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The Little Engine That Could mini Hardcover – August 30, 1990

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: The Little Engine That Could
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Min edition (August 30, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448400715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448400716
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 0.3 x 4.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I have a 2-year old son and he enjoys looking at the pictures in this book. Since it's small, he can take it anywhere. He hasn't ripped any pages yet! I would like to buy the full-size book later. I think the full-size one will be better for storytelling. Shipping was so fast we got this book in no time!
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We purchased this book for a stocking stuffer last Christmas. I thought it would be fun since it is a "mini" book and fit perfectly into our daughter's stocking. I do like this story and remember reading it when I was young, and our little one already loves it as well. However, this "Mini" edition is formatted very poorly. The words on the page do not always match up with the illustrations, which disrupts the flow of the story when you are trying to read it aloud! We tend to sort of "edit" the text as we are reading so that it will make sense to our daughter as she looks at the pictures. The book itself is sturdy, and the pages are thick & good quality. But, overall, I am disappointed with this product. I would not recommend it, nor would I purchase it again. It would have been better to just spend a little extra and get the full-size book so that the text on the pages was correct.
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Love it. My kids love it. We first saw this book in a larger version at our pediatrician's office and we read it while waiting to be seen. My daughter loved it so much that I looked it up as soon as we returned home. The story is so well known, I won't even bother to rehash it. Even though I think I can... (A little humor there)

As usual, the visual component is very important as far as I'm concerned and the vintage art is fabulous. It reminds me of things I saw while cleaning up my grandparents' house. Left behind story books and toys from my mother and her sister. Very nostalgic.

This particular version of the book is quite small which I like, but my daughter wants a larger version. I believe it is available in a lager size here at Amazon.
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My boys, though adults now, loved Watty Piper's "The Little Engine That Could." As a parent, what's not to love? It teaches that anything is possible with enough determination, especially when it's for a good cause. When my three-year-old grandson developed a love of trains, I introduced him to the story, and it quickly became his favorite when he came for a visit. So I ordered this book for him. I take the blame for not checking the size more carefully. It seemed like a good value. When the book arrived I was so disappointed. Yes, it's still readable, and I suppose it's perfect for little hands, but I want the buyer to realize that the book they're buying is small. Other than the size factor, it's a good value for an excellent children's book.
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A Kid's Review on March 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book and it teaches a very good life lesson. It is a book that can be enjoyed by any type of public. I would especially read this book to a person who is giving up. It will be a very good idea to read this to an infant or a child when they are learning new stuff. This will enourage them to do may more things in life. When I first read this book it taught me that if I propose myself a challenge and I give some of my time and that I never give up I can do anything in life that I want to accomplish.
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Cute classic kids story. Book is very small, only 4 1/2 X 4 /2 inches in size which was a surprise to me when I oipened up my package. Good size for little hands but very small print for reading. It arrived within alloted time frame and was well packaged. Another good addition to my kids library collection. Ellen P.
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