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Book Review

Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine.

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Sexual Content

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Crude or Profane Language

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Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Little Toot the tugboat hates the job of pulling ships down the ocean; the wild seas scare him, and he prefers to spend his time making figure eights in the water. When some of the other boats tease him for his frivolity, Little Toot sails off to sulk. He decides to do better at his job, but no one will give him a chance to prove he can change. Then he sees an ocean liner stranded in a storm and is able to signal the other tugs with his smoke — but only he can get over the waves to save the ship. The experience changes him, and he begins to work much harder.

Christian Beliefs

None

Other Belief Systems

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Authority Roles

Big Toot, Little Toot’s father, is a hard-working boat — the biggest, fastest and smokiest tugboat on the river. Both he and Grandfather Toot rush to the rescue when they see Little Toot’s SOS. Grandfather Toot, an old sea dog, tells stories of his mighty deeds; he is equally proud to broadcast his grandson’s success when Little Toot rescues the ocean liner.

Profanity/Violence

None

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

None

Discussion Topics

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Additional Comments/Notes

Written in 1939, Little Toot became a Library of Congress children’s classic with five sequels.

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Rating

Readability Age Range

4 to 8

Author

Hardie Gramatky

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Platform

Publisher

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, Penguin Group

Released

On Video

Year Published

2000

Awards

Unknown

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