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The Little Engine That Could [Hardcover]

By Watty Piper (Author) & Loren Long (Illustrator)
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Although she is not very big, the Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain.

Publishers Description

Everyone loves "The Little Engine That Could, " that classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain.

Now the great Loren Long ("Otis; Of Thee I Sing") has brilliantly re-illustrated this classic story, bringing it exuberantly to life for today's child. Get on board for the publishing event of the year.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper & Loren Long has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1474
  • Publishers Weekly - 08/22/2005 page 62
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 08/15/2005 page 920
  • Ingram Children's Advance - 10/01/2005 page 46
  • School Library Journal - 09/01/2005 page 184
  • Ingram Advance - 10/01/2005 page 40
  • Booklist - 09/01/2005 page 145
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books - 12/01/2005 page 16
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2006 page 12

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Philomel
Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.23" Width: 9.94" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Grade Level  Pre School  
Age  2-5
ISBN  0399244670  
ISBN13  9780399244674  

Availability  0 units.

More About Watty Piper & Loren Long

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! As creator of the immensely popular Otis the Tractor series, Loren Long has putt puff puttedy chuffed his way all over the bestseller lists with such titles as Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas, and Otis and the Scarecrow. He is also the author/illustrator of Drummer Boy, and has illustrated bestselling books by Randall de Seve (Toy Boat), Madonna (Mr. Peabody's Apples), President Barack Obama (Of Thee I Sing) and Watty Piper (The Little Engine that Could).

A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Loren lives in Ohio with his wife, Tracy, and their two sons.

Watty Piper has published or released items in the following series...

  1. All Aboard Books (Paperback)

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Little Engine That Could?

The original version of this book was one of my all time favorites as a child, per my mom. I purchased this one as a gift for a special little guy I know. When I received it I thought that the new illustrations were absolutely fabulous, brilliant colorations! It was something I almost wanted to keep it was so beautiful! When this young fella opened presents, all of the adults ranging in age of 25-37 were enthralled with the book. In fact the little guy had to ask for his book back from us! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loved and cherished the original, would like a special book with a wonderful message (that's not too long for bedtime), or a beautiful book for a collection. I might even order it for myself one of these days it was that spectacular! Hope this helps you decide to purchase this book...
It's about time!  Nov 13, 2006
As a children's librarian, I was thrilled to receive this new and updated version of a classic tale. The pictures are beautiful and well-suited to the larger size of this edition. As for the book being never occured to me to place the engines in gender categories. The children love this story and beg for it to be read over and over. That is the true test of a classic and this edition is long overdue.
lovely!  Nov 10, 2006
This is a wonderful version of a classic. The pictures are wonderful for mom to look at as she reads!
This was one of my childhood favorites, but it now features much more vibrant art!  Oct 8, 2006
I loved this book as a child and I still remember my mother reading it to me vividly to this day. She has since passed away, however, the underlying message of the book about having confidence in oneself stuck. I think this theme of "knowing you can do it" is a value message for children to learn.

I read through the story of the book and it had even more impact with the updated art. The images are original, powerful and really bring the story to life. I can see why they would appeal to children and the use of colors is amazing.

I've read a few reviewers comments that the book is sexist. I didn't notice that the "bad trains" were a certain gender and the "good trains" another when I read it. However, I'm wondering if this just may be a coincidence. I have a hard time believing the author of a classic like this with such a good underlying positive message would do something like this on purpose. Ditto... for the editors who are watching out for problems like this. While I could be wrong, I think Watty Piper deserves the benefit of the doubt and perhaps she will be open to making some editorial changes to correct an apparent sexist slant in future editions.

I also found the large format and prints in this book a value add. It is also printed on nice paper and lends itself to being used over and over. This format also makes it good for reading to small groups where the children will need to see the pictures from a distance.

The toys seemed to be almost alive to me. The artwork was succesful in giving them some kind of personality. They seem more than just stuffed animals and I think this quality will appeal and endear them to children.

The art is so captivating that it almost distracts me from the story. I have to admit I haven't read the classic version in a long time, but it seems to me there was more repetition of the core message in that version. If my memory is faulty, I think it would be an improvement to repeat the "I think I can.... I know I can...." theme more often.

Overall, I don't think you can go wrong purchasing this classic book. It's a great read and a visual delight.
This book is sexist  Aug 28, 2006
I have four children and when they were younger I read this book to all of them on a regular basis. However, after I finally figured out that all the "good" engines are female and all the "bad" engines are male I started changing up the pronouns when I read it to them. Imagine what the reaction would be if the stereotyped engines were not male? I speak against this book whenever I have an opportunity for just this reason and was disappointed to see it featured at Starbucks.

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