Little Toot

Little Toot

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by Hardie Gramatky
     
 

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Toot along with the tugboat who has charmed generations! The classic edition with original art by Hardie Gramatky.

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Toot along with the tugboat who has charmed generations! The classic edition with original art by Hardie Gramatky.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky:

"I am delighted to know that this classic piece of Americana, Little Toot, will be enjoyed by readers of all ages for many years to come."--Eric Carle

"How delightful to revisit the seaworthy world of brave Little Toot--that little tugboat who proves his courage and earns his manhood riding atop Gramatky's superb, water, wild waves. This book has a sweet innocence and joy that now seems thoroughly lost."--Maurice Sendak

Barnes & Nobe Staff
Little Toot is a sturdy little tugboat who loves to chug on the river, puffing out silly little smoke clouds as he goes. Little Toot is happy except for one thing: afraid of the ocean he hates to work. The other tugs complain that Little Toot only gets in the way and calls him a sissy. One stormy day, Little Toot's smoke clouds help out in a courageous rescue, and he becomes a hero. First published in 1939, Little Toot still captivates young readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698115767
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Series:
Little Toot Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
178,848
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky:

"I am delighted to know that this classic piece of Americana, Little Toot, will be enjoyed by readers of all ages for many years to come."—Eric Carle

"How delightful to revisit the seaworthy world of brave Little Toot—that little tugboat who proves his courage and earns his manhood riding atop Gramatky's superb, water, wild waves. This book has a sweet innocence and joy that now seems thoroughly lost."—Maurice Sendak

Meet the Author

Hardie Gramatky was born in Dallas, TX, in 1907 but moved to California as a small boy after his father died of tuberculosis. He attended Stanford University (earning the tuition by working as a logger and a bank teller) and Chouinard Art Institute before becoming one of Disney’s early animators in 1929. In the 1920s and '30s, he helped start the California Watercolor movement. In 1936, after a 6-year Disney contract expired, he left the company (earning $150 a week, a huge sum in the Depression) to move to New York City with his wife, artist Dorothea Cooke, to become illustrators. It was there, in his studio on Pearl Street, that Gramatky saw a Moran tugboat out his window that obviously didn’t want to work and kept making figure 8s on the East River. So in 1939 after painting many watercolors of the busy harbor, Gramatky wondered what would happen if a “tug didn’t want to tug” and wrote the story. The book got immediate attention and has been a favorite picture book ever since, and Gramatky’s fine art watercolors and giclée prints continue to be prized. He died of cancer of the ileum in Westport, Connecticut, on April 29, 1979.

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Little Toot 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've just seen the new, restored edition of Little Toot, and it is beautiful! The restored colors of the original classic are wonderful to see, and the story of a little tugboat who manages to accomplish great things resonates, as always. The writing is not 'dumbed down' for children, and is a pleasure for adults to read aloud. My five-year-old loves this story. What a joy to see the book as it was meant to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Little Toot has been one of my family's favorites throughout the generations. When I was a little boy, my mother read it to me and now I read it to my sons. A classic story of gaining courage through heroic actions is a timeless theme. It encourages children to believe in themselves and to never give up. A clear five-star book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been in my family for more than 30 years, since my children were little. Now the same person who gave it to them then has given the brand new edition to my 3 year old grandchildren and they love it just as much. When I visit them 'Little Toot' is always the only book we read at bedtime. It's delightful as it is tender, precious and everlasting. Thank you for brightening the memories!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Little Toot is a delight and treasure. The story is one for the heart, but the book would be worth owning for the illustrations alone. I bought 4 copies so I could give them to friends with children and grandchildren. One friend has already reported back that's it's the one her grandchildren request every time they visit. Even my husband asked me to read it to him over and over! Highly recommended.