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Tootle Hardcover – February 12, 2001
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About the Author
Janette Sebring Lowrey lived in Texas and wrote young adult novels in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as a few other Little Golden Books.
Kathryn Jackson wrote dozens of Golden Books, among them "Nurse Nancy "and "The Animals Merry Christmas,"
Byron Jackson co-authored Little Golden Book's "Pirate Ships and Sailors" with Kathryn Jackson.
"Scuffy the Tugboat, Tootle, The Good Humor Man, Animal Orchestra," and "The Great Big Fire Engine Book" are among the many bestselling Little Golden Books that Tibor Gergely brought to life.
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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.
- Don't succumb to peer pressure
- Remain focused on your goals and you can achieve anything
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.
First, unlike other little golden books the pictures are very tiny in the text is very lengthy. Not good for young children. Also, only some of the illustrations are in color. Others are only partial color, like brown and a little red.
Besides this, I think the lesson in the book fails to come across well. The story is of a little locomotive who is training to be a big locomotive and he supposed to stay on the train tracks. Instead he decides he wants to go and play in the meadow. Most of the book is showing him sneaking and playing in the beautiful meadow, having a wonderful time with the horses, flowers, and butterflies even tho he knows it's naughty and disobedient. At the end all the towns people gather in the field with red flags and wave them at him. (The locomotives signal to stop) somehow he magically feels more inclined to obey that rule and it makes him no longer want to play in the meadow because he has to keep stopping and it's not fun anymore. Then he sees his teacher on the train track with the green flag which means that's the place where he can go. Next thing you know he's a wonderful big locomotive who's one of the fastest and best. Is failure to do well and follow the rules had no lasting impact on his life or his success. He was a terrible student but still excelled somehow. It's a weak message with no consequences for disobedience. If the book is meant to teach a lesson it doesn't do that. If anything it makes disobedience seem very fun.
I think this book will end up in the trash. I'm so disappointed with it because my son loves trains. I don't usually write bad reviews. I love Little Golden books and I have a whole collection of them. So sad that this one turned out to be a lemon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible book. Nothing like the true tootle book. Don't waste moneyPublished 24 days ago by WILLIAM BECKER
Half the pages are printed upside down. I received two copies of this book with the same issue.Published 2 months ago by Missy Stephens
My godson needed some children's books and what a wonderful place to get them, at a great pricePublished 2 months ago by D. at LLRC