Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Knit One, Read One with Mrs. Teaberry

Mr. Putter & Tabby Spin the Yarn by Cynthia Rylant is definitely a must-read for knitters--especially knitters with young children or those in knitting groups.

Son especially loved the Mr. Putter and Tabby books when he was first learning to read because, due to the extensive illustrations and the controlled vocabulary, he could quickly read them to himself. A few years later, the whole family still loves the books because of the charming characters and the sweet stories.

After visiting a local yarn store, elderly Mrs. Teaberry (Mr. Putter's neighbor and love interest) starts a Stitch-n-Bitch group at her house. (Well--she just calls it a knitting club....) Mr. Putter decides not to join but offers to help serve tea during the meetings. "You can knit and I can pour," he offers. Mrs. Teaberry is thrilled.

When the ladies show up for the club, "knitting madly and talking loudly," Mrs. Teaberry's dog Zeke and Mr. Putter's cat Tabby get a bit excited. Tabby is overwhelmed by the balls of yarn. Mr. Putter tries to calm her down by petting her, but there were "about fifty pounds of yarn in the room" and "petting wasn't helping."

Gosh. With Maryland Sheep and Wool coming up this weekend, I may be in the same boat....

By the end of the book, the animals have caused all kinds of mischief--and in trying to make up for everything, Mr. Putter charms the knitters into knitting him an entire wardrobe. Be sure to check out the final picture!


Liz K. said...

Oh, Mr Putter and Tabby are favorites around here, but I've never seen that one! We'll have to get it from the library ASAP!

Sue said...

Ooo, I must get this one. We love Mr. Putter and Tabby here too!

Sheepish Annie said...

I have a couple of very cute little nieces-by-proxy who would love those!!! And a knitting story would make auntie happy, too.

Lee said...

Although my youngest is 13 I continue to collect picture books about sheep/knitting. My goal is to have the largest such library that any grandmother ever had! I'll add this to the collection.


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