Toot & Puddle: Friendship Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

February 7, 2011

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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:

1. Friendship:

  • 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.

3. Geography

  • 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.)

The Rules:

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!

We’re sharing fantastic finds at The HomeSchool Village.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin February 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I am bit of a home body but If I was to leave and was expected to go on a far away adventure I would go back to Europe to explore all the countries I could for that year. Taking the train and getting off where I feel like it to explore and look for interesting things to write about for children.

jen February 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm

i would travel the world if i could!

Amanda February 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I would go on a beach jumping adventure around the world. There are some incredible beaches I would love to visit. If of course money was no issue.

Ellie February 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I’d definitely spend a lot of time in France and Morocco!

Anne February 8, 2011 at 1:18 am

I’m totally a Puddle – I’d much rather be at home, especially for a year – short trips only for me please!
P.s. love, love, love, It looked like a heart – thanks for linking back as I seemed to miss it last week!

maryanne February 8, 2011 at 7:50 am

Oh, there are SO many places I would want to go! Provided the kids were coming along, the number one choice would probably be Edinburgh, Scotland, so they could see where Emma was born!

Anissa February 8, 2011 at 8:25 am

I really, really, really want to go to Greece. Specifically, Mykonos. Something about the beautiful cliffs and white sand beaches just calls to me! But right now any place that isn’t snow covered with even more snow forecasted would work for me!

Tara February 8, 2011 at 8:59 am

I like staying home, but maybe when the boys are all grown it would be nice to travel with just my husband. I do like short trips though; it’s nice to get away from everyday life! In fact we’re doing that next week…I can’t wait!! =)

Dawn @ Guiding Light February 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

Hi! Stopping by from the Hip Homeschool Hop. Would *love* to win this book. Would also *love* to visit Austrailia. Blessings! thnxb2god {at} juno {dot} com

Tiffany February 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

I would love to visit Slovenia. They have mountains, beaches, and a wine region. It looks fantastic in photos but you never really know until you visit.

Sara K February 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

I think I’d like to see Ireland. Or Italy… or maybe England…. perhaps Australia… Pretty much anywhere outside the US!

I’m visiting from the Hip HS Hop!
Thanks for stopping by my blog place today – If we’re close we should get together! :0)

Charlotte February 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

If I could travel the world for a year, my first stop would be the tiny island of Pohnpei in the south Pacific ocean. Though this island is small it holds a big part of my heart along with 22 wonderful children that I had the chance to teach for 2nd grade when I spent the year as a missionary. I missed my friends and awful lot while I was away and now that I am back with them I miss my students in a way that gives me a literal heartache.

Jeannine February 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Charlotte, I understand your heartache. I had the blessing of traveling to Cambodia and fell in love with the children I met. I miss them every day. While I was in Cambodia, I was desperately missing my own children back home in Texas. Now that I’m home with my own children, I miss the children in Cambodia. I dream of taking my family to Cambodia one day to meet the children I fell in love with.

Thank you for sharing your story. I’d like to stop off on the tiny island of Pohnpei with you. I’d love to meet those 22 children.

Natalie February 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I come from Europe, and I would love to spend some time there on the virtual trip around the world. But I also dream about going to New Zealand one day – everyone who’s been there has been blown away by its beauty.

Alice February 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Oh I don’t know that I could pick just one place!! I want to go everywhere! I’ve recently had a hankering for Paris though, I really want to visit there. We almost went last spring but leaving the kids for a week was a real hang up for me, so we went to Disney World instead. Someday though……

Hope February 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I would love to visit Greece!

Sarah Paff February 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I would love to visit Poland and Germany where my family is from!

Jennifer February 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm

If I could travel the world for one year, I would want to come home before the first month was over! I like to go, but I like to come back home too. I’m not one for LONG trips. I despise living out of a suitcase for very long (although I took a six-week long trip with my grandmother when I was 14)!

I guess I would want to visit Australia first. That way I’d at least get to see it before I wanted to go home! :)

lisa fogarty February 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I have a lot of toot and puddles.. .long before the tv show.. I would love to go to Australia.. but I do like to stay home…. But Paris and Italy.. are a dream.. but Australia wins.. thanks for hosting.

Teresa Tomlinson February 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I’ve already traveled to one of the most spectacular places in the world (Alaska) and like toot and puddle I feel like I am on top of the world :) But I think in another life I was Italian, so Italy would be my next choice of places to visit :)

Sara K February 11, 2011 at 5:22 am

Hey! You won my little Valentine’s giveaway at!
Send my your snail-mail addy and I’ll ship it out to you today – since you’re in the same state, you might even have it by tomorrow!

Thanks for visiting! (I’ll be back to see if Toot and Puddle will be coming to live here ;0)

Mozi Esmés Mom February 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Aww – that book looks like fun! And just wanted to say we did that “It Looks Like A Heart” activity last week and loved it – thanks!

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