Mr. Putter and Tabby Make a Wish
Illustrated by Arthur Howard
Ages 6 to 9
Harcourt, 2005, 0-15-205443-X
One morning in early October Mr. Putter and Tabby were sitting at the breakfast table and reading the newspaper when Mr. Putter realized that it was his birthday. He began to remember the many wonderful birthdays that he had had when he was a boy. He remembered the parties, the cakes, and the gifts. Mr. Putter decided that though all that had been wonderful, he was just too old for cakes and such now. So he would have a little extra apple jam with his crumpets and forget the whole birthday thing.
But, apple jam was just not enough. He did want to do something special so he decided that he would invite his neighbor Mrs. Teaberry over. So, Mr. Putter called Mrs. Teaberry and invited her to tea explaining that it was his birthday. Mrs. Teaberry accepted the invitation but then she kept on calling him to say that she had been detained and could he wait for her a little while longer. Poor Mr. Putter was beginning to wonder if Mrs. Teaberry would make it before his next birthday came around when at last the door bell sounded.
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 will appreciate that sometimes good friends are truly priceless.
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