It's autumn, and Mr. Putter is enjoying fall things. Juicy apples, juicy tomatoes, hot apple cider, and pear jelly. How is he going to get pear jelly?
Mr. Putter attempts to climb a ladder, but that results in cranky legs. Who wants cranky legs? Not him. He decides for another route with Tabby, his cat, watching.
Mr. Putter decides that a slingshot is the answer! He is going to knock pears off the trees. So, he goes into the house and makes a slingshot with an old pair of underwear that has good elastic. In fact, it is very good elastic!
He picks up an apple when he is back outside and puts it in the slingshot. He aims and it goes right over his house! He is smiling, and he picks up another apple and puts it in the slingshot. Zing! It flies over the house. Mr. Putter loves this!
He loves this so much he spends the afternoon sending apples over his house and into the neighbor's yard! Tabby, of course, falls asleep. And the next day, they do not have pear jelly. They are moping on the porch when Mrs. Teaberry, the neighbor, shows up.
"When I woke up this morning, there were dozens of apples in my front yard. And I don't even have an apple tree." Mr. Putter looked at Tabby. "Amazing!" he said. "So I made an apple feast!" said Mrs. Teaberry. She has turnovers, apple pies, apple jellies, and a gallon of hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks. They sit down, eat, and then an idea hits Mr. Putter. What do you think he is going to do about the pears up in the tree? :)
This series by Cynthia Rylant and Arthur Howard (illustrator) is just a delightful romp into Mr. Putter's second childhood and all of the fun that a pet brings into your life! A rather delightful read!