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Wish You Were Here: Toot & Puddle    by Holly Hobbie order for
Wish You Were Here
by Holly Hobbie
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Opal keeps Puddle company after adventurous Toot heads to Wildest Borneo, 'boiling with heat and coiling with snakes and swarming with bugs.' Toot's first postcard home speaks of wild pigs and wild plants.

Inspired, Opal and Puddle get to work, to make the flower garden at home 'more dazzling than ever.' Toot returns when the lilacs are in bloom - and, oh no, he's blue from the 'violet virus'. Opal and Puddle seek medical advice, with no success. Then, Opal researches the virus on the net, and discovers a cure - if she can only find some very smelly 'purple slimecap stinkhorn'.

It's another charmingly illustrated Toot & Puddle tale from Holly Hobbie, one that emphasizes the importance of research, as well as the fact that what can be found close to home is often more valuable than we realize.

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