The Little Engine that Could
Watty Piper, George Hauman & Doris Hauman
Grosset & Dunlap (1978)
Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Little Engine That Could
is a kids' classic, that has been published in many different versions over the years. I just counted over twenty at Amazon, with board and vinyl editions; ABC, counting and coloring versions; '
easy to read
' and '
'; a Spanish edition,
La Pequena Locomotora Que Si Pudo
; and I have a miniature copy and a rather tattered pop-up version at home.
his book deserves its popularity as its message serves us well all our lives - that we can often overcome obstacles which initially seem insurmountable by following the Little Engine's approach of '
I think I can
', and simply trying. In the book, the '
happy little train
' is doing her best to deliver toys and food to the '
little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain
' when she breaks down. The toys help; the clown flags down first a '
shiny new engine
' and a '
great big strong engine
' (helping is beneath them both), then a '
rusty old engine
' who is just too tired to pull the load.
hey have all given up, when along comes a very little, blue engine, who gives it a go, repeating the mantra '
I think I can. I think I can.
' It doesn't hurt that most small children are fascinated by trains, and that you can almost hear the wheels chugging with the little blue engine's efforts and final triumphant words ... '
I thought I could. I thought I could. I thought I could.
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