Blogging NPR: A Classic Children's Book Returns

Blogging NPR: A Classic Children's Book Returns

Julia Cho
Nov 2, 2007

It was 1939 when Hardie Gramatky was inspired by a little tugboat he saw in the East River. Gramatky was an illustrator who worked for Walt Disney Studios, and after a few watercolors of the tugboat, "Little Toot" was born.

A classic tale in the vein of "The Little Engine that Could," "Little Toot" is going to be reissued by Penguin Putnam in honor of what would have been the author's 100th birthday. All the rich colors of the earliest editions will also be restored. This is definitely one that will be on our shelf.

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