Toot & Puddle: How Does Your Garden Grow? – Holly Hobbie

  Toot & Puddle: How Does Your Garden Grow? – Holly Hobbie, Random House, 9780593124666, 2021

Format: Hardcover book

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

 Genre: Picture book

 What did you like about the book? Tout, Puddle and cousin Opal get ready to plant for the season! They bring out their tools and prep their gardening space.  After their first prep of lettuce, they come back the next morning to realize someone has eaten their lettuce leaves. They pondered on what to do to preserve their lettuce leaves from this “uninvited visitor”. They decide to build a fence to keep the intruder out. But oh no! The fence did not stop the lettuce eater. They tried to catch the little intruder but they aren’t fast enough. The lettuce eater also started to eat the spinach. The trio decided perhaps the intruder does not know what the garden is for. So they decide to put up a sign. They end up finally spotting the animal that is eating the food in their garden and scare it away. The animal stopped coming back to the garden but the garden quickly became a boring place. They learned at the end that it’s always more enjoyable when we share things with others. In the end the garden became a place where anyone could come get free spinach. The illustrations look more like colored pencil drawings of the pig trio and their scary garden visitor. Very soft and gentle children colors in the illustrations. 

Anything you did not like about the book? No, this is a great story about sharing with others but also teaching children that connecting with nature is so important for our own happiness.

 To whom would you recommend this book? This is great for the young child ages 2-5 learning to share but also perfect for spring gardening time.

Who should buy this book? Daycares and elementary schools

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: 5/5/2021

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