Tug

Tug

A Log Boom’s Journey

Written by: Ritchie, Scot
Illustrated by: Ritchie, Scot
ages 3 to 6 / grades P to 1

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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.


Key Text Features

author's note

diagrams

glossary

illustrations

facts

map

speech bubbles

writing inspiration

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.


Key Text Features

author's note

diagrams

glossary

illustrations

facts

map

speech bubbles

writing inspiration

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Mar 1, 2022
Specifications 40 pages | 9.75 in x 10.75 in
Written By

SCOT RITCHIE is an award-winning illustrator and author with more than sixty-five books to his credit, including P’esk’a and the First Salmon Ceremony, Federica and Owen at the Park. His books have been translated into French, Korean, Indonesian, Polish, Finnish, Arabic and Dutch. Scot has worked with the National Film Board of Canada and has exhibited his illustrations at the National Gallery of Canada. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Illustrated by

SCOT RITCHIE is an award-winning illustrator and author with more than sixty-five books to his credit, including P’esk’a and the First Salmon Ceremony, Federica and Owen at the Park. His books have been translated into French, Korean, Indonesian, Polish, Finnish, Arabic and Dutch. Scot has worked with the National Film Board of Canada and has exhibited his illustrations at the National Gallery of Canada. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Written By

SCOT RITCHIE is an award-winning illustrator and author with more than sixty-five books to his credit, including P’esk’a and the First Salmon Ceremony, Federica and Owen at the Park. His books have been translated into French, Korean, Indonesian, Polish, Finnish, Arabic and Dutch. Scot has worked with the National Film Board of Canada and has exhibited his illustrations at the National Gallery of Canada. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Illustrated by

SCOT RITCHIE is an award-winning illustrator and author with more than sixty-five books to his credit, including P’esk’a and the First Salmon Ceremony, Federica and Owen at the Park. His books have been translated into French, Korean, Indonesian, Polish, Finnish, Arabic and Dutch. Scot has worked with the National Film Board of Canada and has exhibited his illustrations at the National Gallery of Canada. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Audience ages 3 to 6 / grades P to 1
Key Text Features

author's note; diagrams; glossary; illustrations; facts; map; speech bubbles; writing inspiration

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

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

The first-person narration is simple and specific, introducing young readers and listeners to terms of the trade.

” —Horn Book

Skillfully balances human moments with specific tasks and sweeping landscapes … inviting readers to savor people, process, and place.

” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for Scot Ritchie and Tug:

"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

"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 

"The first-person narration is simple and specific, introducing young readers and listeners to terms of the trade." — Horn Book

"Skillfully balances human moments with specific tasks and sweeping landscapes … inviting readers to savor people, process, and place." — Publishers Weekly