Scuffy the Tugboat: And His Adventures Down the River
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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ISBN 0307020460 - In some cases, updating the illustrations is a good idea. With Scuffy, an update like that would definitely NOT be for the best! The illustrations, detailed and adorable, are perfect and always have been.
Scuffy isn't happy in the toy store, and not much happier when he's taken home and put in a tub by the man with a polka dot tie. When he gets placed in a brook high in the hills, he's sure he's found the life for him. He floats along and the next morning Scuffy finds himself in a river, very proud of himself and "his" river. Small scares, like night and a flood, are nothing compared to the sight of the sea, with no beginning and no end! Scuffy wishes he could find the man with the polka dot tie and his little boy again...
With few long words, Scuffy's a great place for young readers to work on their skills. The story is actually fairly exciting and fast-paced, for a book of only 23 pages, which will keep them turning the pages.