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Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas

Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas

Fall 2007 DVD
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
DVD Price: $19.98
Review:
Prepare to be charmed. Holly Hobbie's endearing pig pals Toot (who likes to go places and see things) and Puddle (the homebody) get ready for the holidays in their own special ways. In December Toot gets an invitation to his great-great Aunt Peg's 100th birthday in Scotland. Excited about going, he promises to be back home in Woodcock Pocket to spend Christmas with Puddle and little cousin Opal. In Scotland he has a grand time traveling about, meeting his extended Scots family, and getting his very own braw wee kilt. Toot writes to Puddle to tell him about his adventures. Meanwhile Puddle and Opal set about the Christmas preparations, with the exception of decorating the tree, which they plan to do when Toot returns. However, as every traveler knows, problems and delays invariably spring up, but flexible-thinking Toot manages along the way. A snowstorm first delays his flight back to Boston, and then when he arrives, he fears he'll never get home through the New England snow. A mysterious stranger in a flying red sleigh gives him a lift back home, and though Toot never figures out who it is, the friends are all united in time for a happy Christmas. Lovely animation, happy music and cheery voicing make for a splendid production. Although it would have been great if National Geographic had included fewer commercials and more of their famous photos in the Bonus Materials.
Reilly Reagan   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Reilly Reagan, M.L.S. is a librarian and teacher currently working as a full-time mom. She has been reviewing media since 1991, writing for Library Journal and Video Librarian magazines. Her eight-year old and five-year-old sons enjoy helping with critiques.

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