Ten writers for children. All with something to say.
Mr. Putter and Tabby
My favorite couple is one I found when reading aloud to my children. We had all fallen in love with Cynthia Rylant's early reader series: Henry and Mudge, but when I came home with the book Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea, we quickly consumed every book we could get our hands on of this new love match! "Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea" is the first of the series and begins with Mr. Putter all alone. He has no one to share his English muffins with nor his tea. He has no one to share his stories with and finally decides he wants a cat. At the pet store he realizes kittens are not for him as they are "cute" and "peppy"and he has not been "cute and peppy for a very long time." At the shelter Mr. Putter meets Tabby, who has creaky bones, thinning fur, and seems a little deaf, just like himself. A perfect match! One of my favorite Rylant lines ever is in this book: "Tabby loved Mr. Putter's tulips. She was old, and beautiful things meant more to her." This resonates with me as I myself grow older. In the end Tabby cannot remember life without Mr. Putter and Mr. Putter cannot remember life without Tabby. They share their muffins together, drink their tea together, sing opera in the evenings, and Mr. Putter shares his stories. The rest of the books continue the life and love adventures of Mr. Putter and Tabby, baking cakes, picking pears, flying airplanes, and more. Mr. Putter and Tabby is one of my favorite love matches in children's literature and if you have not read any of them, you are in for a treat!