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The unknowing progenitor of a whole generation of self-help books, Wally Piper's The Little Engine That Could is one of the greatest tales of motivation and the power of positive thinking ever told. In this well-loved classic, a little train carrying oodles of toys to all of the good boys and girls is confronted with a towering, seemingly impassable mountain. As nicely as they ask, the toys cannot convince the Shiny New Engine or the Big Strong Engine--far too impressed with themselves--to say anything but "I can not. I can not." It is left up to the Little Blue Engine to overcome insurmountable odds and pull the train to the other side. The Little Engine That Could is an entertaining and inspirational favorite, and the Little Blue Engine's rallying mantra "I think I can--I think I can" will resonate for a lifetime in the head of every child who hears it. (Ages 4 to 8))

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Complete original ed edition (July 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448405202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448405209
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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108 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Alouette1 on January 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My dad was dying and I bought several books to take to him at the hospital. This was one of them. When I flew down to see him, the word was that he still had hope. Within thirty minutes of my arrival, we found it not to be true. I still read him this book, just as he used to read it to me. It was a joke for us during his last days. Even when he had break through pain and I wasn't allowed to give him more medicine, we'd read this and he'd squeeze my hand while he tried to get through just a little more time. Sometimes he told me the story to keep his mind focussed.

Before he died he told me to finish my degree. I told him it would be hard because I have a big family, so much going on-- and he smiled and said, "Let me tell you about a train that couldn't get over a mountain. It had great things on it, toys for the good boys and girls, milk for their dinners. It was hard to get this train loaded with good things over the mountain but there was one little engine. . ." Three months later I am in college and this little engine goes through my mind a lot. The story is one of my children's favorites and they don't know why I can't read it without crying!

This book appeals to everyone for different reasons, but the results are the same. An iron will allows us to overcome any obstacle!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen VINE VOICE on July 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Few books are so gratifying to read to children for the first time. A child does not even need to understand English to "get" it. On first meeting our four-year-old son, who had never heard a world of English until then, I put him on my knee and impersonated each engine character chugging through these pages.

He was scared and shy, but he loved the "characters," which I could only differentiate for him by sound, and he especially loved the famous repeating line "I think I can."

As my whispers rose to crescendo, he squealed in delight. Nowadays he reads much harder books before going to sleep at night. But he likes every now and then to come back to this one: He well remembers the first moments of bonding with me, and with this book.

--- Alyssa A. Lappen
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97 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Craig Rucin on March 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I wanted to buy this book for my children because it was my favorite as a kid. However, when I read the book I was surprised because it wasn't what I remembered. After doing research on this, I discovered there was another version of this story, "The Pony Engine" by Wonder Books, which I purchased used. This was the version I grew up with. What's the difference? The "Watty Piper" version makes the good engines girls and the bad engines boys and the version I grew up with does not make any [gender] distinction for the engines. If you are looking for the same book you grew up with, you may want to consider which version you want to read to your kids. Which is the true version? That is debated and you can read about it...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By boxwood100 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Trains, most kids love them and mine is no different. What a great story this is - a true classic and if you don't have it in your library, shame on you! When the little engine gets up the hill, it's just really neat to see the expression on little ones' faces as the engine takes the toys and food to the kids that are in need. Even Dumbo's train says, "I think I can, I think I can..." What a timeless message for everyone and a great way to teach kids the importance of helping one another.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tyler J Gleason on June 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I remember reading this book over and over again as a child and feeling a very powerful truth. This is one of the few books for children that teaches you to unselfishly believe in yourself. The pictures in the older edition are as up to date as the lesson they teach.
If you have a child and you want them to believe in themself, this is a great way to encourage them. Please vote if this did help you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The engine that could is a good book for children ity helps them know that they can do anything that they want I think that the book is good for a boy or girl it is easy to read there are plenty of pictures for the little kids that like looking at colorful pictures. This book is to help kids to realize that they can do anything as long as they put there mind to it, it will happen. Overall I think that this a really good book for young children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By info shopper on October 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While the story is classic, this mini book's illustrations are way too small. Also, the tiny printed words take up a third of each page. It is not at all like the sample pages shown.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Spradlin on January 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Instead of sending the proverbial fruit basket or box of candy this Christmas, we mailed copies of this mini book to our best clients. It is small enough to fit into a standard sized Christmas card envelope, and only cost us a little over a dollar to mail them. We included a sticker on the inside cover with the message, "We hope you are as inspired as we are by this timelss take of determination and willpower overcoming adversity. Never forget that difficult problems can be solved when everyone works together. We may be small, and we may be new, but we think we can pull you over your mountains too! (We guarantee you'll enjoy the ride.)"

We had excellent positive response from that effort -- much more memorable than an edible gift, and something nice that could be displayed on a bookshelf.
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