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Visiting with Mr. Putter and Tabby

With school out, we have a chance to catch up with Mr. Putter and Tabby, the kindly older man and his cherished pet who star in a series of advanced beginning readers by Cynthia Rylant. Junior, who's six and a half,  really likes Mr. Putter and Tabby Write the Book (2004). I wouldn't have predicted that; the theme seems a little like something only an adult would get. I guess not.  In this one, Mr. Putter decides to write a mystery, but gets carried away making snacks and taking naps instead. I can relate. Junior found something funny in Mr. Putter's procrastination, too.  Ultimately Mr. Putter is inspired to write about Good Things instead of "The Mystery of Lighthouse Cove." On his list Mr. Putter writes, "Yellow cats, Old sweaters, Cinnamon toast," and so on. Junior and I made our own list to which Junior contributed the following Good Things: Money, Kittens, Ghosts, and Candles. Only the "kittens" comes close to anything that I thought he would say. I have to laugh. You just never know.


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It is so funny that you posted this today. In my classroom, today was Mr. Putter and Tabby Day! We read all of the books, acted them out, mapped them out and orally retold the stories. It was a lot of fun. The one book I don't have is the one you mentioned here. I will have to pick it up!

We love Mr. Putter and Tabby. In fact, we may have the entire collection. This is one series that I can read over and over and over and over without forgetting the humor. Our favorites are Pick the Pears and Paint the Porch.

Kelly, what a fun fun day! I think Mr. Putter and Tabby is the greatest series. My son's favorite is Mr. Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish. The "bat, bat, bat" parts are so funny--and so typical of cats.

Wisteria, Pick the Pears is great, too. I don't think we've read Paint the Porch. We'll have to get that one. I should have noted how humorous the illustrations are, too. They work so well with Cynthia Rylant's story.

Thanks for the reminder about this series. I read them with my daughter when she was younger, but don't think the boys have had a go-round. And we're getting the annual summer batch of kittens today or tomorrow, so it's good timing!

Heck ..we have this out from the library! It is a cute series.

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