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The Little Engine That Could (Original Classic Edition) Hardcover – July 31, 2001
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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))
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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That said, it is well-written and illustrated. A good book, just not what I was looking for. Hopefully going forward the photo will be the correct one so that others don't make the same mistake I did.
The illustrations are beautiful. Much more vibrant and eye catching than the original. Each of the trains have a distinct look that makes them stand out as unique characters. My daughter is able to identify each train in the distance and makes an identifying statement about each one (such as "He's sooo tired" or "He's a shiny new engine!"). The illustrations are also nearly full page and give the book a more updated feel.
As for the other reviewers that said this book is sexist - I never picked up on that as a kid. I also don't think most kids would pick up on something like that either. There are bigger things to worry about than the genders of fictional talking train engines.