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Tatty Ratty [Hardcover]

Helen Cooper
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March 14 2002
The adventures of a lost toy, by the two-time Kate Greenaway Medalist

Cooper sends the beloved bunny on a train ride to a meal at the Three Bears’ cottage, a run-in with pirates, and a flight on dragon-back to the moon. Finally Tatty Ratty returns to Earth, where the girl is reunited with him.

Cooper’s exuberant, richly colored pictures will have children returning to the story again and again.

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Every parent knows how children can weep and wail when their favourite toy goes missing. This stunning picture book tells the tale of Tatty Ratty, a rather battered and mangled soft toy who gets left on a bus. As the story develops, and little Molly tries to work out what on earth she is going to do without him, her mother soothes her with stories of how Tatty Ratty might not be lost at all--maybe he is just off having a few fine adventures of his own...

Superb storytelling combines with stunning illustrations, subtly capturing childhood moods, while a riot of fun and colour is had as Tatty's adventure unfolds. This is a truly comforting story for any child who has ever lost something--or someone--they love. (Ages 3 and over.) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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It looks like Molly's eponymous stuffed rabbit may be missing for good, but the girl takes comfort in imagining a picaresque future for him: a circuitous journey home that includes encounters with the Three Bears, Cinderella, fierce pirates, a friendly dragon and the Man in the Moon. But Tatty Ratty makes Errol Flynn-like moves and proves himself both resourceful and savvy ("He'll find a way to escape," says Mom when Molly throws in the pirate plot as a complication. "He always does"), and he does not shy away from biting Cinderella when she tries to brush his fur. Mom and Dad bring the saga to a close by suggesting that Molly look for Tatty Ratty in a rabbit-themed toy shop. With a knowing wink, Cooper (Pumpkin Soup) gives Dad a plum quote, "Remember, he might look different," while Mom chimes in, "And he'll be very clean and fluffy." Sure enough, Tatty Ratty awaits Molly on a shelf literally as good as new. On each spread, small realistic spot illustrations of Molly unspooling her story (with assistance from her understanding parents) during meals, bath and bedtime serve as counterpoint to full-page, fanciful pictures of the bunny's adventures, and inject an immediacy and improvisational verve into every new escapade. Never patronizing or sentimental, this is a wise and respectful tribute to children's storytelling powers. Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkly Book March 8 2004
Format:Paperback
My 3-year-old calls this "a sparkly book". This is a wonderful tale of Molly who has lost her precious stuffed rabbit. Through night and day her and her parents imagine where he might be - and tell wonderful stories about him. The fun story telling reminds me of the times our family tell spontaneous tales. The ending is very touching. Little ones will be completely satisfied and accept little Molly's version of events. Those over six or seven years old will find her parents to be clever and caring. I enjoy reading this book over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative & charming-must have!! April 21 2002
By "evgo"
Format:Hardcover
Although neither of my girls(2 & 4)have a favorite 'blanky', this book will hit a chord with all parents. Helen Cooper's books are a delight for parents AND children. This book tells about the loss of a favorite bunny-and the adventures it has while it is lost. Really a delight!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One big sigh of relief Jan. 5 2005
By Deb Nam-Krane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Anyone who has ever lost a beloved "pet"- or any parent who has ever had a child lose a precious keepsake- will breathe a big sigh of relief at the end of this fanciful story. Molly's parents cleverly use her imagination to their advantage as they wait for the "return" of her precious Tatty Ratty. While on his adventures, Molly has him retrieve his lost blue buttons while driving a train, get fattened up while eating with the Three Bears, shiny and clean after a dip in the ocean (courtesy of a fight with Cinderella), and pretty and white after a dip in the Man in the Moon's sugar. The reader isn't sure where the story is going until the very end, and by then we're as touched by Molly's parents' cleverness as we are by her imagination. A great read for kids eight and under.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We LOVE this book - believable characters, imaginative story- Excellent anytime story Feb. 16 2009
By H. Sapiens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
From the author and illustrator of our family's beloved Pumpkin Soup comes Tatty Ratty, a story of one lost rabbit's adventure and eventual return. The story line is simple - a favorite (MUST HAVE) toy is lost somewhere. Mom calls the bus line - no luck - they look in all the usual places - no luck.

Have you seen that minivan commercial where a teddy bear is lost? Mom drives to the store gets a new one, runs it over, and stashes it in one of the oh-so-convenient bins? That is Tatty Ratty in a nutshell, but with a clever twist. The parents in this story use their daughter's worrying and imagination to spin the tale of Tatty Ratty's adventures. He ends up on a train, with the 3 bears, with Cinderella, pirates, and the Man on the Moon. Along the way, Tatty Ratty gets restored. Finally he is reclaimed in the end at "Rabbit World" good as new. Smart parents.

The characters, story line, and illustrations are rich and imaginative. Helen Cooper is at her best in this story. You will see your child in this story - happily musing about bunny's adventures and upset and unable to sleep in another moment. The pictures are rich and detailed - with each read we find something new.

I would highly recommend this book for any child, boy or girl, probably 7 and under. I never thought we would find a book as cherished by my kids as Pumpkin Soup - no surprise that when we did find one, it was from the same author. If you like Tatty Ratty, come back for Pumpkin Soup. You won't be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkly Book March 7 2004
By "acerrito" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My 3-year-old calls this "a sparkly book". This is a wonderful tale of Molly who has lost her precious stuffed rabbit. Through night and day her and her parents imagine where he might be - and tell wonderful stories about him. The fun story telling reminds me of the times our family tell spontaneous tales. The ending is very touching. Little ones will be completely satisfied and accept little Molly's version of events. Those over six or seven years old will find her parents to be clever and caring. I enjoy reading this book over and over again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing for all kids Oct. 23 2005
By T. Marx - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A friend recommended books by Helen Cooper. This one is our favorite as it takes us through a tale of adventures by Molly's lost beloved stuffed rabbit. The tales are enchanting and the pictures are wonderful. My kids (ages 3 & 4) love talking about each adventure and the things Tatty Ratty is doing. I recommend this book to anyone with children under the age of 7 or 8.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Story March 11 2014
By Tuesday Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Replaced a well-worn and torn library copy.
Shared the "new" book at Storytime this week.
We always LOVE the story - it's just great how a
dirty brown rabbit leaves on an adventure and
returns as a fluffy clean white rabbit.
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