January 4, 2016

Mr. Putter and Tabby Smell the Roses by Cynthia Rylant and Arthur Howard

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 1:01 am by suebe2

Mr. Putter and Tabby Smell the Roses
by Cynthia Rylant
illustrated by Arthur Howard
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Mr. Putter wants to do something special for Mrs. Teaberry’s birthday.  He knows that he could get her ice cream and cake and balloons, but he does that every year and he wants this year to be different.  So he thinks about the things that Mrs. Teaberry likes and recalls how often she tells him about her maple trees and her roses. Clearly she likes plants.  The best place to experience fantastic plants?  The Conservatory.

On Mrs. Teaberry’s birthday, she and Mr. Putter dress extra nice.  He drives them, and her good dog Zeke and his fine cat Tabby, to the Conservatory.  He explains to Zeke that if he can be a good dog, Mr. Putter will give him a surprise. The group stroles around enjoying the smells of damp earth and fresh flowers. They enjoy the sunlight streaming in through the tall windows.

Zeke manages to be good for 5 whole minutes.  Then he spots something that he just knows must the his surprise and he goes after it for all he’s worth.

I don’t want to give away the ending of the book, but suffice it to say that Zeke has not spotted his surprise.  What he has spotted, as usual, causes trouble, and soon the group is being ushered out the door.  Don’t worry!  The good news is that there is more celebrating to be had.

I have to admit that I was a little reluctant to pick up this book in January.  Do people want to read spring time stories in the cold of winter?  For some the answer is yes because they don’t like the snow.  But this isn’t a spring time story.  We don’t really know what time of year it takes place because the setting is indoors.

Check out this fun book for your new reader.  Each chapter contains a complete, albeit short, story. Added together, your reader will get a satisfying story all about friendship and mistakes and making the best of things without dwelling on what hasn’t gone as planned.

–SueBE

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