Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 6
- Grade: p to 1
From award-winning author and illustrator Scot Ritchie comes this lively look at the journey of a West Coast tugboat towing a log boom, as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
"I’m helping Dad on the tugboat. We’re going to tow a log boom to the sawmill on the river… I look out for ferries and other boats in the harbor… Then I see it — a deadhead!"
Follow a child and his father through their workday on a tugboat on the West Coast as they watch a log boom being made, then tow it to a mill upriver. The pair must steer clear of other ships, race against the tide and weather a storm along the way.
Told from a child's perspective, this fun, accessible picture book explores the key role of a tugboat in the logging process. As explained in the author's note, the story is inspired by Scot Ritchie’s childhood memories of seeing tugs and log booms off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia, with additional information provided in the note about forestry on the West Coast today.
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About the author
Scot Ritchie est un auteur-illustrateur primé vivant à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Il a illustré, et parfois écrit, plus de 40 livres pour enfants, dont Suivons la carte, Dis-moi pourquoi et There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Puck.
Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.
Ritchie has captured a glimpse of a working waterway and translated it into a pleasant reading experience … a useful resource.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Conveying the factual information that transport-oriented kids like, with the warmth of a loving connection, Tug is a nice addition to the 'things that go' section of any family library.
Wall Street Journal
The first-person narration is simple and specific, introducing young readers and listeners to terms of the trade.
Skillfully balances human moments with specific tasks and sweeping landscapes … inviting readers to savor people, process, and place.
Other titles by Scot Ritchie
On the Line
Célébrons notre patrimoine
Initiation à l'héritage culturel
See Where We Come From!
A First Book of Family Heritage
A World of Mindfulness
Follow Your Breath!
A First Book of Mindfulness
Lilliana and the Frogs
Join the No-Plastic Challenge!
A First Book of Reducing Waste
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Moose
Relève le défi zéro plastique
Petits gestes pour réduire la pollution