- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Lexile Measure: 630 (What's this?)
- Series: The Little Engine That Could
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Philomel Books (September 27, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399244670
- ISBN-13: 978-0399244674
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 959 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreSchool-Grade 2–This classic tale has been re-released with updated illustrations and a larger format. The text remains the same. The art, done with acrylics, is stylized and still retains a bit of an old-fashioned flavor. Nevertheless, the '30s look is definitely gone. In its place, readers will find artwork suggestive of a retro '50s look. As with the original, the clown takes center stage. His outfit, however, has changed from green polka dots to red pants, yellow shirt, and a colorful stocking cap. The text, with its, I think I can, I think I can refrain, is a timeless piece of children's literature and so familiar that it needs no elaboration. It's hard to improve upon a classic, and one advantage that the traditional edition has over this one is that the quaint and sentimental text pairs nicely with the antique artwork. The modern illustrations undoubtedly work better with a group but they have a faux feel to them. As such they are a little out of sync with the prim and proper style of writing in the story about the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain [who will be] without the wonderful toys to play with and the good food to eat…. Nevertheless, this is an acceptable purchase, especially for those libraries without a copy of the first edition or larger libraries wishing to collect all versions of classic tales.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 1. The new edition of this American classic pairs the original (1930) text with artwork by Loren Long, whose previous picture books include Madonna's Mr. Peabody's Apples (2003) and Walt Whitman's When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer (2004). Grand in scale but cozy in effect, the impressive acrylic paintings use subtle strokes of rich colors to create a series of narrative scenes large enough to be clearly visible back to the last row of storytime or classroom. The characters remain convincing as dolls, toys, and trains despite the slight changes in expression, position, and emotion that bring them to life. The most memorable elements of the artwork, though, are the fluid lines, rounded shapes, and warm colors of the lyrical landscapes, which are reminiscent of paintings by Thomas Hart Benton. Chances are the unassuming Little Blue Engine never expected such a handsome showcase, even for her finest hour, but this edition provides a brilliant new setting that many readers will prefer to the original picture book. Carolyn Phelan
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I just wish the title said "The Little Engine That Could, Abridged." I bought this from my mobile phone, without reading the fine print, assuming I'd get the normal book. Time to find a normal copy. Perhaps in a physical bookstore this time. Or carefully reading reviews. Looking on a desktop, there seem to be dozens of different versions, all butchered in different ways.
Perhaps Amazon could find a way to place the normal edition at the top of the listings?
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.
Susan Moore Jordan