In Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas, Puddle is home in Woodcock Pocket trying to prepare for Christmas without Toot. Christmas is only a couple days away and poor Toot's flight home is delayed in Edinburgh because of an ice storm. Puddle writes out the Christmas cards but can't mail them without Toot's signature. He bakes and brings home a Christmas tree, all the while worrying that Toot won't make it home for Christmas. When Toot's flight finally lands, heavy snows make it nearly impossible to find his way home...that is until a lucky nut and a mysterious stranger help save the day.
As always, Holly Hobbie's watercolor illustrations steal the show. The winter snow scene pictures help set the holiday mood perfectly. I also adore the large, two-page airplane illustration where Toot is singing Jingle Bells. The back of the paperback book includes two punch-out Toot & Puddle ornaments to hang on your tree. Toot & Puddle fans will surely enjoy this book as well as all preschoolers though early grade school readers. This large-size, paperback reprint edition is printed on quality paper and would make an excellent holiday gift!
Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas by Hollie Hobbie. Little, Brown and Company (October 2008), 32 pages, ISBN 9780316033831
As a side note, if you are lucky enough to get the Noggin Channel, they started airing a new original animated series starring Toot & Puddle in November. Toot & Puddle follows a pair of best friends who travel the world and find adventure wherever they go. Tune in Sunday, 12/14/08 for "I'll Be Home for Christmas" @ 7PM ET.
Related links for Toot & Puddle printables, games and more:
Noggin's Toot & Puddle TV series site
National Geographic's Toot & Puddle site
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