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THE NEW FRIEND by Holly Hobbie


From the Toot & Puddle series

by Holly Hobbie & illustrated by Holly Hobbie

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: July 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-316-36636-6
Publisher: Little, Brown

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)