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Top of the World (Toot & Puddle) Hardcover – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316365130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316365130
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Toot and Puddle fans, rejoice! The lovable pigs are back in a touching tale of friendship lost and found--literally. The story begins with a note from Toot, "Puds, Gone for a walk. Be back soon. T." But he doesn't get back soon (no surprise to Toot and Puddle fans), and by dinnertime, Toot is worried. He heads into the night, searching everywhere. He decides to think like his buddy to track him down, so he hops a train, then a bus, then gets on an airplane to Provence. And, what's this? "'Bonjour, mon ami!' Toot cheered." Once together, they head for Nepal, naturally, for the top of the world. And then they get homesick. Hollie Hobbie's gentle watercolors are as charming as ever. Children will worry about Toot, admire Puddle's loyalty, and cheer the happy ending. (Ages 3 to 7) --Karin Snelson

From Publishers Weekly

Hobbie's winsome pigs are traveling again, up Orchard Hill and through the woods to the top of the world, but this time the various themes of the book are less integrated. What begins as a tender story about the fear of loss and friendship quickly becomes a less substantial picaresque adventure that relies heavily on readers' knowledge of previous Toot and Puddle books. Toot leaves a note for Puddle, "Gone for a walk. Be back soon." But when he doesn't return by nighttime, Puddle envisions him "[tumbling] into a hole... or something even worse." The sweetly touching illustrations of timid Puddle imagining wolves and confronting the dark woods are so successful that the lighthearted action in the last half seems almost like a different book. Fortunately for the implausible plot, Puddle's own whimsical choices lead him directly to the same place as his missing friend ("Which way would I go... if I was Toot," he asks himself). One of the strengths of this series is its appeal to both young and old alike, but here young readers who worry about parents and friends leaving and not coming back may find it hard to excuse Toot's egocentric search for adventure and his lack of consideration for Puddle. Nonetheless, Hobbie's expert and endearing paintings, some of which are standouts in the series, will appeal to her many fans. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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

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Great for beginning readers as well.
CD McDonald
He loves it when Toot and Puddle finally meet up and Toot shouts "Bon jor mon ami"!
BizzyBee
Hollie Hobbie is a talented story teller and illustrator.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "racantwell" on December 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
One of the sweetest children's books I've seen this year. The illustrations are so beautiful and the story is so charming you'll come back to it again and again. The plot is simple enough for the four and five year old set, but there is enough subtle content and gentle humor to the story to satisfy the six and seven year olds too. This book would even appeal to an adult friend -- especially one who loves to travel. Finally, if you are a fan of Olivia you will feel right at home with Toot and Puddle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on December 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When Puddle got up that morning, Toot was already gone. "Puds, gone for a walk. Be back soon. T" Only Toot didn't come home that morning, or afternoon, and by dinner, Puddle had decided it was time to go out and search for him. Thinking just like his best friend, Puddle soon finds himself at the airport on a plane to Provence. "Now that was one place Toot had never been." In no time, the two old friends find each other, and after having a wonderful time in the French countryside, decide to travel on to Nepal. "They have the highest mountain in the world there..." Holly Hobbie takes the reader on another heartwarming and entertaining adventure starring her endearing pint-sized piglets, Toot and Puddle. Ms Hobbie's gentle and witty text is engaging, but it's her sweet and captivating artwork, filled with bright colors, warm humor and dazzling, playful details, that really steals the show. Youngsters 3-7, who've enjoyed the previous books in this series, will revel in this latest adventure. Toot & Puddle: Top Of The World begs to be read aloud and shared, and is a fun-filled, magical story that shouldn't be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly B. Greenwood on October 16, 2009
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We received this originally as a gift for my then year-old daughter. The sparkly snow on the front cover was very attractive to her as a baby. Now that she's two she still loves it and requests it often as a bed-time story. We have given this as a gift to other kids on their birthdays, with great reviews. All the Toot & Puddle books are great, but this is a particularly good one to start with because it's shorter and less wordy than the others. Plus it features planes, trains, buses and bicycles, which are fun to talk about with young toddlers. It's also, by the way, a great book to give if anyone in the house speaks French or can fake it to funny effect, as Toot winds up in Coucou Poche, Provence.

"Wish You Were Here," about plants and being sick, or the first Toot & Puddle, which has monthly postcards from Toot, have become more interesting as my daughter gets a little older. Also take a look at Llama Llama Red Pajama, another top favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Buffington on March 23, 2009
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Toot & Puddle is one of our favorite reads, for both the sweet stories and the illustrations. We love the characters Toot & Puddle and how they care about each other and encourage one another. The pictures are wonderful and the story always holds our interest with thoughtful observations and characterizations of these two best friends. This particular story features Hobbie's beautiful illustrations from places around the world which should get your imaginations going as you imagine traveling along with our little piggie friends! I would definitely recommend any of the Toot & Puddle stories for your preschool and elementary-aged children!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Woodson on February 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The best story lines, the best art, the best characters... I love it!
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By Mama Kate on December 31, 2013
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'eh'. Not my favorite but not a bad book. I just like the original Toot and Puddle best (which I consider a 'must have' and have bought as gifts). The Christmas book is great too. This one was not so 'quaint' and the story was so-so too.
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By K. Bell on April 7, 2013
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Hollie Hobbie is a talented story teller and illustrator. My 7 year old daughter loves these. The larger books are worth it to see the detail in the illustrations.
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By B. Clark on March 6, 2012
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Great bedtime read with the kids... they love these kinds of books - they also had to read it for the book fair nice book!
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