Scuffy the Tugboat

Scuffy the Tugboat

by Gertrude Crampton

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Overview

One of the most beloved children's stories everthe classic Little Golden Book tale of Scuffy, an adventurous little tugboat. 

Meant for "bigger things," Scuffy the Tugboat leaves the man with the polka-dot tie and his little boy and sets off to explore the world. But on his daring adventure down the river, Scuffy realizes that home is where he'd rather be, sailing in his bathtub. Generations of parents and children have cherished this classic Little Golden Book, originally published in 1946.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307020468
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Series: Little Golden Book Series
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 63,879
Product dimensions: 6.63(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

GERTRUDE CRAMPTON (1909-1996) wrote the beloved classic Little Golden Books Tootle (published in 1945) and Scuffy the Tugboat (published in 1946), both of which have never been out of print. Crampton was born in New York in 1909, and studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She died in 1996.

TIBOR GERGELY (1900-1978) brought to life two of the most popular Little Golden Book characters, beloved by generations: Scuffy the Tugboat and Tootle. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he received his formal art schooling in Vienna at age 20. Gergely designed stage sets and marionettes and worked as an illustrator and cartoonist for central European newspapers. In 1939, Gergely immigrated to the United States, settling in New York. His long association with Golden Books began in 1942—the year of its launch—and continued as long as he lived. In 1955, Gergely received a Caldecott Honor for Wheel on the Chimney, written by Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon. He illustrated more than seventy Golden Books, including The Great Big Fire Engine Book, The Taxi That Hurried, Daddies, The Merry Shipwreck, Seven Little Postmen, The Happy Man and His Dump Truck, Animal Orchestra, and Animal Gym.

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Scuffy theTugboat 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
bdecossa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scuffy the tugboat is not happy or content with sitting on a shelf in a toy store. So he takes off looking for bigger and better things in the ocean. While on his adventure, he realizes that he would much rather be back safe on his shelf in the toy store or floating in a bathtub.
Bookwormeater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scuffy was a sad and cross tugboat. He wanted bigger things in life. When he got them he didn't want them anymore and wanted to go back to where it was save in the bathtub. This would be a good book to teach students about goals.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice story about finding your place in the world.
mrsarey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little tugboat is too proud and wants bigger things. He finds out that bigger isn't necessarily better.
teddiemitchell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scuffy the Tugboat sat on a shelf until the man with the polka dot tie took him down because Scuffy told him he was made for bigger things. The man took him out to a brook where Scuffy tugged away downstream away from the man with the polka dot tie and his son. Scuffy at first thought that it was great until things started happening that frightened Scuffy. At the end of the book when he makes it back he realizes that he just needs to be able to tug in a bath tub not in a big river.Scuffy the Tugboat is good book that shows sometimes you should not always ask for more. I remember when my mom use to read this book to me before I went to bed at night. In the classroom I will have the students draw a picture of a time when they thought they wanted bigger and realized they did not.
hundredacre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute vintage book. A little tugboat finds out weather he's cut out for a fast or slow paced life. It's not fascinating, but the illustrations are charming and kids like it.
stharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a fantasy because the toy store owner and his son can hear the little tug boat. In real life that simply could not happen. The theme of this book make it a lot of fun to read, but at times the book seems to wander, and since its not very long there really is not time for that. As a pleasure read, this is definitely a great book, but as for staying within the theme, I would not use it as a great example.
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psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for the artwork.  That is not to say that the story is bad -- it isn't bad -- it's just that the artwork is better. Scuffy, the toy tugboat, thought he was too big for the toy shelf, so the toy store owner brought him home.  Then Scuffy thought he was too big for the bathtub, so the toy store owner and his son took Scuffy to the brook.  But it was Spring and the brook was in high spirits.  And high-spirited brooks lead to rivers, and rivers lead to the sea.  And toy tugboats are far too small for the sea. So, the story isn't bad.  In fact, it is quite good.  But the illustrations are so perfect that I remember them after nearly forty years. 
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MB513 More than 1 year ago
My two yr old loves it. I have bought other read and play books and read to me books for him; this is the one he keeps returning to.
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