Monday, November 24, 2008

An early reader for senior marathon runners! exciting! I just adore Cynthia Rylant's Mr. Putter and Tabby series. And today I realized that her latest title in this marvelous collection of early readers is Mr. Putter and Tabby Run the Race. Here is a little preview:

It was April.
Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby,
were full of April energy.

They always got extra energy in April.
Flowers were blooming,
birds were singing,
showers were showering. April!
Mr. Putter and Tabby felt it.

Mrs. Teaberry next door must have felt it, too.
She called Mr. Putter one April morning
"There's a race," - she said.

"A race?" asked Mr. Putter.

"A marathon!" said Mrs. Teaberry.

Uh- oh, thought Mr. Putter
He was sure Mrs. Teaberry was going to ask him
to run the race with her...

"Aren't we too old to run a race?"
asked Mr. Putter.

"It's a senior marathon," said Mrs. Teaberry.
"Nothing but old people!"...

"I have not run anywhere in thirty years,"
said Mr. Putter.
"I don't think I remember how to run."

And so continues the dialogue between enthusiastic Mrs. Teaberry and reluctant Mr. Putter.

I think this would be a sweet book for any (older) or retired marathon runner who might have beginning readers (children or grandchildren) in their homes.

And PLEASE consider supporting your local independent bookstore!

1 comment:

Brianna said...

Mr. Putter & Tabby is one of Ethan's favorite series. I can't tell you how many times we've read Mr. Putter & Tabby Row the Boat! We're big fans of Henry & Mudge, too. I think "Santa" may just have to leave this one in a stocking. :)