Sunday, August 27, 2006

The New Friend

Toot and Puddle's cousin, Opal, has come to visit them at Woodcock Pocket and has brought a new friend along. Her name is Daphne. Daphne is special, she is very beautiful, she can do perfect cartwheels, stand on one foot the longest, hold her breath the longest, and play a Mozart violin concerto perfectly. Opal startes to feel bad but Toot and Puddle help her see that Daphne's perfect-ness only extends so far. "I think your new friend is a bit of a prima donna," Toot said after Daphne refuses to eat Puddle's homemade dandelion sause and stops playing Go Fish after Opal wins three times in a row, won't eat Toot's oatmeal and won't help rake leaves. It all turns out ok when Opal discovers that she is special too, just in different ways. A very sweet book that helps little one's to understand that every one is special and different at the same time. Holly Hobbie's delight illustrations and perfect way of telling this story make it an endearing book to be enjoyed again and again.
Title: Toot and Puddle: the new friend
Author: Holly Hobbie
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company

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