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Charming Opal (Toot & Puddle) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316366331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316366335
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Puddle's cousin Opal comes to visit Woodcock Pocket in Hobbie's latest piglet adventure. With her gamine smile, Mary Janes, sunbonnet, and pink femininity, she's a charmer and delights in playing with Toot and Puddle. The loose tooth that she has been wriggling and wobbling suddenly falls out and disappears and Puddle wrestles with the necessity of a visit from the Tooth Fairy. Does the Tooth Fairy truly come to Woodcock Pocket? Hobbie's story and humorous and expressive watercolor illustrations are perfectly tuned-in to her audience. (How does the Tooth Fairy know where to go when someone with a lost tooth is away from home?) The sight of Puddle's earnest Tooth Fairy costume with a shower-curtain gown and clothes-hanger wings will warm readers' hearts. Pair this title with Joy Cowley's Agapanthus Hum and the Angel Hoot (Philomel, 2003) to delight those with "holes in their smiles."-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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About the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of five previous and highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books, as well as an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie. The mother of grown children, she lives with her husband in Conway, Massachusetts.

More About the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of seven previous and highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books, as well as an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie. The mother of grown children, she lives with her husband in Conway, Massachusetts

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The stories and illustrations are so sweet.
Sherry Wooton
I found Charming Opal in a pile of recently published children's books at my favorite bookstore.
Elizabeth M. Timmins
Hollie Hobbie is a talented story teller and illustrator.
K. Bell

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Bookaholic on August 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Toot & Puddle are fantastic stories about two adorable pigs that highlight the differences in people and how they can get along, matched with equally rewarding illustrations resulting in perfect combinations. This time around add cousin Opal into the mix and I was reduced to a withering mass. This journey about a first loose tooth has got to be one of the best...if not the best...of the series. The expressions and actions come through loud and clear and the journey is one acted out everyday. And, well Opal is positively Charming!
Another fantastic book from Holly Hobbie and one I intend to be gifting as much as possible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Timmins on December 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I found Charming Opal in a pile of recently published children's books at my favorite bookstore. It both caught my eye and stole my heart. A light hearted story of youthful "piglet" innocence and joyful discovery, Opal's protected world comes close to shattering. Her treasured loose tooth finally falls out, but is nowhere to be found. Without a tooth to place under her pillow, the Tooth Fairy would not come. Cousin Puddle and Toot do their best to reassure her that everything will be all right.

Author Holly Hobbie remembers what it is to be a child. By accurately portraying the excitement, innocence, and angst we all experienced, her readers are drawn into and become part of the story. They can feel Opal's joy as well as her pain. This story reflects the simple and uncluttered flow of a child's mind. No complications or hidden agendas. Holly Hobbie has written six other popular Toot & Puddle picture books.

Both author and illustrator, Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for thirty years. Her skill is evident in every picture she draws. I consider Opal her most adorable character. The soft, gentle flow of both color and line add elements of warmth and comfort to the entire book. An excellent use of constrasting light and shadow intensify the mood and feeling the author is striving to portray. Text and illustrations are beautifully matched.

Of course, I shared this story with my class of kindergarteners and first graders. Their toothless grins and smiles confirmed how they felt and identified with the story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on September 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 4 year old daughter and I are big pig fans, and Toot & Puddle are among our favorites. This story is especially endearing. In it we are introduced to another sweet pig, Opal, who is Puddle's cousin. I enjoy this book because it reads more smoothly than some of the other Toot and Puddle books which rely on the charming pictures to carry the story. It is also a lovely story of friends working together to help out each other when Opal loses her first tooth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MAM on December 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Toot and Puddle series is a great series in the first place, and this book is excellent. The new character, Opal, is absolutely precious. The pictures are outstanding. I love the details in them - Opal's little Mary Jane shoes by her bed, her fun little frilly bathing suit, the beauty of Woodcock Pocket. And the expressiveness of Opal - the look on her face when she loses her tooth in the pond will break your heart. (Don't worry - it all ends well!) A very sweet story and one of my favorites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Wooton on February 25, 2011
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I bought this for my two and three year old granddaugters and read it before giving it to them and loved it. The stories and illustrations are so sweet. Some of the illustrations made me laugh out loud. Very toddler appropriate. It's a joy to read to them and plan on buying more Toot and Puddle books in the future.
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By Amy on February 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
One of our favorite books, sweet illustrations, great ending. We read it often, bought it after my daughter wouldnt forget the library one we borrowed
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By EFAnderson on April 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The flow is weird, it's so long and then abruptly ends. The relationships of characters are questionable. There is nothing "charming about opal" I didn't grow up with this series and there for am not tied to it. Don't like it at all.
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