CHARMING OPAL by Holly Hobbie


Toot & Puddle
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Age Range: 4 - 7
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“Charming” truly is the word for both story and art in this latest Toot and Puddle installment. The adventure this time belongs to Puddle’s young cousin, Opal, whose front tooth is getting loose. The piglets play happily together until Opal realizes her tooth is lost—in Pocket Pond. As in Hobbie’s other child-friendly stories, all is well in the end. Toot finds the tooth and Puddle dresses up in what looks like a bathing cap and a shower curtain in case he has to play the part of the Tooth Fairy. The absolutely adorable watercolor illustrations add emotion to the simple text; when Toot offers Opal a bit of help pulling out the tooth, a string tied to the doorknob prompts a sweetly apprehensive Opal to say she’d rather just let it come out by itself. Children will be comforted by this warmly humorous take on a familiar dilemma. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-316-36633-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2003


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