The Little Engine That Could: Reillustrated Edition

The Little Engine That Could: Reillustrated Edition


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Everyone loves The Little Engine That Could, that classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain.

Now the great Loren Long (Otis; Of Thee I Sing) has brilliantly re-illustrated this classic story, bringing it exuberantly to life for today’s child. Get on board for the publishing event of the year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399244674
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/27/2005
Series: The Little Engine That Could Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 37,402
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 12.31(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Loren Long has putt puff puttedy chuffed his way all over the bestseller lists with such titles as Otis, Otis and the TornadoOtis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas, Drummer Boy, Toy Boat by Randall de Sève, and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna. He’s also had the opportunity to modernize the classic The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and had the distinct honor of illustrating Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama.

A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Loren lives in Ohio with his wife, Tracy, and their two sons.

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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


An interview with Loren Long

How long have you been an artist?

I have been an artist professionally in capacity or another since I got out of school 15 years ago. When did you first feel the artistic urge?

My mother tells how I would draw Snoopy over and over from the "funny" papers lying on the kitchen floor as a four-year-old. I don't remember the kitchen floor, but I do remember loving Snoopy.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Joplin, Missouri (in the Snoopy era) but moved to Lexington, Kentucky at the age of five and grew up in Lexington.

What were you like as a child?

I had a very conventional childhood and a wonderful family. Like many kids growing up in the mid-west, I loved sports, especially baseball. I was an average student and a bit of a dreamer. I loved to draw and as time passed I felt that I was better in the arts than anything else. Shortly after my Little League years, I realized I would never make the 25 man roster of the Cincinnati Reds so I figured I better start painting pictures.

Have you always wanted to illustrate books for children?

It was always in the back of my mind but I spent many years after school working as a freelance illustrator for many different magazines or anyone else who would call. I feel those years helped me to develop my so-called direction.

Where do you do your work?

I have a suitably un-glamorous studio in the basement of my home. I like being able to live and work under the same roof so I am here when my boys get off the school bus. Besides, I've always felt that having a romantic freestanding studio overlooking a valley like N.C. Wyeth had with huge windows and north light was terribly over-rated ... right?

What different mediums to you use in your art?

At the moment, I work with acrylic paint on either canvas or panels.

What do you like best about your job?

I love the visual storytelling aspect of the work. I love creating images. I feel challenged everyday. Every time I start a new piece of art, there is a chance I could fail. It's both irritating and inspiring at the same time.

Who are your favorite artists?

Mostly, I love the work that was being done in America in the early part of the twentieth century. The Ashcan School painters, the American Regionalists of the 20s and 30s. the Harlem Renaissance artists as well as the WPA muralists. Artists like Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, and George Bellows to name a few of the bigger names. And, of course, I can't leave out the illustrators of that time like N.C. Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish among others.

Did you have favorite artists/art styles as a child?

Not having any artists in my family, I really did not have early artistic influences as a child ... just Charles Schulz.

Where do you get the inspiration for your art?

I imagine much of my inspiration comes from the things around me. I get a lot of inspiration from my two young sons and my wife who has an accounting background.

Do you ever get "painter's" block?

I'd like to call it that, but that would be a convenient excuse for plain old procrastination.

What do you like to do when you're not painting?

When I am not painting, I like hanging with my wife Tracy and our boys. I like movies and I am an avid kayak enthusiast (even though I have only done it once).

Who influenced you in becoming an artist?

Even though they had no art background, my parents encouraged me to find something I was passionate about. My mother refused to allow me to be lazy and waste a God given ability. I'm glad now that she stayed on my case.

You have a fabulous sense of color; where does this come from?

Boy, the color thing has always been a challenge for me. I'll just say it has been one of my biggest artistic issues and I am flattered and pleased that anyone thinks highly of my color.

In creating the art for The Little Engine That Could(tm), was their some aspect of the story that was really new? A surprise even to you?

I suppose the most obvious departure that I wanted to explore was to create new, unique, and appealing individual characters of the trains and toys in this legendary story. It was new for me as an artist to create smiling trains and sad little toy animals and this was without a doubt the most surprisingly fun aspect of the project for me.

Did you know The Little Engine That Could(tm), as a child?

I knew the Little Engine well as a child ... it certainly was one of my favorite stories. I have uttered those famous words, "I think I can" to myself throughout my life ... even while working on this very book! I feel very honored and humbled to have been able to create new art for this meaningful children's book that has been a part of so many of our lives.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic story of the power of a positive attitude. It demonstrates to the chld that a 'can do' attitude really works.
Theresa Mason More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2-1/2 yrs old. This held his attention and he wanted to re-read it.
RubyGA More than 1 year ago
Children ages three and up will love this book. They learn that even though you may be small you can accomplish a big task and save the day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to read this story to my children, and I was looking for a copy that was similar to the one I had as a young mother. I'm now a grandmother and this version of "The Little Engine That Could" is just what I wanted to find. The illustrations are very colorful, and the story is told simply without a lot of embellishments that bore young children when you read to them. It teaches a good lesson on perseverance. My grandchildren enjoy this story as much as my children did.
Sean Long More than 1 year ago
Sooooooooo Cute!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow... books that have impacted me over the course of my life... I read this as a preschooler and the message was never lost. This timeless classic about a little train that uses will and belief in one's self to overcome obstacles is the grandaddy of the self help literature! In this beautifully reillustrated version, I can share these wonderful moments with my own children and god children. Getting the toys to the good children on the other side of the mountain is the core motivation to show children young and old the power of self belief. This book was a major inspiration to me as a child and through my own books, I continue to help perpetuate the choice to believe in yourself. As an author of children's books, I treasure the magic that reading brings to children. This is about as important a tool as any that you will ever arm your children with. Take a shot on this book... you will not be disappointed. Brian Weiner CEO The Illusion Factory (Inform and Empower Yourself¿) Author Toad Catchers' Creek
kdemott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Same story, new illustrations. I love Loren Long, the illustrator.
caltstatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There was a little engine that was carrying all kinds of good things for little boys and girls over the mountain. But the little engine broke down and the little toys tried to get other engines to help them over the mountain. They stopped several very capable engines who all refused to help them because these engines had excuses of why they couldn't pull the little train full of toys over the mountain. Finally, the smallest engine came by and agreed whole heartedly to try to pull the train over the mountain, even though it had never been over the mountain. All the way up the mountain, the little engine said "I think I can, I think I can..." until it succeeded in getting the little boys and girls all the good things over the mountain. Then when the job was finished you could hear the little train saying, "I thought I could, I thought I could."This story is a favorite to many young children because of the little trian's endurance. I think the little engine reminds them of themselves. They are small and they can relate to the little engine. It is a good motivational story to these youngsters who are told often that they are too small for a job.This story could be read to encourage discussion of the things the children thought they couldn't do until they really tried and then discovered they could do it. It also gives a good moral of how you should try to help those who need it.
acwheeler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this book ever since I was young! Its about the little blue engine that didnt think he could but because he did not give up and changed his attitude to I think I can he made up the hill with all the toys! SHows kids never to give up!
goodstories on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I remembered loving the story as a child, I wasn't sure that my storytime kids would love it too because it so long. It went over very well and proves that the classics endure for a reason.The new illustrations and large size lend themselves well to a group reading.
brborsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great, inspirational story for kindergarten-second grade students. This story incorporates the familiar saying, "I think I can. I think I can." It teaches the lesson that no matter what you think, if you try something you can succeed. The students would also enjoy the fact that the toys come to life (the clown and elephant) and that the little engine makes it over the hill to give the children on the other side these toys to play with.
bissettm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute story with a great message, young kids will learn the importance of never giving up and perseverance. A classic book that little ones will want to hear again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a cute book and good book for kids, I read this to my kids and they love it and my daughter loves it and shes 13! This is book is for all ages. LOVE IT!
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Cute vary cute!
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
"The Little Engine that Could" is another much maligned book. It is often criticized for being too saccharine or preachy, and if I read it every day, I might find that to be true. But reading occasionally (maybe once a month), I find it delightful. First of all, it features a train, toys and a circus. What more could you want? Personally, I could do with less of the clown (as in, not at all), but not everyone shares my quirk or phobia.  And it is a sweet story with an easy-to-grasp point. Is there anyone who grew up before 1990 who can hear "I think I can" and not remember the engine? And the illustrations (again excepting the clown) are colorful and enjoyable. Overall, it is no wonder this book is a classic of children's literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The size of this book is ridiculous. The text size is too small for young readers. They have added a card-sheet wrap around it, and you can't get rid of it without leaving clumsy cut-marks. I planned to give this book as a gift along with others books, which are regular-sized. But now, I'm feeling too embarassed to include this in the pack. It does not say anywhere that this is an abridged edition, unless you click on the book image and inspect it closely. I am thoroughly disappointed with this piece of crap.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson loves things that move care, train planes. He love this book.
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This is a great book...wonderful pictures and it's a great story anyways, but I wish I'd paid better attention to the SIZE of the book. It's pretty small. I was surprised when I got it and saw how small it was. It's about 5" x 5 1/4", so it's not really what I was hoping for. Still a nice book, but if you're looking for something to read to a child, a bigger version is probably better.
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