by Gertrude Crampton

Hardcover, 2001



Call number




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


Tootle, a young train in training, begins leaving the tracks to cavort in the meadow until engineer Bill figures out a way to lure him back.

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LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
Maybe it's because it was the forties and the war was on and sh*t, but this book actually manages to make the moral "stay on the rails at all times" semi-palatable. And it does it while being very lovely about Tootle (a more lovable precursor to Thomas the Tank Engine) playing in the field and
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making flower wreaths. It understands, in other words, and it wishes the war wasn't on, but it is.
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LibraryThing member littlepiece
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
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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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LibraryThing member MrsLee
A Little Golden Book, one of the cutest stories ever about following rules, staying in boundaries, etc.
LibraryThing member MerryMary
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.
LibraryThing member CrystalReed
Tootle is a book about a little locomotive who is studying to become a Flyer between New York and Chicago. He must learn many lessons to be able to become a flyer. The most important lesson of all of them is Staying on the Rails No Matter What. Tootle has a hard time learning this lesson. He sees a
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horse who wants to race him, and tootle jumps off the tracks to race. Then he finds yellow buttercups and butterflies to play with in the meadow.

I really like this book. I loved it when my mom would read it to me as a child. I like the illustrations and the lessons it teaches. I think it is a really cute story.

I would use this book as part of a lesson on trains. I could also use this book with a lesson on rules. It is good to show why rules are important.
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LibraryThing member TimiF
This story teaches children what will happen if they do not obey their parents or teachers. It teaches them a life lesson as well. This book is great for kindergarten through second grade.
LibraryThing member Venarain
ohhhhh this book. My kid loves this book. I am deeply annoyed by this book. The moral of the story is to LITERALLY STAY ON THE TRACK (determined by your benevolent overseers) and don't smell flowers with wild horses. wtf?


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8.04 x 0.18 inches


0307020975 / 9780307020970



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