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Little Tug Hardcover – October 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436480
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Little Tug is having an identity crisis. The tall ship is taller. The speedboat is faster. The ocean liner is bigger. But when each of his friends is in trouble, Little Tug comes to the rescue (“he pulls, he pushes, and guides the boats to safety”), and each repays his kindness in his or her own unique way. The straightforward story unfolds across the course of a single day, beginning at dawn and ending at dusk. Savage expresses this arc with careful attention to color and hue, sea and sky transforming from dark navys and grays to purples and pinks to a bright blue and back again. The anthropomorphized vessels and crisp, flat backgrounds recall an earlier era of illustration, which adds a vintage charm to the outing. The spiral storytelling and stylized illustration combine for a book that is both a winning read-aloud and a deceptively simple exploration of individuality perfectly suited for its target toddler audience. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Thom Barthelmess

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“Readers who love ships can expect smooth sailing.”--Publishers Weekly

"...will appeal to boat-loving toddlers. "--Kirkus Reviews
 

“Petite but powerful, the small red tug feels a sense of accomplishment during the day but still enjoys being pampered at bedtime. Large type, simple sentences, and repetition offer a pleasing story line and showcase the appealing illustrations.”– School Library Journal


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Stephen Savage is known for his economical style of illustration that conveys complex ideas and emotion with simple lines and color. His books include the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Polar Bear Night, the lost Margaret Wise Brown manuscript, The Fathers Are Coming Home, and the wordless picture book Where's Walrus? His editorial illustration has appeared in dozens of major newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and The Wall Street Journal. In 2008, he was the recipient of a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their daughter. Visit his website at http://www.stephensavage.net and his blog at http://stephensavageillustration.blogspot.com.

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My kids (2 and 3 years old) absolutely love this book.
Cassandra
It has a great message and is about getting the little tug boat (your kids) to sleep after a hard day's work.
Optimusprimelives
This book has beautiful pictures, a simple story, with sweet ending.
Pam's Pen

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mommy2two on January 6, 2013
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Such a sweet book with a great message. The illustrations are gorgeous and it's hands down my 3 year old's favorite book. Let's just put it this way, I've read it approximately 30 times and we've only had it for about 2 weeks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Optimusprimelives on March 27, 2014
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I bought this as a gift for my nephews who are 2 and 5 and they love it. It is a cute little book with beautiful illustrations. If your child is into boats it is a great gift. The story line is very simple with only a few words per page. The five year old liked it because he is learning to read and could recognize some of the words. The 2 year old liked it because of the pictures and all the cool boats. It has a great message and is about getting the little tug boat (your kids) to sleep after a hard day's work. Good for any tired parent who wants their kids to go to bed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HGTM on March 11, 2014
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this book was too simple for my three year old. We are active and frequent readers. This book is probably better for a 18 month old. Cute pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Barrett on November 11, 2013
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By far my son's favorite book. At 10 months he still thinks its the funniest thing, and it's the first thing he grabs out of a stack of favorable books. If only it came in a board book!!! :( he's torn this one to pieces... will probably try the kindle version. Also, wish there we more? My kid just loves this so much.
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By ek917 on September 30, 2013
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Our 2.5 year old loves boats (and trains, and cars, etc.) and this has a simple but significant story line. The pictures are fantastic!
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By Pam's Pen on June 24, 2013
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This book has beautiful pictures, a simple story, with sweet ending. My Preschool class loved it. I would recommend this book for Teachers and Parents. Amazon service was also great as usual. I am a satisfied customer.
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I purchased this for a little boy who will be 3. He loves all things that move as he is a mover himself.
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