Little Tug by Stephen Savage

Little Tug
Stephen Savage
Roaring Book Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59643-648-0
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool, Toddlers
4 Stars

Little Tug is not as fast as a speed boat. Not as tall as a sailboat. Not as big as an ocean liner. However, Little Tug does have an important job. And when all the other fast, tall, or big boats need help Little Tug is there! In turn, when Little Tug needs help getting to sleep and is tired, the other boats are more than happy to help Little Tug in turn.

This cute picture book is full of boats. The colors various shades of blue with a touch of red, black, and white helps to punctuate the nautical theme as well as the night time conclusion. There is a short sentence on each page. This helps to keep toddlers and younger preschoolers interested without trying their attention span. And those youngsters who are always looking for more transportation favorites will be well pleased with this offering. Plus, Little Tug is one that might become as well-loved as another railway transportation character. Hopefully there will be more to come from Little Tug!

What kids will learn from this:
Colors can be an important addition to the story are are vastly important to the illustrations. And the colors are probably chosen for a specific reason.
Even though you might not be the best at something in particular, it doesn’t mean you can’t be friends with those who are.
You are as important as anyone else.
Nobody can do everything by themselves.
It is good to go to sleep, even tugboats need to. Sleeping is good!

What to do after reading this book:
Go to sleep like Little Tug (with a blanket, a song, and a hug).
Make your own boat out of newspaper, wood, or something of the sort.
Go visit a place where boats are. If one is not close, visit a water place and perhaps put your own boat in the water.
Float a toy boat in your bathtub.
Talk about the things that you do well and how you can help others.
Draw a picture about an object (like a boat) at night.

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