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Tootle (A Billion Golden Memories of Little Golden Readers)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  3,478 ratings  ·  36 reviews
In this classic Little Golden Book from 1945, Tootle is a young locomotive who loves to chase butterflies through the meadow. But he must learn to stay on the tracks no matter what—if he ever hopes to achieve his dream of being a Flyer between New York and Chicago!
Published November 1st 1987 by Goldencraft (first published 1945)
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Jen Kautt
Sep 12, 2007 Jen Kautt rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those parents whom want to alienate their children from the beauty of nature
Tootle,Tootle, all you wanted to do was "dip and soar" like the butterflies you admired in the meadow of Lower Trainswitch. But Bill, head engineer of the School for Engines and "The Mayor Himself" taught you that it was foolish for an engine to get lost looking at hollyhock flowers when he could be the fastest flyer since "old 300".
Yes, a children's book that touts the importance of the coal blackned lungs of the Industrial Revoultion in place of the Romantic reverance of nature. Work and stric...more
This is quite possibly the worst book written for children. Ever. Joe loves it, but I refuse to read it to him. It's all about "staying on the tracks no matter what." A little engine finds that he likes playing in a meadow, with the birds and bugs and flowers, and the whole town conspires against him to keep him on the track. There's one illustration where he's sobbing and the all white town is gleefully trying to get him out of the meadow. And what the fuck is with the black horse that gets him...more
John Yelverton
Such a fun and friendly book about a fun and friendly train.
Some give this 1945 children’s book low ratings for teaching a message of “staying on the rails,” criticizing the implicit message that children should remain within the boundaries set for them instead of exploring all the world has to offer. I give it a low rating for the opposite reason. Boundaries are necessary for joy and usefulness. But despite the main character repeatedly breaking the central rule given to him (a rule designed not just for his own safety, but for the safety of those aroun...more
My child was wild about this book at at two could pretty much recite it. It's cute and Tootle is adorable. The illustrations are charming. As for those who are so worried that it preaches conformity, please try growing up a bit. It preaches discipline, actually, which is quite different from conformity. My son today is an artist and writer. He has and has always had a great imagination.
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I only just recently read this story for the first time, and I have been an adult for many years. Although I had a serious collection of Little Golden Books as a child, my collection did not include this one.

At first as I read this book, I was strongly reminded of Ferdinand the bull, so I liked it. But the ending was very different. If Ferdinand's beloved cork tree had been surrounded by red capes, they might have been the same book. The biggest difference is, Tootles wanted to run the express...more
Jun 23, 2008 Katherine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who will read it critically and realize it's not just a cute story
As a non-comformist, I was mortified the first time I read this book as an adult (10 years ago). I immediately looked at the original year it was published-- 1945. Smack in the McCarthy Era. No wonder! Red flags? Stay on the rails? Ironically, I now have two preschoolers who love this book. I keep it around so we can eventually have a discussion about its messages. How does one start a discussion with small children about McCarthyism vs. anarchy? I give this book three stars because on one hand,...more
This was personally 10 times better than The Little Engine That Could and deserves 6 stars since I personally found the animations to be much more appealing, however, that is the true original version. I had so much fun with this book and taught me to persevere through difficult times. "I think I can I think I can I think I can!" was the mantra it teaches youth. I can't tell you how many times I read this story. This is a MUST HAVE for any child, in addition to first introducing them to The Litt...more
Jeffrey Hite
This is one of those books that for reasons that I can't understand, my children love. We have the original version, and I am very glad that the book is starting to fall apart because I now have a good reason not to read it. I love my kids and normally I will read whatever they bring to me but I always cringe when they bring this one.

This books seems to be about someone who wants something but is not willing to pay the price it takes to get what they want. They have to be forced into it. And the...more
Cute book when I read it as a kid...still a cute book when I read it to my daughter.
Skylar Burris
This is very wordy, a little too wordy for my preschooler, but she has nonetheless asked to read it repeatedly, and I have been forced to "condense" it in some parts to keep her (and, alas, myself) interested. She doesn't seem to get the concept of what is going on; she just enjoys the pictures of the train. It's not my favorite of the classic Golden Books. I'm not sure I find the message particularly positive. It's not really as if Tootle truly learns the importance of following reasonable rule...more
I realized awhile back that I had never read this story before. I always got it mixed up with "The Little Engine That Could", which we read repeatedly growing up and loved! Well, I found a copy of it recently, used, and read it, but did not enjoy it as I expected to. I actually found it just plain ridiculous and irritating! Especially since the phrase "staying on the rails no matter what" is repeated about a million times. I wanted to like it, I really did, but just couldn't!
L'apprentissage d'une locomotive à devenir un bon élément. Toujours s'arrêter au drapeau rouge et rester sur les rails quoi qu'il advienne. L'apprentissage est difficile pour la petite locomotive qui aime aller dans la prairie mais les enseignements de l'école des locomotives triomphent toujours.
Lewis Manalo
If you want to teach your children to conform to the cowardly whims of group think, to embrace conformity, and to "stay on the tracks" outlined by authority, this is the book to give them. Free-thinkers, stay clear of this brightly-colored blot on children's literature.
Jan 29, 2013 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Mary Connealy
We read this one in A Family Treasury of Little Golden Books: 46 Best-Loved Stories. It is wordy but with good morals.
Felicia Latoya Brown
Another book I found on my nephews' bookshelves that I had to pick up and read. I remembered the title from my childhood but I couldn't remember the story. Cute story with a valuable lesson about following instructions so that you can achieve your dream.
Apr 29, 2008 Kirei rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids
Shelves: younger-kids
This book is VERY wordy for its targeted age group. When my son was a toddler, I would skip whole paragraphs to keep his attention. I'm not even sure I like the moral of the story: it's wrong to get off the tracks and play in the meadow.
My 2-year old son loves the pictures, but won't sit still for the story yet. There is too much text on each page for him to sit through. The story is kind of inane and taxes my patience to even read it to him, also.
One of my favorites to share with my son--and one he and I both enjoyed when I had read it so many times that I could ad lib it on long drives--even when the book wasn't with us. :D
Conform, young one, conform! After exploring, frolicking, enjoying the meadows (bad, bad, bad), Tootle learns to stay on the tracks at last. Good grief.
i don't remember what it was about, i just remember making my parents read it to me every night for about 3 years
April Hubbard

My 2 year old daughter loves this book! It's the one she brings to me to read 9 times out if 10.
Don Gubler
Nice story and message although I am not sure I buy it. I still want to smell the flowers.
William Aicher
A horrible story of conformity. Bad lesson for a child - giving this away to goodwill.
A cute and classic children's story about the potentiality.
early reader book, a short retelling of the cartoon
Didn't even make it out of the train station for me.
Classic book, but seems a little dated...
Don't go off the rails, boys and girls!
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