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The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
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Jan 11, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: childrens, fiction, author-us, library_book, childrens-picture-book, 2009, 1930s
Read in January, 2009

I prefer my blue anthropomorphic shunting (US: switching) engine to be named Thomas!

A few things irritated me about this book:
1. Watty Piper never existed - it is simply a pseudonym for the publishing company Platt & Munk (now part of Penguin).
2. The trademark symbol for "The Little Engine that Could" prominently displayed on the front cover - and that they bothered to attempt to trademark "I Think I Can". This is an issue especially because of the strong evidence to suggest that the story is significantly older than the Watty Piper, Platt & Munk edition. See In Search of Watty Piper
3. Just about every page finishes half-way through a sentence, which is a critical failure in editing for a book that is designed to be read aloud.
4. The repetition. Sometimes repetition is good - but in this case I simply found it irritating. Maybe X-man when he grows up a bit will love it...

So what did I like?
The moral of having confidence in your abilities and perseverance is of course admirable.

Well I think the gender roles are more equitably distributed than the original Railway Series books by W. Awdry, staring of course Thomas the Tank Engine.
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