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

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About the Author

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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,076 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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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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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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This is my son's favourite book! He has gone through two copies of this book (he sleeps with it in his bed). He had the "normal" sized version before, but this mini version seems to be holding up much better! A little hard for me to read the type without my glasses on, but I pretty much have it memorized by this point. ;) Such a classic book. I love it!
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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 buy books for my nephew, who turned 1 on Christmas Day. My brother and sister-in-law read to him every day so I buy all ranges of books to add variety for them (the adults). This is a great, classic story. I like the illustrations in this version.
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I love this book so much because it's a cute message, and the main character and the hero are both females. It's refreshing to read a story to my daughter where the default character (be it a duck, pig, train, robot or human) isn't male. She'll have time enough in society to learn that the default human is a white male and everything else is an "other," I really don't need children's books to start hammering that message in while she's not yet old enough to poop in the potty. Because some other books do that, but not this one. I think I got a little off-topic there...
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This was my younger son David's favorite book. I bought this new copy of the book for my grandson who is named in memory of my younger son. This three-year-old loves the book and shuffles across the ceramic tile in the kitchen
chugging, "I think I can; I think I can." As a retired teacher of literature and language arts, I treasure the book as a great motivational tool for children. I would recommend it to every parent of small children, because we all need encouragement and good self-image. And who doesn't like trains?!?!?
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