I Knew You Could!: A Book for All the Stops in Your Life

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The determined Little Blue Engine is back, bringing inspiring and enlightening words of wisdom to graduates of all ages as they make the transition from one phase of life to the next. I Think I Can! provides familiar comfort in changing times and serves as a wonderful gift that will be treasured for years to come. Readers will revisit the story again and again as they move forward along life's path. From "I think I can" to "I knew I could," The Little Engine That Could helps kids of all ages realize that anything...

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Overview

The determined Little Blue Engine is back, bringing inspiring and enlightening words of wisdom to graduates of all ages as they make the transition from one phase of life to the next. I Think I Can! provides familiar comfort in changing times and serves as a wonderful gift that will be treasured for years to come. Readers will revisit the story again and again as they move forward along life's path. From "I think I can" to "I knew I could," The Little Engine That Could helps kids of all ages realize that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it!

"The Little Engine that Could" advises how to find one's own track, handle life's ups and downs, and even face the dark tunnels that can make one frightened or sad.

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The Little Engine That Could toots an inspiring message for graduates in this lively, courage-building picture book. As he coasts along his own path, the plucky blue engine is out to discover "brand-new sights" and face "brand-new hills that rise to new heights." Of course, no journey goes without "tunnels, surrounded by dark" or feelings of being "stuck on your track," but with sure-minded confidence to keep chugging along, anyone can be a happy engine if he or she remembers that "figuring things out on your own helps you grow." With all the right words of wisdom, this beloved classic is the perfect role model for starting new life chapters on just the right track.
Publishers Weekly
This trite volume imagines The Little Engine That Could after she proves that she can, spouting clich s from her engine in a steady stream of hot air. "I wish I could show you the stops that you'll visit,/ But that isn't my choice to make for you, is it?/ Instead, I can tell you some lessons and tales/ That I've learned and relearned in my time on the rails." It's standard stuff: there are many paths in life-and a right one for you, the grass isn't really greener (translated into a transportation analogy: "Sometimes you'll look up and see planes in the sky,/ And you'll think to yourself, `I wish I could fly' "), stay true to yourself, make new friends and rely on them in times of need, etc. In one spread, the Little Engine anxiously faces a pitch-black tunnel, with headlights barely piercing the darkness. But strands of glowing track lead to the exit, and readers are reminded that "The track you took in must also go out." The relentlessly bright mood and lack of story line gives the book the feeling of an extended greeting card. However, smiling engine, cars and planes accompanied by happy people running alongside may well lift the spirits of down-and-out readers. All ages. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-The same little blue engine "that could" is back, with a new author and illustrator. This time it is encouraging readers to choose the track that best suits their interests and talents and forge ahead on life's journey. Dorfman suggests that though there will be "deep river valleys" and "high mountaintops," dark tunnels and uncharted territory, "I think I can" should be their clarion cry. The rhyming text often does not scan and forced rhymes such as "toured"/"aboard" are sprinkled throughout. Ong's illustrations feature pastel colors and a train that looks very much like its forebear. Children and adults of different ethnic groups and genders greet it on its route. While this is a pleasant book with a much-needed message of confidence and perseverance, that message can only be understood by older children and adults. To pair it with illustrations that have a definitely "young" look makes for an uncomfortable fit. And this text breaks no ground that has not already been mined in Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Random, 1990). Although "I think I can" has entered into the American lexicon and conjures up pleasant memories of the earlier book, this one is an additional purchase at best, especially if the Seuss book is on the shelf.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448431482
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/24/2003
  • Series: Little Engine That Could Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 35,968
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Watty Piper's classic The Little Engine That Could has delighted and encouraged children for more than seventy years.

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

    I just read this to my 4-year-old tonight as a bedtime story and

    I just read this to my 4-year-old tonight as a bedtime story and decided to purchase a hard copy of it. My plan is to have his teachers sign it as he moves through school and then give it to him at graduation. :)

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    Really cute story about life

    My daughter loves trains but this book is a story about life's journey. A great book for 18 months and older.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    An Inspirational Tale

    This is an uplifting tale that is written for all ages. It follows the Little Engine That Could through many ups and downs along his way. It motivates children and adults alike to continue to move forward through all of the struggles that they may come across in life. This inspiring children's book is written in a rhyme and is easy for children to read. As children grow they will be able to take more and more away from this book and apply it to their lives. The illustrations by Crisitina Ong are detailed and captivating. Her use of color and simple shapes grab the attention of the reader and pull them in. This encouraging tale is uplifting and will continue to inspire children through every twist and turn in their lives.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    life changing and will uplift your heart

    this book is a must for all ages. it is a good life leson for the very young to the very old. we all need some reminding of the way life has a way of taking all of us. i hope many will find this simple life lesson book helpful. amust for high school and all starting on lifes road.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Great for Grandchildren and Students

    My wife is a public school teacher, and we are grandparents, so the book works wonderfully on two fronts. Children need all of the inspiration they can get to read these days, what with video games, T.V and a host of other things to distract them from learning to read. My wife and I see children that enter the 2nd grade that can't read or write, not just because previous grade levels have dropped the ball in their teaching duties, but parents that don't CARE! So, someone has to care for these children. If you see a child stuggling to read, help them out. Buy them a simple, but encouraging book, and teach them to read!

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    An Inspiration for All Ages

    A follow up to a favorite book ... The Little Engine that Could....

    I Knew I Could is great for all ages. I have given it as a High School graduation gift as well as use it for children who lack self confidence and motivation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    Don't talk, do!

    This is the kind of reading that gets a child to DO. It gives them the encouragement to go ahead and accomplish what needs to be done instead of sitting about and doing nothing. I read it to my grandson and since then he needs little force to complete most tasks. All should read this book to their children and grandchildren.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    What an uplifting story!!

    This is a terrific book!! This is a great way for children to learn to keep trying even when things look bad. It is also great to help encourage adults as well. I get choked up every time I read it! I give it as a gift to those who need some extra encouragement in their life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    I Love this POSITIVE Book!

    The catchy positive title caught my eye. The Little Blue Engine caught my son's. I absolutely love this book, and I think this book can be applied to any age level. Children need to be reminded that things aren't always going to go the way 'they' have planned. They need to keep their head up and find what is right for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    It made this mother cry

    My son's teacher gave him this for preschool graduation, and I cried reading it to him. What a beautiful poem. I think it has more meaning for the parents than for the children, but it is definitely a keepsake. We will put this one high on a shelf and read it each time he enters a new phase in life. I hope he reads it to his own kids someday and appreciates what a special gift it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2003

    I love it!

    I bought 5 copies of this book to give to my children for graduations. I loved the Little Engine That Could when I was growing up so this book is perfect for me to pass on to my children. I love how positive the book is.

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