When my children were little, I bought the very first Toot and Puddle book by Holly Hobbie. I was attracted to the cute piggies on the cover, and the fact that the author was named after a doll that had been extremely popular when I was a young child was only a bonus.* And then I bought Toot and Puddle: You Are My Sunshine and Toot and Puddle: A Present for Toot. I've read a few of the others, too, but they all came out when M and S were "too old" for picture books.
But this year, I'm going to make an exception. I'm buying Toot and Puddle: Let it Snow! for M, because she wants it (for nostalgic reasons). And because I've just learned that it is, per Little Brown, "the last book in the beloved series."
In this book, Toot and Puddle try to think up the best Christmas presents for one another. They telephone Opal, who advises them both to make dolls (guess what Opal gets?). They each think of what the other might like best, and they invest their time and thoughtfulness in making the perfect gifts for one another. It is sweet and thoughtful and adorable, words that I'd apply to all of the books, really. And of the new holiday titles this year, it is (to borrow a phrase from Charlie and Lola) "my favorite and my best."
*Okay, so she created the doll, too, and the doll was named after her. But I didn't know that until much later, compliments of Google.