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Little Toot

Written & illustrated by Hardie Gramatky
Published by Grosset & Dunlap
Goodreads Rating - 5.0 / 5.0
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What's Little Toot About

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Little Toot is a tugboat who does not want to tug. Instead, he wants to make figure eights in the harbor and bother all the other tugboats. But when he ends up all alone on the open water as a storm is rolling in, it’s up to him to save a stuck ocean liner. This classic story is sure to delight a whole new generation of readers!

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Who Wrote Little Toot

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Hardie Gramatky

Hardie Gramatky was born in Dallas, TX, in 1907 but moved to California as a small boy after his father died of tuberculosis. He attended Stanford University (earning the tuition by working as a logger and a bank teller) and Chouinard Art Institute before becoming one of Disney’s early animators in 1929. In the 1920s and `30s, he helped start the California Watercolor movement. In 1936, after a 6-year Disney contract expired, he left the company (earning $150 a week, a huge sum in the Depression) to move to New York City with his wife, artist Dorothea Cooke, to become illustrators. It was there, in his studio on Pearl Street, that Gramatky saw a Moran tugboat out his window that obviously didn’t want to work and kept making figure 8s on the East River. So in 1939 after painting many watercolors of the busy harbor, Gramatky wondered what would happen if a “tug didn’t want to tug” and wrote the story. The book got immediate attention and has been a favorite picture book ever since, and Gramatky’s fine art watercolors and giclée prints continue to be prized. He died of cancer of the ileum in Westport, Connecticut, on April 29, 1979.

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Book Details

ISBN:
9780593095454
Publication Date:
July 16, 2019
ASIN/ISBN 10:
0593095456
Lexile® Level:
AD640L
ATOS® Book Level:
4.7
Accelerated Reader® Points:
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
6125
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
LG

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