The Little Engine That Could

by Watty Piper

Hardcover, 2003

Status

Available

Local notes

E Pip

Publication

Platt & Munk (2003), 40 pages. (Feb 2018). $8.99.

Description

When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys and good food over the mountain.

Language

Original publication date

1930

Physical description

40 p.

ISBN

0448405202 / 9780448405209

Barcode

2302

User reviews

LibraryThing member allawishus
This is a nostalgic Golden Book from my childhood. It's interesting how the images of the anthropomorphized trains, talking, walking dolls, and the "milk car" have stuck with me over the years. I like how the trains reflect their attitudes - the shiny new car is snooty and mean; the tired, rusty old engine looks grumpy; and the little titular little engine that could is jolly and smiley. I wonder why the children wouldn't have any good things to eat if the train couldn't get over the mountain - seems kind of weird that there wasn't any food on the other side. OH WELL.… (more)
LibraryThing member goodstories
Although I remembered loving the story as a child, I wasn't sure that my storytime kids would love it too because it so long. It went over very well and proves that the classics endure for a reason.

The new illustrations and large size lend themselves well to a group reading.
LibraryThing member thesmellofbooks
What line from what other children's book has come in so useful so often as the wonderfully train-rhythmic words "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."

I was rooting anxiously for the little engine, holding my breath and praying him along. He succeeded for all of us, every time. Thank you Watty Piper!… (more)
LibraryThing member LindseyStolp
This book is about a little engine that carries lots of goodies for boys and girls. The engine comes to a very steep hill on his way to deliver the stuff to the children. The little engine is not sure if he can make it over the hill.

I enjoyed this book because it has a very good message to children. It conveys that you should always keep trying even when the going gets tuff. The children I read this to reponded very well to the engine's outcome.

The children could talk to a person that works with trains. The children could also draw or past pictures out of magazines of vehicles going up a hill.
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LibraryThing member paroof
A familiar classic. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can! Ok, I think the clown is creepy, but my 3 year-old son likes him - and he is one of the heroes, so what do I know?
LibraryThing member silversurfer
One of my cherished memories as a child , was reading this book...over and over...and over...
LibraryThing member kmtheodorou
This book is good to show how to help others in need, even if you think you won't be much help at all. it can show how classmates can help an other classmate.
LibraryThing member wmswarriors
This book was super awesome. It was so sad seeing the engine do what he could. I think i can, I think I can, I think I can cry, but I won't cuz I'M A MAN. Read this book.
LibraryThing member dgadkins88
The story about a train filled with toys and gifts for little children. The train breaks down before reaching the children and looks for help. A small train comes to the rescue with her motivation. This books allows kids to see what helping others can accomplish.
LibraryThing member acwheeler
I have always loved this book ever since I was young! Its about the little blue engine that didnt think he could but because he did not give up and changed his attitude to I think I can he made up the hill with all the toys! SHows kids never to give up!
LibraryThing member nstark
This is a cute story for young children.
LibraryThing member KristinWhite
This is a good book for first or second graders. It teaches them to not give up on themselves, even when they think a task is too difficult. If they believe in themselves, it is possible. This would be good for teaching kids basic ideas/words like motivation.
LibraryThing member RyaneClayton
This is a cute book about a little train the no one ever thought could make it up the hill. when the Train makes it up the hill by saying "I think I can, I think I can" This book shows what a little motivation can do for anyone who wants to accomplish a task.
LibraryThing member cmmadden
This classic children's book is great for any young reader interested in a wonderful ending. This book is about a little engine who is trying to get up a large hill. Unfortunately many of the other trains heading up the hill will not offer to help out the little engine. However, one small engine comes by and is willing to help. With the popular phrase, "I think I can, I think I can," the train makes his way up the hill and the small engine and train carry on their way.… (more)
LibraryThing member kdemott
Same story, new illustrations. I love Loren Long, the illustrator.
LibraryThing member aswideman
The Little Engine That Could shows students if they think they can and believe in themselves they can do anything just like the little engine that made it up the mountain because it thought it could.
LibraryThing member seoulful
A book that has been seeking to inspire children to be helpful and try their best since 1930. One of a child's early books that will stick with him long into adulthood with its unforgettable, "I think I can, I think I can." It seems as an adult to have a rather insipid storyline (getting toys to the children over the mountain), but my childhood memories had it a winner.… (more)
LibraryThing member elisajackson
This is a great book for children just learning how to read and also for toddlers that are able to follow along and recite the words with you. It is an exciting book for preschoolers and will last through the ages.
LibraryThing member RochelleRobinson
This sweet story is about a train that stopped and couldn't get back on track. The train was full of toys for the boys and girls but since it was broken down, how would the boys and girls get their toys? A little blue engine stopped and saved the day! Back on track and off we go to deliver the toys to the boys and girls.
I enjoyed this books because I can personally relate to this story. This story reminded me of my very supportive family. They have "saved the day" for me millions of times when I have gotten off track! Many of us experience this in our lives at one point or another.
As a classroom extension we would make a train out of construction paper. Each child would be "a part of the train." After reading the story and making our train we would discuss how we all are an important part of the train. We need to work together and help each other out just like the little blue engine did in our story. We would hang our train on the wall for all to see and perhaps reflect on it from time to time to see if the children remember the story!
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LibraryThing member JamieJohnson
This is a cute book about a little train the no one ever thought could make it up the hill. when the Train makes it up the hill by saying "I think I can, I think I can" This book shows what a little motivation can do for anyone who wants to accomplish a task.
LibraryThing member archerje
This sweet story is about a train that stopped and couldn't get back on track. The train was full of toys for the boys and girls but since it was broken down, how would the boys and girls get their toys? A little blue engine stopped and saved the day! Back on track and off we go to deliver the toys to the boys and girls.
LibraryThing member clhildreth
This is a great book for a read aloud. It teaches students about determination and never giving up. The students also like the story and the illustrations.
LibraryThing member levi.rose
Originally published in 1930. Lois Lenski illustrated. Like Loren Long author's note at the beginning of this version. Too funny that one of the cars with loaded with tasty spinach.
LibraryThing member mercedesromero
Children learn through this one little engine that they can do anything that they want to.
LibraryThing member lfae
Come on, who doesn't love it? :D From the earliest I can remember, I always had a thing for trains.

Pages

40

Rating

(820 ratings; 4.1)
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