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Tootle Hardcover – February 12, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Little Golden Book
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books; Reissue edition (February 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307020975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307020970
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Great book for little readers.
Jennifer L.
My 2 sons loved this book as children, and we have been reading our old book which is showing its age.
DKC
This was, by far, my favorite book when I was a child.
Mary M. Wilkins

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I still have my copy of Tootle that my parents got me in the '70s. I loved the book as a kid, and love it still. Both of my children royally enjoy the book, although I have not seen the "new" version that some have commented on.

Also - I was very surprised (almost mortified) to see many mediocre and negative reviews suggesting that Tootle is brain washing kids with tales of social conformity and suggesting that the towns people are robbing Tootle of his blissful happiness of playing in the field of buttercups.

Here's another take.

Tootle has a dream of being a big, fast locomotive. Along the ways of his studies to reach his goal, he succumbs to the peer pressure of a horse to race off the tracks. Tootle is derailed (no pun intended) from a diligent focus to achieve his dreams. There is a time for blissful happiness, and there is a time to take accountability for your goals and work to achieve them. The rail master and the towns people intervene into Tootles reckless ventures and remind him that he must remain diligent and "stay on the tracks" if he is to achieve his goals. Once he puts his mind to it, he grows up and achieves his goals.

Morals
- Don't succumb to peer pressure
- Remain focused on your goals and you can achieve anything
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an adorable story about a baby locomotive who went to the village of Lower Trainswitch to learn to be a big locomotive.
They have lessons in many classes to learn whistle blowing, stopping for a red flag waving and puffing loudly, just to name a few. However, the most important lesson to learn was staying on the rails no matter what.
Tootle could never seem to do this. He always wanted to go and wonder in the meadow and chase birds or butterfly's.
Tootle had to be taught a lesson.
This little book teaches children in a fun way how important it is to follow directions.
My granddaughter and I enjoyed this read.
The illustrations were colorful and the book was enjoyable for her to look at.
Nice job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Videonut on December 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Tootle was one of my favorite books as a child. It's an enjoyable story with beautiful artwork, and its message is quite simple: Stay on the right track in order to realize the goals you have set for yourself. This philosophy has worked quite well for me in life, and I now look forward to enjoying this book with my twin granddaughters.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Thornton VINE VOICE on December 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It was my beloved big brother who first pointed out to me that Tootle was really a story about conforming to societal pressures. After his comments, I read the book with "new eyes" and was shocked.

Tootle is told that if he ever wants to amount to anything, he'd darn well better, "Stay on the rails" (ie: remain in the ruts of life). Like the young, innocent child, er, train that he is, Tootle persistently rebels at this idea.

Yet throughout the book, the mesmeric, lock-step-enforcing mantra that is drilled into Tootle is "Stay on the rails!"

Midway through the book, we read, "Next day, Tootle played all day in the meadow." The two-page illustration shows us that Tootle is happy; down deep to his iron-welds happy. There's a lovely daisy-chain draped around his front boiler plate; colorful butterflies dance around his head. His steam whistle bellows a happy tune. And Tootle's expressive choo-choo face - his eyes, nose and mouth - bespeak a profound joy.

This is Tootle's best moment. And this is where the book should have ended.

But no, this is not where the book ends. Tootle has a lesson to learn. In the end, Tootle is "cured" of jumping off the rails and enjoying the simple joys of life and frolicking in the meadow. Like his co-workers, er, fellow locomotives, he dutifully shows up for work each day and never questions, never rails against the sameness of his lot in life. At the end of the book, Tootle has been so thoroughly brainwashed that he is now advising the other young workers, "stay on the rails, no matter what."

We weep with Tootle and for Tootle, in that he has been taught by well-meaning "friends" to live a life more ordinary. I can only recommend Tootle for parents who want their children to "stay in the ruts of life, no matter what."

On the plus side, the pictures sure are cute. I really like happy train pictures.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Shea on October 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read Tootle as a child and to my own children since the early 1990s and through to today with my 2 year old. I have the current version and a pristine 1945 edition. The original had more artwork and was a longer story. Given that it is one of the longer Golden Books, I can understand why it was edited, but I do wish that some of the wonderful artwork had been kept. It is a great story with a great lesson.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mary Connealy on February 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Tootle contains a deep truth. There are nothing but red flags for little trains that get off the tracks.

This book should be on every parents daily reading list.

It is NOT about conformity, for heaven's sake.

Since when is following your dreams and respecting yourself and what's special about you 'off the tracks'.

'Off the tracks' means dropping out of school, crime, addiction, THESE are the tracks and trust me, if you get off the tracks your life is going to be FULL of red flags.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "rod_d" on April 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
being read this book as a child was simple fun, and went along with my parents encouraging me to be responsible.
as a parent I wanted my kids to realize that others were hurt by our unthinking selfishness.
It seems now that I'm older that the lesson, of doing only what WE want can spill the cargo of our family that we carry through life with us, is still valid.
That everyone in town is rooting for me to do what is right, and cheers when I'm successful, is what I wish to believe.
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