Thursday, August 30, 2007

Classic Little Tugboat Makes Waves Again

WESTPORT, Conn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A lovable little tugboat is dusting off his steam engine and chuggin’ full speed ahead towards a colorful comeback.

That’s the idea behind the release of the restored edition of Little Toot (Putnam) – a beloved children’s book originally published in 1939 – which hits shelves with brighter, more vibrant watercolor illustrations this September.

The book has seen tremendous success – never being out of print, and selling more than seven million copies – and late author Hardie Gramatky’s daughter, Linda Gramatky Smith, hopes its re-release, which marks her dad’s 100th birthday, will attract a new generation who’ll relate to the playful tugboat.

Says Gramatky Smith: “Little Toot deals with all the emotions that a real kid does. He gets embarrassed and teased by other boats, struggles to please his dad, and would rather be creative and play than work all day. It’s every kid’s childhood, but in the water!”

And Gramatky Smith knows all about relating to Little Toot, since she grew up with him.

She explains, “My dad never pushed me to like his book, but I loved it anyway. I always felt like Little Toot’s little sister, since I was energetic, but not quite as mischievous as Little Toot!”

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