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The Puddle Paperback – April 15, 2000

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From Publishers Weekly

A boy and some imaginary animal playmates have fun despite the weather. "This delectable rainy-day adventure showcases McPhail's singular ability to blend fantasy and reality," said PW in a starred review. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)
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PreSchool-K?A puddle and a few imaginary friends create a rainy-day adventure for a little boy. While attempting to sail his toy boat across the puddle, the young narrator encounters an unruly frog who hijacks the boat and recklessly crashes it into a turtle floating on his back and drinking tea. The protagonist is unable to retrieve his boat since his mother told him to stay out of the puddle. A giant alligator kindly offers to rescue it, but crushes it in his powerful jaws. An elephant drinks up the water and sprays it all over the other animals. The sun comes out, the puddle dries up, and everyone departs. Back at home, the child's mother has a hot bath waiting for him, and he happily sails his boat in peace. McPhail's sweet, watercolor illustrations are presented as vignettes against white backgrounds. The text is evenly distributed under each picture, so readers can easily follow along. A good choice for snuggling or quiet time.?Susan Garland, Maynard Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374460302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374460303
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lara goodwin on December 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My two year old loves this book, simple concept that is well developed, one of the few books I originally took out from the library and then felt compelled to go on and buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Killmer on March 19, 2007
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Lovely story with charming illustrations. Contains just the right amount of the "silly" factor to entertain, but not so much as to annoy the adult reading this story.
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Format: Hardcover
This book tells the story of a small boy who goes out to play in a puddle on a rainy day. He follows his mother's instructions carefully, about not stepping in the puddle. But the animals who come to visit have no such limitations and their antics are quite entertaining.
Although the story is fairly innocuous, small children who become anxious over breaking things may become uncomfortable when reading this story- -an alligator rescues the boy's boat from the puddle, and in the process cracks it with his mouth. In the final scene of the book, the boat is shown in the boy's bathtub, and several small readers lamented that the crack was still there. The book is quite short, with only about 200 words.
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