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Scuffy the Tugboat (Little Golden Book)

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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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 11th 2003 by Golden books (first published 1946)
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Kirk
Feb 16, 2012 Kirk rated it it was amazing
Dreams and aspirations. We all have them. Some of us shoot for the moon so that we may reach the stars . . . but most of the time we're left grasping at straws before our feet even leave the ground.

Then there are the ambitious folks like Scuffy, who jump a few feet only to be beaten back to the earth by the gods. The plight of the has-been remains one of popular culture's main sources of entertainment. The greater the giant, the longer their reign, and the harder they fall, the better. The only
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Matt Cunningham
Apr 19, 2012 Matt Cunningham rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
A nautical classic on par with the saga of Horatio Hornblower or the seagoing adventures of Ishmael. The reader is instantly transported to the 1940's world of Scuffy the tugboat in a quest I think we all share: the search for self-worth, validation, and confidence in a shifting and patronizing society. Without spoiling the story, Scuffy triumphs and banishes his twisted demons, while still not going so far beyond the pale that he is unable to reconcile with The Man With The Polkadot Tie and his ...more
John Yelverton
Jan 02, 2012 John Yelverton rated it liked it
Fun little children's book.
Indra
Sep 30, 2008 Indra rated it really liked it
I love Scuffy.
Kory Bootsma
Feb 16, 2015 Kory Bootsma rated it really liked it
Shelves: etec545-class2
Scuffy the tugboat is a lonely toy at the toy store who dreams of achieving "bigger things". Taken home by a young boy, Scuffy finds himself "setting sail" in the local stream. Scuffy sings his "happy toot" as he travels along, exploring the landscape and meeting new animals. Yet as darkness falls, Scuffy becomes afraid and finds himself in other challenges that he must overcome. Yet the minute the story takes a dark turn, Scuffy wakes up and the reader realizes that it's just a dream. This book ...more
Luann
This was the first book I read all the way through by myself when I was learning to read. I still remember how great I felt when I finally got to the last page!
Karl
Apr 16, 2008 Karl rated it really liked it
Classic, and brings up nice memories, but has a somewhat disturbing message ("Be happy where you are - the world is big and scary!"
Angie
Apr 10, 2015 Angie rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
Synopsis: "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."

My Review: Munchkin saw this cover on the back of another golden book and wanted to read it. Unfortunately, this one didn't capture Munchkin's attention the way we expected. The story was a little long and a overly descri
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Wayne S.
Dec 28, 2013 Wayne S. rated it it was amazing
Scuffy is a red toy tugboat with a blue smokestack who doesn’t like sitting in a toy shop. So the man with the polka dot tie who owns the store takes Scuffy home where his little boy sails him in the bathtub. But Scuffy doesn’t like being limited to a bathtub either. So the man and the boy take Scuffy to a brook, and Scuffy sails away, down the brook to the river, past villages and cities, all the way to the sea. What will happen to the little tugboat? Will Scuffy ever make it back home?
This Li
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Sri
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Scuffy perahu mainan kecil berwarna merah. Meskipun kecil tetapi dia merasa dia hadir untuk hal yang besar. Bathtub bukan tempatnya. Saat dia dimainkan di sungai, Scuffy segera melaju dan tak mau lagi kembali. Jauh dia berpetualang, dari hutan, kampung, kota besar, hingga lautan lepas. Melewati terjangan kayu-kayu yang baru ditebang, banjir besar, juga lalu lintas air yang sangat padat. Di lautan dia tersadar, tak ada awal dan ujung di perairan yang luas itu. Dia pun rindu bat
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Jocelin
Dec 02, 2015 Jocelin rated it really liked it
This is a classic little golden book, that I have not read in a very long time. It has been around for ages and I remember when it was read to me during story time in elementary school. When I saw this on the rack I did not think I would enjoy it, surprise I really did. This little tugboat thinks that he is made for much larger things and sets out for an adventure. He soon realizes that the life that he had was not so bad. This is a great book to introduce the little one to the little golden boo ...more
Laura Verret
Jan 10, 2015 Laura Verret rated it really liked it
Scuffy is sad. Scuffy is cross. Scuffy doesn’t want to live all of his life at the toystore. He wants to go out and see the world – go on a grand adventure on the famous waterways of the world! But how can he do that while he is stuck on the shelf?

One day, the man in the polka dot tie who owns the toyshop takes pity on Scuffy and brings him home to sail in the bathtub. But Scuffy refuses to sail in the tub – a fine tugboat like him deserves to float on a real river! So the man in the polka dot t
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Ryan
Jul 06, 2013 Ryan rated it liked it
This is one of those books that my son seems to like, but I'm not a fan of. At all. I read it to him when requested, and I try to like it at least half as much as he does, but I just can't do it.

Scuffy is a toy tugboat who is not content to spend his days on a toyshelf or in a bathtub. His owners sense this somehow, place him in a stream one day, and whoosh, off he goes on a journey. We follow Scuffy as the stream gets wider and wider, deeper and deeper, faster and faster. Scuffy manages to flo
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Stacy
Dec 23, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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Linda Schreyer
Jan 28, 2015 Linda Schreyer rated it it was amazing
Considering that I am the heir to TIbor Gergely's artwork, it is an amazing pleasure to read Scuffy to my 2 year old grandson. And to discover how much my grandson loves this book. Tibor Gergely (an honorary uncle to me, best friend of my family) was the most gentle and loving man I ever met. Only a man with such love in his heart could have drawn such iconic illustrations. Thank you, Geri!
Angela
Feb 21, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this book with my Grandmother on Friday nights when I would have a sleepover at her house. This is a great book about a little tugboat who thinks he is meant for bigger and better things than just a bathtub. When he gets his chance to go to those bigger and better places he takes it, but soon finds out that sometimes you are meant to be where you are no matter how much you think you want a change. I loved this book when I was a child and I love it now as a parent. This is a cu ...more
ScarlettMi
Nov 07, 2014 ScarlettMi rated it it was amazing
I vaguely remember this book being one of my favourites from when I was really little. I can remember reading it with my mom and my grandma. I even have the vague sense that it was a little creepy or scary or had some sort of suspenseful moment(s)? I just remember that I Loved it.
Jayetta Carter-mcfarlin
I would use this book across all elementary grade levels to examine writing styles. This book is also good for teaching reading comprehension skills like predicting, imaging, monitoring, and summarizing. I would use the book to introduce a social studies lesson emphasing how the boat travels to different places. The book also mentions the weather conditions and the jobs the people are doing in those places. Since the little boy's toy boat begins its travel down a brook which emptied into a river ...more
Mikael Lind
Mar 15, 2016 Mikael Lind rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This is a great book for kids, and fun for parents, too. My daughter loves it even though she's still too young to understand what's going on. I'm sure she'll love it even more as she gets older. Beautiful illustrations.
Pam
Jul 19, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
It is all about the pictures in this book, for me. Looking at them and being reminded of looking at them as a child while the book was read to me...and looking at them with my children. <3
Noelle Walsh
Mar 12, 2014 Noelle Walsh rated it liked it
I liked this book when I was a kid. I didn't read it until it fell apart (like I did with Pinocchio) but I remember liking it. I think I ended up going through a phase of liking tugboats after that.
Karen
Sep 14, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
I bought this book for the artwork. That is not to say that the story is bad -- it isn't bad -- it's just that the artwork is better.

Scuffy, the toy tugboat, thought he was too big for the toy shelf, so the toy store owner brought him home. Then Scuffy thought he was too big for the bathtub, so the toy store owner and his son took Scuffy to the brook. But it was Spring and the brook was in high spirits. And high-spirited brooks lead to rivers, and rivers lead to the sea. And toy tugboats are far
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Janice
Yes I have 2 of these books. This one has no isbn and is older than our other one. It is a cute story. Our other book has the isbn of 0-307-02046-0 and was printed in 1993. It looks identical to this one except it does not have the 89 cents stamped on it. The number printed in corner is 310-54, this one is 310-41.
Dee
Sep 09, 2014 Dee rated it it was amazing
My poor mother had to read this book to me OVER and over again. It was one I never seemed to get tired of hearing.
Tony Siddall
Jul 31, 2015 Tony Siddall rated it it was amazing
A red painted tugboat hears the call to adventure.
Jonelle Tiffany Boulter
Sep 22, 2014 Jonelle Tiffany Boulter rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Teaches children about appreciating what they have.
H.L. Stephens
Sep 04, 2014 H.L. Stephens rated it it was amazing
Yet another favorite from the Golden Books collection.
Kathryn
Oct 22, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite childhood books. :)
Will Kastner
Aug 13, 2014 Will Kastner rated it did not like it
Deadly to susceptible young minds.
Tim
Dec 15, 2013 Tim rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
A little tugboat isn't satisfied sitting on the shelf of a toy store. The owner obliges and puts him in his bathtub. That still isn't enough, so he gets dropped in a stream. But Scuffy has great ambitions for his life, and floats downstream in search of a bigger world. Will the world end up being too big for Scuffy?
Overall, I think the story is interesting; It has a message that one can relate to, but sometimes it shows it's age. Certain vocabulary words seem either unusual or too advanced for t
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