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Little Toot
The Classic Abridged Edition (80th Anniversary)
By (author): Hardie Gramatky
9780593095454 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft Jul 16, 2019
$6.99 CAD
Active 8 x 8.06 x 0.12 in 32 pages Grosset & Dunlap
Celebrate 80 years of Little Toot!

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 abridged storybook of Hardie Gramatky’s classic tale—celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019—is sure to delight a whole new generation of readers!

Hardie Gramatky was born in Dallas, Texas, 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, he and his wife, Dorothea Cooke, moved to New York City 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.

Mark Burgess studied Fine Art at the Slade School in London, then worked for a short time at London Zoo and in a library in Cambridge, before he beginning to write and illustrate full-time. In 2000, Mark provided new illustrations for the classic abridged edition of Little Toot. Mark lives in the southwest of England with his wife and cat. When he's not working he loves reading, gardening, and walking in the woods near his house.

Illustrator Residence: southwest England

Praise for Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky:

“I am delighted to know that this classic piece of Americana, Little Toot, will be enjoyed by readers of all ages for many years to come.”—Eric Carle

“How delightful to revisit the seaworthy world of brave Little Toot—that little tugboat who proves his courage and earns his manhood riding atop Gramatky’s superb, water, wild waves. This book has a sweet innocence and joy that now seems thoroughly lost.”—Maurice Sendak

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