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Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears Paperback – September 15, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mr. Putter & Tabby
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152002464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152002466
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3?In this fourth book about the two seniors who are special friends, Mr. Putter dreams about the many ways he will use his ripe tomatoes, apples?and especially pears. But when he tries to climb the ladder to pick the green edibles, his cranky legs force him to stay on the ground. Remembering his younger days, he makes himself a slingshot and uses fallen apples as ammunition. Unfortunately, he is unable to hit his targets. But what fun to sling those apples and watch them go "...over the tree, over the chimney, over the house." The next day, he and his old cat Tabby feel sorry for themselves until their neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, arrives with her dog and a feast of apple turnovers, pies, jelly, and cider. Mr. Putter then decides what to do about the pears?just wait for them to fall. Rylant's originality continues in this autumnal adventure. She uses repetition to reinforce vocabulary development and word recognition; however, she also uses both simple and compound sentences, dialogue, and expressive language so that the story is neither stilted nor boring. Howard's watercolor illustrations fit the text perfectly, providing humor and warmth.?Mary Ann Bursk, Bucks County Free Library, Levittown, PA
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Gr. 1^-3. His "cranky legs, cranky knees, cranky feet" prevent Mr. Putter from picking the pears from his tree. Improvising a slingshot from the elastic of underwear, he sets out to knock the pears off his tree by shooting fallen apples at them. His aim is way off, but all ends happily as a neighbor discovers the apples in her yard and brings cider, pies, and jellies to Mr. Putter. The autumnal theme, a deft mix of slapstick and understatement, and a taut but colorful story will attract and satisfy beginning readers. Howard's ink-and-watercolor illustrations, reminiscent of James Stevenson's work, add character and sly humor to this latest Mr. Putter and Tabby adventure. Linda Perkins --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.

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"Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears" was one of our favorites.
Donna McFarland
What "I" love is that Cynthia Rylant has quite a knack for writing children's books.
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This is an entertaining story with fun illustrations your children are sure to enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
I brought this book to my daughter's Kindergarten class for story time and all of the children were completely enthralled while I read it to them. They particularly loved the way Mr. Putter made a sling shot out of a gift from his brother (poodle boxer shorts). This is a really sweet book, showing people being very nice and considerate, while at the same time it's very funny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eliza G. on February 1, 2008
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Some books have magic in them. You know the ones. They stay with you long after you've closed the cover. The rhythm of Ryland's words along with Howard's whimsical illustrations will have you "zinging pears" right along with Mr. Putter.

The Mr. Putter series is just about as good as children's writing gets. You can't go wrong with any one of them. But this one is our favorite.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on October 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Here is a gem in the huggable series about old Mr. Putter and his beloved old feline companion Tabby.

Mr. Putter is very happy because it is Fall and he is thinking about juicy things like apples and pears...and it just so happens he has a pear tree right outside his house. He tells Tabby they can pick the pears and make them into jelly, and both their mouths start to water.

But the problem, as we all know, is that Mr. Putter has cranky legs, and Tabby has a cranky tail...and neither of them can manage the job of climbing the ladder to pick the pears. Tabby handles it by curling into a cat circle and going to sleep. Mr. Putter handles it by accepting what he cannot change. But when the two go home...they find a BIG SURPRISE!

This book is appropriate for the youngest child through (ahem) adulthood...it can be enjoyed on levels you would not believe. Buy it for your child and hold it to your heart. You will never, ever, forget it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Mr. Putter and Tabby series has got to be the best overall series of books for children, and the adults who have to read the same books to those children over and over and over again. Mr. Putter and Tabby's adventures, especially this one, are a welcome respite to parents entirely bored with Arthur, the Critters and their ilk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ScooterMom on November 29, 2001
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I wish we lived next door to Mr. Putter! This is such a nice book. The part where Mr. Putter cuts up an old pair of boxer shorts to get elastic to make a slingshot is just silly enough to please a potty-humor-newbie, yet is still tasteful.
My son loved all the descriptions of "juicy things"...apple cider, apple pie, pear jelly, apple turnovers. Every time we read this book, he wants to make a different "juicy thing".
I love the comfortable companionship between Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as the wonderful drawings. This book makes me want to check out the other Mr. Putter and Tabby books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful way to heighten a child's awareness of aging. The story is funny, yet treats the main character with dignity. It has enough repetition to allow word-recognition by a four year old. The illustrations are priceless. It was a hit at preschool storytime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
Too many childrens' books are repetitive and rote, unimaginitative or too clever. The Mr. Putter books manage to be sweet, original, entertaining, and just a joy to read. It's debatable who likes this more -- my daughter or me. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Siobhan on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I use the Mr. Putter & Tabby books for my ESL students. Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears is their favorite. The language is perfect for either children to build vocabulary or for older language learners for translation and acquisition. The stories are cute and charming. The illustrations are delightful. They look deceptively simple, but really are extremely well done with watercolor. The artist truly brings the characters' personalities to life.

What is particularly nice is the gentle humor used and the continuing themes. Mr. Putter is constantly referred to as "old" or not receptive to silly jokes (i.e. the poodle boxers) during the books but there are flashes of his playfulness throughout the series. while he is set in his ways with his garden, his tea and his love of opera, he still loves toys, trains, car rides and planes. Mr. Putter & Tabby are perfect companions who also have a very close relationship with Mrs. Teaberry, the next-door neighbor and her good dog Zeke. Tabby and Zeke have no dialog but their personalities shines through as well.

This series of books cherishes the differences between people and respect for the elderly. It has been my honor to present seven of these books to my students. They love them. Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears is the best of the series although they are all gems.
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