Scuffy the Tugboat and His Adventures Down the River

by Gertrude Crampton

Hardcover, 2001



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Golden Books (2001), Edition: Illustrated, 24 pages


Meant for “bigger things,” Scuffy the Tugboat sets off to explore the world. But on his daring adventure Scuffy realizes that home is where he’d rather be, sailing in his bathtub. For over 50 years, parents and children have cherished this classic Little Golden Book.

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LibraryThing member ALelliott
I loved Little Golden Books when I was little, and was so happy to see them back in print. In this quest story, Scuffy is a hubristic toy tugboat, who, unsatisfied with life on the toy shop owner's shelf, sets off on a journey on a great river that takes him along towns, bridges, waterwheels and
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more. But when he gets to the sea, he realizes he would like nothing more than to be safe on the shelf of his toyshop or sailing the bathtub. The book has an improbable plot, as somehow the toy shop owner is there to pick him up just before he is swept out to see, but has a good lesson for children: there's no place like home (hmmm, where have I heard that before?) The classic illustrations, a mixture of watercolor and ink, will appeal to children with their detail and liveliness. The story, however, doesn't really need the illustrations. For ages 5-8.
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LibraryThing member nykolaibasket
A toy tugboat finds out that it's a big, scary world out there, and that he's too little to enjoy it yet.
LibraryThing member hundredacre
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.
LibraryThing member stharp
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
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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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LibraryThing member teddiemitchell
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member mrsarey
A little tugboat is too proud and wants bigger things. He finds out that bigger isn't necessarily better.
LibraryThing member MrsLee
Nice story about finding your place in the world.
LibraryThing member Bookwormeater
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.
LibraryThing member mercedesromero
This book tells the tale of the tugboat Scuffy, who is in search of bigger and better things, the ocean. This story takes children through his journey down the stream and eventually to the ocean!
LibraryThing member bdecossa
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.
LibraryThing member RiaO
This is a cute little story about Scuffy, a toy tugboat, who believes hes meant for bigger and better things. When a bathtub does not satisfy his need for adventure, Scuffy is taken to a river where he take off in search of his adventure. Scuffy eventually realizes that he is lonely and the sea is
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no place for him and returns back to his bathtub where he happily sails from end to end.
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8 inches


0307020460 / 9780307020468



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