The Little Engine That Could: The Complete, Original Edition

The Little Engine That Could: The Complete, Original Edition

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by Watty Piper, George Hauman, Doris Hauman
     
 

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The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.  See more details below

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The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.

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Praise The Little Engine That Could illustrated by Loren Long 
 
* “Long . . . adds a lushness to the spreads and injects even more personality into the characters. Both faithful fans and newcomers will enjoy this triumphant ride and eagerly climb aboard for repeat excursions.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “Long has enriched this new edition with bountiful illustrations that take their palette and inspiration from the original, but are greatly enhanced by imagination and inventiveness.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"I think I can. I think I can." Watty Piper's 1930 story about the Little Blue Engine who believed that he could is one of those rare books that speak to us from another era. A heartening gift for children, ages 4 to 8.
Publishers Weekly
Long (I Dream of Trains) pays respectful homage to George and Doris Hauman's compositions in his visual interpretation of the classic tale of determination and perseverance, first published in 1930. Yet the artist adds a lushness to the spreads and injects even more personality into the characters; he uses the larger format to play up the vistas of mountain and valley that pose such a challenge to the engines on this route, and gives "the funniest little toy clown you ever saw" a starring role. A cheerful purple elephant whose eyes droop as one engine after another declines to pull their load, a pair of pull-toys containing curious giraffes (their necks bow in disappointment) and a cuddly, expressive stuffed monkey are among the supporting cast. The spacious spreads also allow for a more dramatic flow of the text (the original often broke a paragraph in the middle of a climactic moment). Long adorns the different engines with wry human characteristics. The cowcatcher of the haughty Shiny New Engine resembles teeth exposed by a snarl, while the Rusty Old Engine (who says, "I can not. I can not") sports a smokestack in the shape of a dilapidated top hat, a mop of gray hair and a monocle. The piece de resistance is the brave Little Blue Engine that could, with bright blue eyes in place of windows, a wide smile and-while chugging up that daunting mountain-a pink tongue protruding from her mouth. Both faithful fans and newcomers will enjoy this triumphant ride and eagerly climb aboard for repeat excursions. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This classic tale has been re-released with updated illustrations and a larger format. The text remains the same. The art, done with acrylics, is stylized and still retains a bit of an old-fashioned flavor. Nevertheless, the '30s look is definitely gone. In its place, readers will find artwork suggestive of a retro '50s look. As with the original, the clown takes center stage. His outfit, however, has changed from green polka dots to red pants, yellow shirt, and a colorful stocking cap. The text, with its, "I think I can, I think I can" refrain, is a timeless piece of children's literature and so familiar that it needs no elaboration. It's hard to improve upon a classic, and one advantage that the traditional edition has over this one is that the quaint and sentimental text pairs nicely with the "antique" artwork. The modern illustrations undoubtedly work better with a group but they have a faux feel to them. As such they are a little out of sync with the prim and proper style of writing in the story about the "good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain [who will be] without the wonderful toys to play with and the good food to eat-." Nevertheless, this is an acceptable purchase, especially for those libraries without a copy of the first edition or larger libraries wishing to collect all versions of classic tales.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A genuine meme came into the language from this beloved story, now reaching its fourth generation of children. It's still an enchanting tale of a little train filled with toys, books, fruit, milk and treats for "all those good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain." Long has enriched this new edition with bountiful illustrations that take their palette and inspiration from the original, but are greatly enhanced by imagination and inventiveness, to say nothing of glorious printing. The colors are warmer, richer and fuller, without the dry clear crispness of the first edition. The oversized format allows Long to fill the pages and the imagination with magic like two double-page spreads of toys and treats floating in the air and brilliant perspectives that set the scenes. The trains are curvier, their faces more organic. There is real movement in the rounded lines of the roads and rails as well as the struggle to reach the top. Not a replacement, surely, but a companion, this will travel proudly next to the one that first thought it could. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448405209
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Little Engine That Could Series
Edition description:
Original Classic
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,483
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Watty Piper is the pseudonym of Arnold Munk, author behind the classic retelling of The Little Engine That Could and cofounder of Platt & Munk Publishers (now part of Grosset & Dunlap.)  Munk’s retelling of the beloved children’s tale has sold millions of copies since its 1930 publication and inspired generations to believe they can. 

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The Little Engine That Could: The Complete, Original Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Morgme More than 1 year ago
This was bought for my 2-year old granddaughter who, at the moment, has a love of all things train. We remembered this story from both our children's and our own childhoods, but we were delighted to see the original, complete version of the story. The illustrations are wonderful. She loves having this book read to her; and now our granddaughter, too, is repeating the memorable phrase "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can".
GeorgiegirlOR More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, wonderful book that has charmed children from all walks of life. There is nothing more important than learning to read....if you can do that, you can do anything, go anywhere, accomplish anything. Another joy for generations to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book read to me when I was a kid and am now giving it to all of the kids in my life... the message is priceless... and timeless... and I love that the pictures haven't changed in 20 years!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The children over the mountain want their toys and good foods. How can they get there? Who will take them there? Will the children be disappointed? Find out who who is the biggest help not just the biggest engine.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful childhood classic. I have three brothers next below me in age. For probably five years, this was the bedtime request of first brother #1, then brother #2, then brother #3. My parents tired of it, but the boys? Never!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book that is good thru the ages; it has a nice message for young children: if you think you cannot do something, just say: I THINK I CAN …and then I KNOW I CAN !
Scarlett60 More than 1 year ago
I have made it a tradition of buying this book for the children I have known for many years. The Little Engine That Could is a wonderful story but also a teaching tool. It is a 35 year old book with a message that should never be forgotten; that children need to remember to always try and not give up. The illustrations are heartwarming and not a rough graphic which is sometimes seen in books published today. this is one book every parent should by and read to there three year old and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Several reviews complain of receiving a small book. Maybe they reviewed the wrong item or received the wrong item? Anyway, my copy arrived as full size: 7"x11".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This colorful book is a great story that encourages one to think positively. If you have confidence in yourself, you can succeed. This is a valuable lesson for anyone at any age and is presented in a beautifully written and illustrated book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The power of positive thinking. Don't settle for any other version than this original. And don't overlook the sound of the little engine puffing along, 'I think I can I think I can I think I can,' when reading aloud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is mind setting format! Gives inspiration to all. None better for building the human spirit.