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on September 22, 1999
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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on February 1, 2008
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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on October 12, 2004
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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on April 7, 1999
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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on November 29, 2001
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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on June 23, 1999
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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on March 5, 1999
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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on January 16, 2007
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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on January 9, 2008
The Mr. Putter and Tabby series is a delightful and whimsical set of tales about an older man and his pet cat. These are simple tales, no complex Russian novel-like characters with conflicted psyches (although his neighbor Mrs. Teaberry is a little strange). Arthur Howard's illustrations are a perfect match for the story - just the right mix of whimsy, expression and humor. The last illustration of Zeke looking out the window at the incoming pears still makes me laugh.

Pick the Pears is one of best in the series (along with "Walk the Dog" and "Feed the Fish"). Our kids range from five to eight and each loves the book which has put the book on heavy rotation in the bedtime story schedule.
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on February 8, 2007
I agree with all the reviews. The Mr. Putter books are all wonderful beginning-readers, but this one is especially enjoyable. My Kindergardener read it to me over the last few days, and he was laughing out loud! He really enjoyed reading this book. He thought that Mr. Putter shooting apples through the air with a sling shot was increadibly funny (as were his pink poodle underwear!) He loves the characters, Mr. Putter and Tabby. I'd recommend any book in this series for children learning to read, but I highly recommend this one because it is so much fun!
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