THE NEW FRIEND by Holly Hobbie

THE NEW FRIEND

From the "Toot & Puddle" series
by & illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A marvelous addition to the Toot & Puddle series. The setting is autumn at Woodcock Pocket. The leaves are golden by day and a peachy-pink by evening. Opal has come to visit the piggy duo and brought her new friend, Daphne. Daphne is perfect at everything. Not only can she hold her breath the longest, but she can even play a Mozart violin concerto. It’s inevitable that Opal will feel pale by comparison. Soon, however, the darker side of Daphne appears. When, for instance, Opal wins at Go Fish, Daphne quits. She won’t even help rake leaves, as she might blister. Opal is driven to say, “Maybe you are a prima donna.” It takes a rather large spider descending upon a bathing Daphne for them to appreciate one another’s talents. The illustrations add verve and sparkle to the warm-hearted story; they range from picturesque to mirthful in reverent watercolors. Toot and Puddle have found a perfect way to say that we all have something special to offer. They will tickle you pink. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-316-36636-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2004




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