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.
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.