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Make a Wish

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Make a Wish

  Mr. Putter & Tabby Make a Wish

  Cynthia Rylant

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  Mr. Putter & Tabby

  Make a Wish

  * * *


  Mr. Putter & Tabby

  Make a Wish

  Illustrated by


  Harcourt, Inc.

  Orlando Austin New York San Diego London

  * * *

  For Sarah and Audrey, with love

  —C. R.

  * * *

  Text copyright © 2005 by Cynthia Rylant

  Illustrations copyright © 2008, 2005 by Arthur Howard

  All rights reserved.

  No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted

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  without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company,

  6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida 32887-6777.

  First Harcourt paperback edition 2006

  Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

  Rylant, Cynthia.

  Mr. Putter & Tabby make a wish/Cynthia Rylant;

  illustrated by Arthur Howard,

  p. cm.

  Summary: Mr. Putter thinks he is too old to celebrate his birthday,

  but when he remembers some of his past birthdays, he changes his mind.

  [1. Birthdays—Fiction. 2. Old age—Fiction. 3. Neighbors—Fiction.

  4. Cats—Fiction.] I. Title: Mr. Putter and Tabby make a wish.

  II. Title: Mr. Putter & Tabby make a wish. III. Howard, Arthur, ill. IV. Title.

  PZ7.R982Msg 2005

  [E]—dc22 2004010983

  ISBN 978-0-15-202426-0

  ISBN 978-0-15-205443-4 (pb)

  Manufactured in China

  C E G I J H F D

  D F H J K I G E (pb)

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  Good Heavens!


  Can You Wait?




  Good Heavens!

  It was a beautiful morning.

  Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby,

  were eating raisin crumpets and apple jam

  and reading the morning paper.

  Mr. Putter looked at the date of

  the paper: October 2.

  "Good heavens, Tabby!" said Mr. Putter.

  "It's my birthday!"

  Tabby looked at Mr. Putter and purred.

  She was a little messy from apple jam.

  But she was glad it was Mr. Putter's birthday,

  if birthdays meant apple jam.

  Mr. Putter put the paper down

  and began to think.

  He thought of all his many birthdays—

  especially those when he was a boy.

  He had loved birthdays then.

  He always got a really good present,

  like a scooter or a model plane kit.

  He got a cake with candles.

  He got balloons.

  He got company.

  Birthdays were perfect days.

  But now Mr. Putter was old.

  Too old for scooters and model plane kits.

  Too old for balloons.

  Too old for a cake with candles.

  (He'd need a fire hose to put them out.)

  Mr. Putter was just too old for a birthday.

  He would not think about it.

  He would not think about cake

  or candles

  or balloons

  or model plane kits.

  He would enjoy his breakfast

  with Tabby instead.

  "More jam, Tabby?" asked Mr. Putter.

  Tabby purred.

  Jam was nice.

  Jam was fine.

  Mr. Putter would just have more jam.


  Can You Wait?

  Mr. Putter couldn't help it.

  He wanted more than jam for his birthday.

  "I am too old for birthdays, Tabby,"

  said Mr. Putter

  "But I want one anyway."

  Mr. Putter decided he could at least

  have some company.

  He would invite his neighbor Mrs. Teaberry

  and her good dog, Zeke, to tea.

  Mr. Putter called Mrs. Teaberry.

  He told her it was his birthday.

  He invited her to tea.

  "Wonderful!" said Mrs. Teaberry.

  "But first I have to do the dishes.

  Can you wait?"

  Mr. Putter said he could wait.

  He finished reading the paper.

  Mrs. Teaberry phoned.

  "I have to curl my hair," she said.

  "Can you wait?"

  Mr. Putter said he could wait.

  He took a little snooze.

  Mrs. Teaberry phoned.

  "I have to unclog the tub," she said.

  "Can you wait?"

  Mr. Putter said he could wait.

  He read a book.

  Mrs. Teaberry phoned.

  "I have to find Zeke's ball," she said.

  "Can you wait?"

  Mr. Putter said he could wait.

  He clipped his nails.

  Mrs. Teaberry phoned.

  "I'll be there soon," she said.

  "Can you wait?"

  Mr. Putter wanted to say, "NO."

  Mr. Putter wanted to say,

  "It's my birthday and I CAN'T WAIT!"

  But Mr. Putter was nice.

  He said he could wait.

  (Even though he didn't want to.)

  Mr. Putter was getting older by the minute.

  Soon it would be tomorrow.

  And tomorrow was somebody else's


  Mr. Putter looked at Tabby, who was curled

  up in a bowl.

  "So far, this is a very strange birthday,"

  Mr. Putter said to Tabby.



  Mr. Putter thought Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke

  would never come to tea.

  He thought he would have to wait forever.

  He thought he would be waiting

  until his next birthday.

  But finally the doorbell rang.

  Mr. Putter opened the door.


  It was Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke.

  And Mrs. Teaberry was carrying

  an ENORMOUS cake loaded with

  DOZENS of candles.

  Zeke had a present around his neck.

  And balloons on his tail.

  "I had to make you wait," said

  Mrs. Teaberry, "so I could bake a cake."

  Mr. Putter looked at all the candles.

  "I'll need a fire hose

  to put those out," he said.

  When tea was served and he had

  opened his present (a model plane kit!),

  Mr. Putter blew out ALL of his candles.

  It took five big breaths (plus some help

  from Mrs. Teaberry's hat).

  But he got them out.

  "Did you make a wish?" asked Mrs. Teaberry.

  Mr. Putter looked at Tabby

  and at Mrs. Teaberry and at Zeke.

  And he couldn't think of anything

  to wish for.

  He had everything.

  (Even a model plane kit.)

  Mr. Putter and Tabby and

  Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke ate cake

  for days and days.

  And Mr. Putter built his model

  plane almost perfectly.

  (He just got a little mixed up

  on the tail.)

  It had been such a wonderful birthday.

  Of all the birthdays in Mr. Putter's

  long life, this one really had been...


  The illustrations in this book were done in pencil,

  watercolor, and gouache on 250-gram cotton rag paper.

  The display type was set in Minya Nouvelle, Agenda, and Artcraft.

  The text type was set in Berkeley Old Style Book.

  Color separations by Bright Arts Ltd., Hong Kong

  Manufactured by South China Printing Company, Ltd., China

  Production supervision by Ginger Boyer

  Series jacket design by Kristine Brogno and Michele Wetherbee

  Jacket design by Brad Barrett

  Designed by Arthur Howard and Scott Piehl



  Cynthia Rylant, Make a Wish

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