The Little Engine That Could: The Complete, Original Edition

Hardcover | July 31, 2001

byWatty PiperIllustratorGeorge Hauman, Doris Hauman

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The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.

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 Everyone knows this classic children’s story with its positive message that you can do anything, if you just believe in yourself. Wally Piper’s charming adventure about the little shiny blue engine with an inferiority complex is as familiar as Winnie-the-Pooh and Goodnight Moon. The Little Engine That Could’s cautious little heroine i...

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The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the oth...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:48 pages, 7.31 × 8.25 × 0.34 inPublished:July 31, 2001

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0448405202

ISBN - 13:9780448405209

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This story never gets old Something to read and re-read now and then. The message is something adults can relate to though it is meant for young children. I got it for a three year old boy who loves trains.
Date published: 2014-07-22

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From Our Editors

 Everyone knows this classic children’s story with its positive message that you can do anything, if you just believe in yourself. Wally Piper’s charming adventure about the little shiny blue engine with an inferiority complex is as familiar as Winnie-the-Pooh and Goodnight Moon. The Little Engine That Could’s cautious little heroine in steel knows that she’s the only one left to bring all the toys on the train over the mountain in time to reach the children anxiously waiting on the other side. But can she do it? By repeating the mantra of “I think I can, I think I can,” the little engine completes her task and realizes a fundamental rule of positive thinking: you can talk yourself into feeling good as easily as you’ve talked yourself into feeling bad!

Editorial Reviews

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