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Mr. Putter & Tabby Run the Race Paperback – January 18, 2010

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"One April, Mrs. Teaberry talks her friend into taking part in a marathon for seniors. Mr. Putter says he has "not run anywhere in thirty years" and has forgotten how but he decides to give it a shot since one of the prizes is a train set. He trains a little and has tea with Tabby a lot. On race day he is intimidated by how fit the other racers are and he soon falls to the back of the pack. Tabby and Mrs. Teaberry's dog, Zeke, watch from the top of a car. Unable to stay still, Zeke jumps down and joins the runners, creating chaos and some unexpected results as well. Gently humorous and with underlying messages of friendship and sharing, this is a good addition to the series. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are expressive and enliven the text."--School Library Journal

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Hardcover edition 2008
978-0-15-206069-5
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Mr. Putter & Tabby (Book 17)
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (January 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547248245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547248240
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Putter and Tabby books bring so many laugh-out-loud moments, but with this particular story I'm tickled the most when Mr. Putter is "training" for the Senior Marathon and resorts to only "touching his knees" because he can no longer touch his toes... And then on race day, sees all of these other seniors touching their toes...and his only thought is "Uh-Oh".

My daughter and I stumbled upon "Mr. Putter and Tabby Take the Train" at the library and have been hooked on the series ever since...

The books have wonderful, come-to-life stories with fascinating artwork that makes the book so complete you feel as if you really know Mr. Putter, Mrs. Teaberry and their adorable pets, Tabby and Zeke.

I love that my six-year-old treasures this series of books so intently - especially since she can't really relate to the two main characters! The vocabulary is simple yet encouraging...excellent for a young reader! ...with stories that are always fun for the adults in the family :)
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Mr. Putter and his delightful cat Tabby enjoy lazy days filled with cozy teatimes and yummy biscuits and muffins. But, when his neighbor Mrs. Teaberry calls and tells him about a prize at the upcoming senior marathon, he must make a decision to start a workout program to get into shape. Because the prize is a very special train set that has lights and switches and tunnels, Mr. Putter will do almost anything to win.

He is surprised that the train set is second prize but figures Mrs. Teaberry will surely win the golf clubs that are offered as first prize. He doesn't care about winning the race. He just wants that wonderful train set.

First he gets into shape by searching for his sneakers and trying to touch his toes and having plenty of tea and biscuits with Tabby. Then they sit at the dining room window and watch Mrs. Teaberry's dog Zeke run with his jump rope in his mouth. Zeke is very excited about the race, too. On race day Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke wear matching outfits, and Mrs. Teaberry is ready to win first prize. She wants those golf clubs.

Mr. Putter is surprised at how many old people have turned out for the race. When the horn sounds Mrs. Teaberry is way out front and Mr. Putter is at the very end.

Then something very exciting happens! Zeke gets tired of watching and decides to run with all of the seniors in the race. But this one little decision causes a lot of trouble. Zeke was still dragging the jump rope. People started tripping and bumping into one another, and worst of all, Mr. Putter grabbed the end of the jump rope. Zeke is pulling him so fast that he became the fastest runner in the race-and everyone started cheering. It is an exciting ending. But who wins the amazing train set?

You must read the book to find out.
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We just discovered the Mr. Putter books about a month ago. Since we are grandparents who take care of our grandchildren over 40 hours a week, we do a lot of reading. Reading about Mr. Putter doing his exercises so reminds us of our difficulties doing our exercises. We always get a good laugh out of these books and so do the grandkids. These books are delightful and also help kids identify with older folks. We look forward to library day and checking out new ones.
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The entire Mr. Putter and Tabby series is very good, but this rises above the others because it is so on target for adults who aren't really into exercise. Mr. Putter gets convinced to run a race by his energetic neighbor. Naturally, he does it for the train set prize, not the exercise. But, observing his training routine is well worth it. Kids will enjoy the story, but adults may find it even more entertaining.
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The utter simplicity and beauty of Cynthia Rylant's Mr. Putter and Tabby series is only exceeded by the gentle and enduring humor in each. These are perfect stories for repeated readings (as children so often urge!) because they are replete with sophisticated takes on everyday "adult" life - and they are great for sharing those laugh-aloud moments we all appreciate, sooner or later!
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My kids LOVE the Mr. Putter books and we must have read this one 50 times since we got it a few weeks ago! It's a nice hardback edition and seems durable. The paper book jacket is pretty useless when you've got little ones constantly taking it off, but that doesn't really matter, I guess. I highly reccommend this series!
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