Thats the idea behind the release of the restored edition of Little Toot (Putnam) a beloved childrens 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 Gramatkys daughter, Linda Gramatky Smith, hopes its re-release, which marks her dads 100th birthday, will attract a new generation wholl 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. Its every kids 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 Toots little sister, since I was energetic, but not quite as mischievous as Little Toot!
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