Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mr. Putter and Tabby Run the Race by Cynthia Rylant

Rylant, Cynthia Mr. Putter and Tabby Run the Race illustrated by Arthur Howard 44 pgs. Sandpiper, 2008. EARLY READER. $5.99. Rylant's books are some of my favorites! She creates fun and creative stories that kids will love reading; and I absolutely love Howard's illustrations! This particular story is about Mrs. Teaberry trying to convince Mr. Putter to run a senior's marathon with her, but Mr. Putter can't even remember how to run! She convinces him to do it because the second place prize is a train set, and Mr. Putter loves train sets. He does what training he can (touching his knees!) and the day of the race arrives. With lots of trips and turns, the race doesn't turn out how expected, but everyone is happy in the end! The only thing I didn't like about this story was the fact that everything turned out perfectly even though Mr. Putter didn't work for his goal nor did the race really happen "fairly." Might give kids the wrong message. EL-ESSENTIAL. Whitney, Library-Teacher.

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