YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE by Holly Hobbie

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE

From the "Toot & Puddle" series
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Hobbie (Toot & Puddle, 1997, etc.) brings back her winsome swine for a sympathetic look at the blues. Puddle is concerned about his good friend, Toot, who has a severe case of the doldrums. While recognizing that “everybody mopes sometimes,” Puddle still wants to cheer up his buddy, attempting everything from five-berry cobbler to a wild boat ride down the rapids. Yet even an impromptu party with their friends fails to elicit any excitement from the melancholy pig. Only the passing of time and a raging thunderstorm finally alter Toot’s dolorous mood. Hobbie deftly explores the neglected subject of sorrow, making clear to children that it’s okay to be downcast for no discernible reason. Although Puddle’s well-intentioned efforts are seemingly unsuccessful, what does succeed is that Puddle is perfectly in tune with his friend, convincing Toot and readers that they are not alone and that they will be loved even when they are not “up.” Gentle watercolors add a light touch to Toot’s malaise without compromising the compassion found in this graceful treatment of a delicate issue. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-316-36562-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1999