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"Scuffy the Tugboat"

Scuffy the Tugboat
Scuffy the Tugboat
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Author: Gertrude Crampton

Copies Sold: 7.3 million


Thomas Wolfe once said that we can never go home again. Obviously, he never meant Scuffy the Tugboat. Scuffy was "meant for bigger things" and sailing in a bathtub was not one of them. With the help of the man in the polka dot tie, Scuffy sails down the wide-open river, seeing all the world has to offer, which is not always good. Scuffy soon realizes he doesn't mind the bathtub. "This is the place for a red-painted tug boat," says Scuffy back home. "And this is the life for me."