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Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea Paperback – March 30, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mr. Putter & Tabby
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 30, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152009019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152009014
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Two tales about companionship mark the highly propitious start of a new series. The gentle, affecting first volume introduces elderly Mr. Putter, who decides that a cat will keep him from feeling lonely. Only kittens are available at the pet store (" 'Oh, no one wants cats, sir,' said the pet store lady. 'They are not cute. They are not peppy.' Mr. Putter himself has not been cute and peppy for a very long time"). At the animal shelter, however, he finds Tabby, a decidedly old yellow-and-white cat who needs a friend, too. In the second installment, quicker paced if less true to life, Mr. Putter and Tabby offer to take care of a neighbor's bulldog, Zeke, only to discover that Zeke isn't the darling "little lollypup" his owner believes him to be. Rylant's ( Missing May ; the Henry and Mudge series) texts, each broken into three short chapters, reflect admirable concern for brevity and meticulous consideration of every word. They are in perfect sync with Howard's expressive sketches, which slip abundant visual jokes into sunny, transparent watercolors and gouaches, and fluid pencil and pastel scribbles. Because the animals aren't strongly anthropomorphized, a sense of realism prevails, and the overall effect is sweet but never schmaltzy. Winsome and warmhearted, these books could become instant favorites. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-Tired of living alone, Mr. Putter finds himself a perfect pet at an animal shelter. It is an old yellow cat with creaking bones and thinning fur who seems to be "a little deaf." But after all, "Mr. Putter creaked, his hair was thinning and he was a little deaf, too." Rylant's charming story of two elderly characters is complemented and enhanced by Howard's delightful illustrations, done in pencil, watercolor, and gouache. Mr. Putter's senior status and the style of illustration are reminiscent of James Stevenson's pictures for Helen V. Griffith's Grandaddy's Place (Greenwillow, 1987). A finely crafted beginning reader.
Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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Good book to have for the beginning reader, too.
Macan
Rylant's writing In Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea says it all and says it well.
Dotsy Adams Liles
This is a story about a fundamental human need, that of companionship.
Charles Ashbacher

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "alleah" on July 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Mr. Putter and Tabby series are the sort of books that I would have loved to have when I was a beginning reader. I know that I would have read them over and over again to no end, even once they began to fall apart from constant use. That's why I am so glad that Mr. Putter and Tabby are around now while my youngest brother is learning to read. The non-repetitious, non-rhyming storytelling contained within the books makes them a pleasure to read continually, unlike many other easy-reader books. And in my opinion, the Mr. Putter and Tabby books are a step in front of Ms. Rylant's Henry and Mudge collection, due to the fact that, in their own way, they create an appreciation for the elderly as the reader comes to love Mr. Putter, the aging main character whose only companion is his cat, Tabby.
In Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea, the first book in the series, Mr. Putter comes to know Tabby. During the first chapter, Mr. Putter expresses the feelings of loneliness and the desire for companionship that the elderly so often have. Thereafter, he chooses to adopt a cat, and the story continues to describe the affection they gain towards each other.
Mr. Howard's cartoon-style illustrations greatly enhance this wonderful story, which is written in such a format to be used as either a 3-chapter book for the beginning reader, or a bedtime story that is longer in length, opening into a possible discussion with your child about the significance of friendship in the elderly person's life. Either way, the Mr. Putter and Tabby books would be a great find for emerging readers' shelves. Like having a kindly old grandpa next door, they only make life richer!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It would be extremely difficult to find a better first reader than any of the twenty some books in the Mr. Putter and Tabby series. It would be even more difficult to find anything to criticize in any of these books. Now I realize that nothing is perfect and if you look long enough and are one of those unfortunate individuals who by nature try to find fault at all cost, you may be able to come up with something, but for the life of me I cannot figure out what it could possibly be.

Briefly, in this offering, we find how Mr. Putter and Tabby got together. Mr. Putter lives alone in a very nice old Victorian house and lives alone. In the morning he enjoys his English Muffins, in the afternoon his tea and in the evening he is bursting with many fine stories to tell. But alas, he has no one to share is muffins, tea or stories with. During the day Mr. Putter putters in his wonderful garden and takes naps in his hammock. He has a rather full life but again, alas...he has no one to share it with.

Mr. Putter decides he wants a cat. He goes to the pet store but finds they have no cats, only kittens who are cute and peppy. Mr. Putter does not want cute and peppy, he wants a can. He is directed to the local shelter where he is assured he will be able to find the cat he is searching for. And indeed he does! Tabby is an old cat and her hair was thinning, her bones creak and she is becoming just a little deaf. As chance would have it Mr. Putter's hair is thinning, his bones creak and he too is becoming a bit deaf! This is a perfect match!

The author, Cynthia Rylant is an absolute master story teller and an absolute master at getting the most mileage out of each word she puts to the page. The syntax is so sparse that it puts one in mind of reading a well written Haiku.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Woodington on May 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
With astonishing economy of words, Rylant sketches a life of solitude, then the beauty of companionship, in a way that can be appreciated by a young child, an adult, and everyone in between. All the "Mr. Putter and Tabby" books are good, but this one has an internal narrative power that the others sometimes lack. In effect this is a story of mutual redemption, with a happy ending but (for adults) a poignant aftertaste.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This story teaches a wonderful lesson about aging and loneliness, as well as adopting animals from shelters. It is done with taste and humor. The illustrations are perfect. My five-year-old was "reading" the book to me within three days!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 1996
Format: Turtleback
I came across Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea recently when visiting the wonderful Rosetree Cottage tearoom and gift shop in Pasadena, California. I purchased it as a treat for myself and wish I now had copies for my friends. It's a small book, simple to read with nice illustrations. It's a collector's item for catlovers and tea enthusiasts alike. It tells the story of elderly Mr. Putter living alone and wishing he had a cat as a companion. He searches for and finds an older cat with similar qualities as himself. He chooses and takes home this tabby and they become close friends and companions enjoying each other's company including having tea together
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Format: Paperback
This is a story about a fundamental human need, that of companionship. Mr. Putter is an old man who lives alone, has muffins in the morning and tea in the afternoon. He works in his yard during the day, but there is no one to do it with. Therefore, Mr. Putter decides to get a cat.

He goes to a store, but all they have is kittens, which have too much energy for him. The clerk suggests that he go to a shelter, which he does. While there, he finds an old yellow cat whose bones creak; hair is thinning and appears to be a little deaf. All characteristics shared by Mr. Putter.

Once he gets the cat home, he names him Tabby. They hit it off immediately, becoming the best of friends and Mr. Putter is once again enjoying life. It is a charming book with a powerful and correct social message about how the elderly live their lives.
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