Tootle

Tootle

by Gertrude Crampton, Johan Sarrazin

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Overview

Tootle, a baby locomotive, must obey the rules of locomotive school if he wants to lead a fast train someday. But once in a while he breaks those rules by going off the track and wandering into a lovely green meadow...until one day he's discovered. With charming illustrations by the great Tibor Gergely, Tootle offers an enduring message about the conflict between temptation and responsibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887761683
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 10/01/1984
Series: Little Golden Book Series
Pages: 24
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Gertrude Crampton wrote the classic Little Golden Books Tootle (published in 1945) and Scuffy the Tugboat (published in 1946), which are two of the bestselling English-language hardcover children's books of all time. They have never been out of print. Crampton was born in New York in 1909, and received her teaching credentials from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She passed away in 1996.

Tibor Gergely, who was born in Hungary in 1900 and emigrated to the US in 1939, was one of the most prolific of the early Little Golden Books illustrators. He brought to life many classic and beloved LGB characters including Tootle, the Little Red Caboose, and Scuffy the Tugboat. He died in 1978.

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Tootle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I only just recently read this story for the first time, and I have been an adult for many years.  Although I had a serious collection of Little Golden Books as a child, my collection did not include this one.  At first as I read this book, I was strongly reminded of Ferdinand the bull, so I liked it.  But the ending was very different.  If Ferdinand's beloved cork tree had been surrounded by red capes, they might have been the same book.  The biggest difference is, Tootles wanted to run the express line and Ferdinand did not want to leave his meadow.  While I understand the conformist subtext, I can't hate this story as much as others do.  Sometimes we do have to set aside play to achieve our goals.  I would like to think that Tootles was occasionally able to still sneak off the trains when he wasn't running the express. At least, that is how I would have written it. The artwork is joyfully wonderful.  Perhaps that is why I am so forgiving of the story itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old grandson loved this story.
ConnieKD More than 1 year ago
Outstanding means of teaching self disapline and perserverance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All ages will enjoy this timeless clasic
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic from not only my daughter's childhood, but my own as well. My daddy was a railroad man, and this is one of the earliest books I remember. Tootle goes to Little Locomotive School and must learn to Stay on the Rails, No Matter What.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Little Golden Book, one of the cutest stories ever about following rules, staying in boundaries, etc.
littlepiece on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm told I adored this book as a toddler. The text is somewhat wordy for most very young children, but the illustrations are colorful and it's a book about trains, dammit! Some kids *love* trains. (Thanks, Thomas.) Tootle is a little locomotive in training at the station to become a big locomotive with a grown-up job. The cardinal rule if he hopes to become an Express Flyer: Stay On The Tracks No Matter What. But then he discovers butterflies and buttercups....
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The best of the early Golen Books. Tootle learns to obey rules and grows up after learning discipline. Timeless lessons and a magnificent story combine for a tale your child will cherish for a lifetime. Before Thomas, this was the ultimate train book.
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