Puddle Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years. She is the creator of many books, including the New York Times bestselling picture book series, Toot & Puddle, an illustrated memoir entitled The Art of Holly Hobbie, and most recently, Fanny. Holly lives with her husband in Conway, Massachusetts.

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Toot & Puddle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite “Toot & Puddle: A Present for Toot” written by Holly Hobbie is shared in an audio version and is read by Nick Sullivan who does a great job with this version. Puddle wants to get Toot a birthday present, but Toot will not give him any ideas. Puddle goes to the bookstore and finds several books that he would love, but nothing for Toot. He goes to several other stores and finds several things for himself, but nothing that is right for Toot, nothing that is special enough for Toot’s birthday. Puddle meets Tulip, a parrot, and he cannot stop thinking about Tulip needing a home and Toot needing a present. However, it turns out that his plan and present are not working out as he thought. This is a cute story to share with children and it is filled with so many different things as it teaches thinking about others instead of yourself alone and how things may not always go as planned. Toot does not like parrots, but he likes the feather that Tulip plucks and gives to him, resulting in it being an extraordinary birthday. This book can also lead to a great discussion about how children can be friends and have different likes, dislikes and interests. There are several things Puddle would love, but they are not for Toot. In fact this is a subtle point that is made throughout the book and the differences between Toot and Puddle are highlighted again and again. Children will enjoy listening to this story as there are different voices that are used for the characters making it entertaining for them to listen to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago