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The One and Only: Toot & Puddle    by Holly Hobbie order for
One and Only
by Holly Hobbie
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The irrepressible little piglet is back, dancing with an enthusiasm that immediately catches reader's interest on the cover of Toot & Puddle: The One and Only.

Opal's class has a brand new pupil named Jane, who asks everyone to call her Bubbles. She latches onto Opal, always sitting next to her and even dressing like her. Opal isn't very happy when Bubbles uses her idea for a Halloween costume and gets the credit! And it keeps happening - with a Thanksgiving card and a snowflake decoration. Knowing what Toot and Puddle would advise, Opal tries to be nice about it when everything goes the copycat's way.

Then Bubbles has trouble with the chorus line moves for the spring extravaganza, and Opal shows her what to do. Why? 'Because I want our chorus line to be perfect,' says wise young Opal. The illustrations are as lovely as always, especially a spectacular scene of winter woods, snowflakes dancing in the air. And the story emphasizes what matters and what really doesn't in the complexities of elementary school social life.

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