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Little Toot Hardcover – June, 1959


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Weston Woods; Bk&Cassett edition (June 1959)
  • ISBN-10: 9992929723
  • ISBN-13: 978-9992929728
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews

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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
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About 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.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

I bought this for a granddaughter who loves books.
Paula S.
The book has been updated with new colors, my version was mainly black and white.
JJNNDC
Both my 4 yr old daughter and 2 yr old son love this book.
K. Rogers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Little Toot" by Hardie Gramatky hit the bookshelves in 1939. It has never left. With art which remind readers of Virginia Burton's "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel," and a story with a message not unlike "The Little Engine That Could" Watty Piper, it is a classic.

The Plot:

Little Toot is a tugboat who, though he could create a sound, could create smoke. Like in "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf, Little Toot liked to spend his days peacefully. He would play instead of work, spinning Figure 8s. Other tugboats teased him, and soon, Little Toot had no friends.

One day, Little Toot wanders into the ocean, a deep and scary place, and so he sent an SOS smoke signal. The tugs all came to his rescue, but the waves held them back.

"Little Toot" is an adventure story for younger children. The smallest boat becomes a hero, like the young angel in "The Littlest Angel" by Charles Tazewell.

I fully recommend "Little Toot" by Hardie Gramatky.

Anthony Trendl

editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The story of a little tug boat who becomes a hero when none of the grown-ups could come to the rescue appealed to me when I first read this as a child over twenty years ago. As an adult, I think the illustrations appeal to me more than the narration did before.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on April 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had not seen this book for at least 3 decades. When I did see it, I knew I had to have a copy for myself. It was the first book I ever read and it brought back precious memories.

The story is about a frivolous young tugboat that would rather play than work. This damages his own and his family's reputation. By the time he is ready to turn over a new leaf, none will take him seriously. He does get his big chance, however, and redeems himself while saving the day when nobody else can.

This is the book that kindled my love of reading and stoked the fires of my fascination with ships. In that respect, it is still an influence in my life today.

For young readers, it is a good story in terms of entertainment and life lesson. The artwork helps as well. Great for kids!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Urquhart on November 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What a joy to see the beautifully re-published restored edition of the classic book available again. I recently heard a glowing review of the restored edition on National Public Radio, and decided to purchase it for my five-year-old for Christmas. The story is timeless, and reminds children (and all of us) that we can make mistakes, but still go on to change our behaviors and do great good. It is as vividly-written as I had recalled from my own childhood -- not "dumbed-down" for children -- and the vibrant restored illustrations are glorious. The reviewer who who lamented an older edition will be delighted with this restored version. A wonderful gift to myself and my little boy this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Les Sinclair on June 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
A wonderful child's book from the yesteryears--My mom read it to me as a child and it's just as great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Everything's a classic, or a new classic, or an immediate classic or destined to be a classic. Maybe, maybe not.

But this book is it. You remember it from your childhood. My kids remember it. My grandchildren love it now. And, it's a working every day classic. It's not a book more honored in lists than in actual reading. It's not a book that you sort of think maybe you read once.

It's out there every day in schools and homes being read and dropped on the floor and dragged around and lost under beds. Get a new bright colorful one. Read it again and then read to someone you like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desiree Corn on September 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
i knew when i purchased this book that it was going to be about perservance and it was. my kids ( almost 5 and 6 1/2 just love it. at first, my older child just looked at the tugboat on the cover and decided that she was not interested, but once i read it to her she wanted us to read it over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Booklover on July 31, 2008
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I purchased this book as a present for my two year old and he loves it. The illustrations and brief story make it one of his favorites. We embellish it with extra little details here and there. I like it beacause it has survived the love and attention of my very destructive little man.
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