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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
“Toot & Puddle: A Present for Toot” written by Holly Hobbie is shared in an audio version and is read by Nick Sullivan who does a great job with this version. Puddle wants to get Toot a birthday present, but Toot will not give him any ideas. Puddle goes to the bookstore and finds several books that he would love, but nothing for Toot. He goes to several other stores and finds several things for himself, but nothing that is right for Toot, nothing that is special enough for Toot’s birthday. Puddle meets Tulip, a parrot, and he cannot stop thinking about Tulip needing a home and Toot needing a present. However, it turns out that his plan and present are not working out as he thought.
This is a cute story to share with children and it is filled with so many different things as it teaches thinking about others instead of yourself alone and how things may not always go as planned. Toot does not like parrots, but he likes the feather that Tulip plucks and gives to him, resulting in it being an extraordinary birthday. This book can also lead to a great discussion about how children can be friends and have different likes, dislikes and interests. There are several things Puddle would love, but they are not for Toot. In fact this is a subtle point that is made throughout the book and the differences between Toot and Puddle are highlighted again and again. Children will enjoy listening to this story as there are different voices that are used for the characters making it entertaining for them to listen to.