Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears

by Cynthia Rylant

Paperback, 1995



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R Ryl




HMH Books for Young Readers (1995), Paperback, 44 pages


When he gets too old to climb up the ladder, Mr. Putter and his cat Tabby figure out an ingenious way to pick pears for pear jelly.

Physical description

44 p.; 8.68 inches

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LibraryThing member DaytonGamble
A good book that could used for educational or entertaining purposes. It talks about seasons, fruits, and night/day time with great illustrations.
LibraryThing member ashley3919
This is the story of an old man names Mr. Putter and his cat Tabby. It is the time of year to pick pears off of the tree and he and Tabby are very excited. However, when Mr. Putter takes the ladder out to the tree he quickly realizes he has cranky legs this year and can no longer climb the ladder.
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He decides to make a sling slot and use apples to hit the pears off the tree. When he slings the first apple it goes way far away and Mr. Putter finds this very exciting so he does it all evening, forgetting about the pears. Tabby becomes bored and falls asleep. The next day his neighbor comes by with lots of food for Mr. Putter that she made from apples that mysteriously appeared in her yard.

This book is great for illustrating how words begin with the same letter because the letter "p" is used a lot. This is also a chapter book so it would be best for at least 3rd grade.
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LibraryThing member srfox
Mr. Putter is an old man with an old cat. His love for pear jelly is evident throughout the book, but is discouraged when his "cranky legs" get the best of him. However, with his smart mind and "jiffy hands", he finds a way to get a hold of the pears that he loves so dearly.
LibraryThing member AMQS
Mr. Putter and Tabby love the juicy goodies fall brings, particularly pear jelly. When Mr. Putter goes to pick the pears from his tree, his old, cranky legs won’t let him climb the ladder. Mr. Putter improvises a slingshot to shoot them down using fallen apples, with hilarious results.

Rylant, C.
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& Howard, A. (1995). Mr. Putter and Tabby pick the pears. San Diego: Harcourt Brace.

ALA Notable Children's Books 1996; Horn Book starred (March, 1996)
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
I love this series and am every so thankful that kids do, too. I really want to be neighbors to Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry.
LibraryThing member Tothood101
This is one of our family favorites. It's a cute story about a man named Mr. Putter who has a situation he needs to resolve. It's fall and Mr. Putter is dreaming of pear jelly - his favorite since childhood. But when he climbs the tree to pick the pears he finds he can't because of his'cranky
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legs'. His witty solution is sure to make both children and adults of any age, laugh.
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