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on 31 January 2001
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Way back in 1946, toy stores were tranquil uncrowded places. The Baby Boom was yet to take off. In the toy shop there was a rocking horse, a GI Joe Doll and a few cuddly soft toys ........ and one grumpy red painted tugboat called Scuffy.
Scuffy was ambitious. He thought he was meant for bigger things, than just sailing in a bathtub.
The toy shop owner (with his memorable polka dot tie) and his little boy, took Scuffy off to a laughing brook. It was springtime and the brook was running fast. Scuffy was soon off on his adventure.
The pastoral world he passed through seemed placid, but at night the hooting owl gave him a fright.
The river got bigger and busier. Scuffy was proud because he knew it was HIS river. He was nearly squashed between two logs that were on their way to the sawmill. With the spring melt a great flood burst the rivers banks. A lady and her cow had to be rescued off her roof.
Pushed along by the floodwaters Scuffy arrived in the big city. It was a very noisy and busy place. When Scuffy tooted nobody noticed.
Scuffy was just about to be swept out to sea. He wished the man with the polka dot tie and his little boy could rescue him. Miracle of miracles, there they were just as Scuffy was about to pass the last bit of land. He was rescued.
Scuffy realises that sailing in the bathtub is not such a bad thing ...... in fact he said "this is the life for me".
The illustrations by Tibor Gergely are what make this book so appealing. The scenes are full of life and activity, be it the pastoral river scene with its friendly animals and the colourful towns and cities. Look for the details in the city scene. Try to find the horses.
Tibor Gergely was a great children's book illustrator from this period. In addition to his artwork in Scuffy you can enjoy his illustrations in those other "Little Golden Book" classics, "The Little Red Caboose" and "Tootle". These three books are perfect companions in any young person's library.
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on 18 June 1999
My father read me this when I was an infant and I have loved it ever since. Innocent and exciting, a perfect book for a small child coming to the magic of story-telling.
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on 20 December 2009
My mum and dad used to read this story to me and I almost know it off by heart - highly recommend it for your children and grandchildren
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on 9 March 2011
As with all traditional Golden book stories this book is a lovely story with great illistrations. Sometimes there is a bit too much writing for the younger child but is you can give them a brief version of each page the pictures will keep them entertained and delighted. I remember this story from my MANY books when I was young so there must be something special about it as that was over 30 years ago. Love this book!
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on 3 January 2013
My son (will be turning 4 next month), is fascinated by the story and the illustrations and wants to look at them over and over again. Portrays many different aspects of rural and urban life and gets children's imagination working about how people lived "in the old times". A great classic!
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on 4 July 2013
I had one of these books as a child an was very excited to find it online to buy for my children.

It's a lovely story that will bring hours of fun, the only disappointment is that the modern version is much smaller A5 versus the original A4 size and not as hardy for little fingers.
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on 27 September 2014
second hand book arrived in excellent quality i have read it my granddaughter as we live in hong kong by the harbour
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on 9 May 2016
Ideal for a child
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on 10 June 2011
I love this classic book but the kindle version is poor. There is a bad balance between use of space for text and pics. The pics are far too small for a picture book, especially as the pics are detailed. The resolution is too low to look goodfellas if zoomed in. Buy the hard copy not the kindle copy.
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on 25 April 2014
Good
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