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Scuffy the Tugboat (A Little Golden Book)

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The story of a toy tugboat and his dream to be somewhere other than the toy store.
Hardcover, a Little Golden Book Classic, 24 pages
Published 1993 by Western Publishing Company, Inc. (first published 1946)
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Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Matt Cunningham
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Scuffy the Tugboat is among the ten best-selling hardcover children's books in English. It was published by Little Golden Books in 1946 and features the marvelous art of Tibor Gergely.

Scuffy is a little red tugboat in a toy shop. A boy, Nicky, buys him, takes him home, and plays with him in the bathtub. The boat is glad to have a playmate and to finally be in the water, but he yearns for bigger things. Nicky promises Scuffy a trip to the brook the next day, so he can really see what it feels lik
John Yelverton
Fun little children's book. It's pretty much a requirement to read little Golden Books to your children.
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Scuffy.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this little book as a child. Brought back lots of good memories.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this as a kid and now am rereading it to my daughter. Follows the story of Scuffy who wants to see the world and has large goals. He discovers the world is far too big and dangerous and chooses to stay with his owners in a comfortable bathtub where he is safe.
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic, and brings up nice memories, but has a somewhat disturbing message ("Be happy where you are - the world is big and scary!"
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Scuffy is a little rowboat who feels destined to do bigger things. He wants to see the world and travel. Like many of us he doesn't know what he has until it's gone. Sometimes we spend our whole lives searching for something we already had. Scuffy can relate to that. I found this story to be pretty sweet, a little drawn out but sweet. Not in anyway was the ending realistic, but with most children's books they always find a way to add a little magic.
Marty Nicholas
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Came across Scruffy and was delighted! A treasure from my childhood and not a disappointment when I read it to my grandson. Both the story and illustrations are an understated bit of perfect.
Barbara Donnelly
Scuffy the Tugboat was one of the Little Books I read as a child. Imagine my surprise when I went to Mary Manse College in Toledo, Ohio, and she was one of the professors! Loved the book!
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a cute story.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspired take on a prodigal's tale
Orion Kopf
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully illustrated and a cute story.
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christina Taylor
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
Scuffy the Tugboat is a tale of appreciation in which a red-painted tugboat has the adventure of his life and learns to value the life he has rather than yearning for “bigger things.” When Scuffy expresses displeasure with his toy store existence, the shop owner suggests that perhaps he would be happier if he went sailing. This benevolent shop owner takes Scuffy home and places him in a bath tub to sail. Convinced that he is meant for even bigger things, Scuffy is still not happy, so the shop ow ...more
Wayne Walker
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kory Bootsma
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-we-own
This was one of my favorite books as a child, and I found it at the used bookstore, so of course I had to buy it for the memories!
In retrospect, I have no idea why I liked it so much. I think it was because of the pictures (I particularly liked the picture of the people putting up sandbags in the flood) and because in the end Scuffy discovers the perfect life for him.
Can't wait to read it to my own child some day! In fact, maybe I'll try to track down a second copy, knowing how rough kids are on
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fave of mine as a child in the 1950's, and a fave of my own children in the 80's and 90's. Engaging text with colorful and charming illustrations by Tibor Gergely, the saga of a toy tugboat's journey from bathtub, to rushing brook, to river, to bustling New York harbor, to the brink of the Atlantic, all evoking a 1940's America. An object lesson in "be careful what you wish for", featuring - for you dramatic device wonks -a deus ex machina at its finest. "Scuffy" remains in my library in an ho ...more
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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
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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