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Mr. Putter & Tabby Make a Wish

Mr. Putter & Tabby Make a Wish

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Arthur Howard 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 9
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2006   ISBN: 978-0152054434

One morning in early October Mr. Putter and Tabby are sitting at the breakfast table and reading the newspaper when Mr. Putter realizes that it is his birthday. He begins to remember the many wonderful birthdays that he had when he was a boy. He remembers the parties, the cakes, and the gifts. Mr. Putter decides that although all those treats were wonderful, he is just too old for cakes and such now. Instead, he will have a little extra apple jam with his crumpets and forget the whole birthday thing.

However, it turns out that apple jam just isn't enough after all. Mr. Putter realizes that he does want celebrate in some way and so he decides to invite his neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, over. Mr. Putter calls Mrs. Teaberry and invites her to tea, explaining that it is his birthday. Mrs. Teaberry accepts the invitation but then she keeps calling him to say that she has been detained and could he wait for a little while longer. Poor Mr. Putter is beginning to wonder if Mrs. Teaberry will make it before his next birthday comes around when at last the door bell rings.

In this delightful Mr. Putter adventure Mr. Putter realizes that one is never too old for a traditional and festive birthday celebration. Children will delight in the surprise that Mrs. Teaberry arranges for her friend, and they will appreciate that sometimes good friends are truly priceless.