Mr. Putter & Tabby Take the Train

 
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A well-written chapter book filled with humor.

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Parents need to know that the adults in this story disregard a rule against bringing animals on the train. But this well-written chapter book has a sidesplitting ending.

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What's the story?

What could be nicer than a train ride with a friend, two beloved pets, and banana crunchies to eat? But Zeke and Tabby aren't allowed on the train, so Mr. Putter comes up with a mischievous plan. In three easy chapters, Rylant packs a lot of humor, good feeling, and friendship.

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In MR. PUTTER & TABBY TAKE THE TRAIN, Cynthia Rylant makes every verb jump and build the drama of the story. When Mrs. Teaberry insists -- one more time -- that pets are allowed on trains, kids just know that trouble is coming.

Mr. Putter has lots of interests, and, despite his age, he knows how to be mischievous and childlike. Kids can relate. They'll love seeing him in his bird costume and crushing grapes with his neighbor. Arthur Howard's warmly drawn illustrations add comic touches.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why pets weren't allowed on the train. The grown-ups enjoy their outing -- but should they have broken the rule against pets? Do you think they would have been able to enjoy their outing without their pets?

Book details

Author:Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:Arthur Howard
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Harcourt Brace
Publication date:January 1, 1998
Number of pages:44
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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