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Toot & Puddle Hardcover – September 1, 1997


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The activities of a homebody and an enthusiastic world traveler are contrasted in illustrations brimming with humor. Two anthropomorphic pigs live in the country setting of Woodcock Pocket. There, Puddle turns his head to the sun streaming in his kitchen window as he makes popcorn on the stove. Meanwhile, Toot peers at the globe with a magnifying glass, planning an ambitious trip. He asks Puddle along, but goes forth alone, and from then on, the experiences of the two are laid side by side on the double-page spreads. A monthly postcard from Toot is reproduced over an illustration from his year-long adventure (scaling cliffs in the Alps, visiting an Italian pastry shop, taking a camel ride through Egypt, etc.), and a sort of reply comes from a scene of Puddle savoring events on the home front: gathering maple sap for syrup, playing in spring mud, painting a self-portrait, or trying out a Halloween mask. In Hobbie's expert watercolors are dozens of inventive touches--Puddle wearing a shower cap in the bath, Toot floating among hippos, some of his limbs breaking the surface in a subtle mimicry of their stances, funny allusions to famous art or locales; the book and its heroes are endearing, and readers will want to see more of Woodcock Pocket soon. (Picture book. 4-7) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years. She is the creator of many books, including the New York Times bestselling picture book series, Toot & Puddle, an illustrated memoir entitled The Art of Holly Hobbie, and most recently, Fanny. Holly lives with her husband in Conway, Massachusetts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 320L (What's this?)
  • Series: Toot & Puddle
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316365521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316365529
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

Customer Reviews

The illustrations are charming and beautifully done.
K. Carson
Friendship: How two very different people can be very good friends.
jeannine: waddleeahchaa
I would recommend this book to all people with young children.
Deborah L. Woodstuff

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a 30-year old woman. I have no children. I don't even have any nieces and nephews. But I love Toot and Puddle. I have a couple of the books and even the little Toot and Puddle dolls. Why? Because the books are comforting - they are like having someone meet you at the door on a cold day with a hot cup of cocoa and a plate of cinnamon toast. The colors in the pictures are so beautiful. Reading the books in the series and looking at the pictures can cheer me up after a bad day. Toot and Puddle are sweet and charming without being saccharine - there are very real character traits in each one and it is interesting to see the differences between the adventurous Toot and the homeloving Puddle. Like many other fine "children's" books, this one holds up when an adult reads it because of the basic truth of the personalities of the characters - the fact that there are real human traits given to these little pigs.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a book I give to all my friends with children as a gift. It has the sweetest message about appreciating differences, being friends and enjoying life!
I have been a 2nd grade teacher for 5 years and this is one of my favorite picture books for children...and I've read hundreds. The illustrations are magnificent too. Happy reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Mom Lady on April 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I live overseas and my adult daughter bought this book for me for my 42nd birthday. She inscribed it "To Toot, Love From Puddle - you'll understand after you read the book". And the book is so true of OUR relationship. We've lived all over the world but now our daughter is married with a home of her own - filled with momentos of travels when she was young as well as things I've given her from the place we now live. A wonderful expression of our own relationship - this book hit the nail on the head! Now I just need to get in that postcard habit....!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Salami on June 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Toot & Puddle demonstrates different interests of two friends. Both of them enjoy what they are doing while Toot shared each adventure by sending postcards to his best friends. I like the moral of friendship behind what could be easily learnt by a toddler.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah L. Woodstuff VINE VOICE on May 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My daughter, husband and I read this book for the first time snuggled in our bed before bed last night and we all enjoyed it very much.
The illustrations are great.
The book shows that two people, or pigs, can be best friends and be their own person. I also enjoyed that the characters kept in touch through post card writing.
I would recommend this book to all people with young children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha W. Mckevitt on August 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. I could look at Holly Hobbie's charming watercolors all day. These pigs are so adorable and they are captured in breathtaking settings- a meadow picnic, in a beautiful fall day. All ages would find this a lovely book to look at.
The story reminds readers that friends may persue diverse interests, but still have a speacial bond. This is a message that children (as well as adults) will find comforting.
I was alwyas a fan of Holly Hobbie's little sunbonnet girls,
but love these charming litle pigs as much! A great book that is fun to read again and again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By drexmo on October 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! The adorable illustrations caught my eye immediately. Secondly, I was impressed with Toot's enchanting trip to various spots around the world. But most of all, I loved the message of friendship that endures across space and time even when the friends have different interests. Puddle's joy in the pleasures that one can have "back home" are given equal weight to Toot's travels. While the two think of each other often, neither mopes; both continue to enjoy themselves and look forward to telling each other about their adventures when they reunite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on October 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
With similar whimsey & detail as Beatrix Potter's beloved Peter Rabbit books, Holly Hobbie's delightful pictures infect this lively tale of two piggy friends who enjoy very different ideas about traveling & staying home.
For anyone who has never lived in snow & for everyone who yearns to travel. For all of us who love staying home & the rest who look for adventures, Holly Hobbie has created a delightful, tender & funny story of two pals who have so much in common & like themselves enough to let each other be who they are...
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