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Mr. Putter & Tabby See the Stars

Mr. Putter & Tabby See the Stars

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Arthur Howard 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 8
Sandpiper, 2008   ISBN: 978-0152063665

Mr. Putter is usually an excellent sleeper. In fact he can usually sleep just about anywhere. But tonight he went over to Mrs. Teaberry's house and he ate far too many pineapple jelly rolls. Now his tummy is full of grumbles and he cannot sleep. So Mr. Putter decides to go for a walk with Tabby for company.

It is a lovely night for a walk. Above them there is a clear sky which is full of stars and Mr. Putter tells Tabby all about the stars and his boyhood dreams. Together the two friends tour the neighborhood and then they find Mrs. Teaberry sitting on her lawn. Apparently her dog Zeke ate too many jelly rolls and he has a grumbling tummy which won't let him sleep. Doesn't that sound familiar? So the four friends sit together, talking, and looking at the night sky until the unhappy tummies are ready for bed.

In this delightful Mr. Putter and Tabby story Cynthia Rylant captures the comfort that can be found in sharing simple pleasures with those whom you love. Even a walk on a starry night becomes special when you are with the right person. An easy to follow storyline with wonderfully expressive illustrations makes this a perfect book for beginning readers.