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MR. PUTTER AND TABBY SPILL THE BEANS

Author: Cynthia Rylant

Illustrator: Arthur Howard

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Despite his lack of interest (and against his better judgement) Mr. Putter and Tabby join Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke for the 100 Ways to Cook Beans cooking class. When Zeke finds a snack in another student's purse, the fun begins ... Putter style. This is an illustrated chapter book series for developing readers.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read, illustrated chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.5

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Mr. Putter and Tabby always make my daughter laugh. This is one she always wants to read cover to cover.

Adult Reader Reaction: Like Cynthia Rylant's other easy reader series (Henry and Mudge), these are fun, clever stories. Mrs. Teaberry's and Mr. Putter's friendship is always central to the plot, but it is very dynamic.

Pros: Humor, chute characters, and lots of action will keep kids reading until they have the whole story.

Cons: Very minor: I regret that it was a lost opportunity to talk about "spilling the beans" as an idiom.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is one of the few early reader series that I would consider buying. The stories are delightful and timeless.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MR. PUTTER AND TABBY FEED THE FISH   SILLY TILLY   A CAMPING SPREE WITH MR. MAGEE

Educational Themes: From friendship and compromise to social skills, there are lots of things you can explore with this book. Preschoolers, in particular, will enjoy the pets' antics ... giving you plenty of opportunity to ask "what would you do?" or "what is the right choice?"

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. This is from her personal library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader series, friendship, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2010

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