The New Friend: Toot & Puddle
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he cover shows cheerful piglets skipping rope, in friendly (delicately painted) fall colors. Opal is back, visiting Toot and Puddle in Woodcock Pocket in a '
' with golden leaves all around. With Opal is her friend Daphne, a talented gymnast.
hatever she does, Daphne does '
', from standing on one leg to playing a Mozart violin concerto - '
she's better at everything
', which is hard on her friend Opal. But when they do things that Daphne isn't so good at, she acts like '
a bit of a prima donna
'. Then something happens that makes Daphne acknowledge Opal's talents.
he New Friend
is a charming tale about the development of confidence in a friendship, with the recognition that
'Everyone is different and everyone is good at different things'.
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