“Toot & Puddle”
Published by: Little, Brown and Co
Ages: 3 – 8yrs
Themes: friendship, adventure, differences, being yourself
Opening Lines: Toot and Puddle lived together in Woodcock Pocket. It was such a perfect place to be that Puddle never wanted to go anywhere else. Toot, on the other hand, loved to take trips. He had been to Cape Cod, the Grand Canyon, and the redwood forests.
Synopsis: Two loving friends live together in Woodcock Pocket. One day Toot decides to take off on an adventure around the world. He invites his friend to join him, but Puddle prefers to stay at home. He sends home to Puddle postcards of his adventures and experiences. Home-loving Puddle has adventures of his own, right at home. Although they have an affection for one another, true friends, they also stay true to themselves, and we are taken on adventures far and wide as well as looking at adventures at home.
Why I like this: I loved the cute eye-catching title. When I glanced inside, I realised this was the kind of book I would love to write. Of loving friendship, travel, adventures and experiencing different cultures. When I was travelling from Cambodia to Laos last year, a woman I was sitting next to on a plane and I was discussing a unique idea on using postcards to teach children about different countries and culture. This book is dotted with postcards from Toot of his experiences in far away places, and following page is then followed by an adventure Puddle experiences at home. A lot is said, yet there are few words on each page. It also teaches the value of friendship, sharing and caring. Also introducing children to new places, and helping develop a child’s curiosity. The illustrations are adorable with cute water colours, offering humour and wonderful human characteristics and expressions. One can imagine, a child listening to you read to them and squealing with delight, pointing at these cute pictures. A must have book in every child’s room, great for night-time reading. This book is also the first of a series of Toot & Puddle.
Author , Holly Hobbie has written 10 picture books on “Toot & Puddle,” has been an artist for more than 30 years, has also written a memoir “The Art of Holly” and “Fanny.” She lives with her husband in Conway, Massachusetts.
Resources/Findings: This is already in its 10th Anniversary Edition. There are many websites on these two characters, this one is full of interesting activities, games, printables, information…. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/tootandpuddle/
Here is where you can view and read the book.. http://archive.org/details/tootpuddle00hobbrich
Here is a website with ideas for family discussions regarding travel and friendships… http://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/toot-puddle
For more books with resources please head on over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.