TUGBOAT by Michael Garland


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Age Range: 2 - 5
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It’s all in a day’s work for a tugboat.

Set in New York City and spanning a day from dawn to dark, this straightforward informational selection for the very young offers an uncomplicated look at a tugboat and all the elaborate tasks it can perform. Garland’s colorful pencil-and-digital artwork depicts the vessel, illustrating the many large jobs a small tugboat can accomplish (help a cargo ship dock, pull a barge, push an ocean liner, carry parts of a bridge). Even children accustomed to working ports may find they learn something new. Short, clear, crisp sentences that are closely tied to the pictures (“A tugboat can carry big parts for a new bridge”) make this a nice choice for young listeners and early readers, and for those learning to identify nonfiction, a picture glossary helps define new words, and a table of contents is included.

Children who love boats will thrill at the sights and see that small size does not preclude great strength. (Informational picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 15th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2866-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2014


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