Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie
Why we love this book:
Toot & Puddle’s friendship is sweet. That’s the way it strikes us, just plain ol’ sweet. When we ran across this book, it just grabbed our hearts and made us think it would make the perfect friendship book for Valentine’s Day. Toot decides to travel the world for one year. He invites his friend Puddle to go on the adventure with him, but Puddle is more comfortable staying at home. Each month Toot sends a postcard from his travels to his friend Puddle. The end of the book includes three perforated Toot & Puddle postcards so you can send your own special messages.
This simple book offers so many learning opportunities:
- How two very different people can be very good friends.
- How we miss our friends when we are far apart from each other.
2. Calendar / Months:
- The book follows Puddle from month to month in Woodcock Pocket. The illustrations show how Woodcock pocket changes through the seasons and what activities Puddle enjoys each month.
- We like creating our own theme studies. How about planning a virtual tour around the world for one year? Imagine following Toot around the world or picking 12 of your own locations. Each month you and your children could immerse yourselves in researching one location, the people, the culture, the history, the food, the weather, etc. You could also make and write your own postcard for each stop. Most of us will not get the opportunity to travel the world for a year, but we certainly could devote a year to a virtual adventure. This is sounding more and more exciting!
4. Letter Writing:
- These postcards from Toot are a nice introduction to letter writing because they are short and sweet and to the point. What a great idea to let children write postcards with one short message before we introduce them to formal letter writing.
- Children can graduate from postcard writing to formal letter writing.
5. Finding the Joy in life in far away places and right at home!
Our reading of Toot & Puddle lead to the children creating their own Valentine postcards. They are a simple spin-off of last week’s art activity and FREE printable book: It Looked Like a Heart.
Valentine postcard, age 4
Valentine postcard, second grade, age 7
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
If you could travel the world for a year, what is one place you would visit? Or would you rather stay at home like Puddle? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, February 10, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, February 11, 2011. Check back it might be you!
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