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The Little Engine That Could

(The Little Engine That Could)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  87,861 ratings  ·  1,222 reviews
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.
Hardcover, Original Classic Edition, 48 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1930)
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Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I was seven, my Mom used to read to us from this little book.

It was one of many books scattered atop our bright red plastic-‘n-steel tabletop, and she was cataloguing them for her new Public Library!

It was a bright red-letter year for us kids, too, that year - a real Book Bonanza.

And THIS was the way she encouraged stick-to-it-iveness in us lazy, dozy kids - with books like this: ‘I THINK I can! I THINK I can!’

Just like the relentless chugging of a pint-sized locomotive!

Well, I KNEW about
Jun 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
My son loves this book. L-O-V-E-S it. The board book had been his go-to "read this to me 4 times in a row" book as a baby and now as a 19 month old toddler, he's discovered this edition and insists on it every night before bed.

And yes, it's a classic beloved by generations. But I'm still only giving it one star. If I have to read this damn thing multiple times a day, I damn well reserve the right to judge it with all my might.

Firstly, it's tedious. There's no need to list everything on the carg
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Found this book in a second hand store. I have heard the term so often...decided to buy it. Great lesson for children and adults alike.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Celebrity Death Match Special: The Little Engine That Could versus Neural Networks and Deep Learning

"Oh, please help me!" begged the family filter. "I'm being trained, you see, but I'm stuck in this local minimum. If I can't get out by tomorrow morning, I'll be put into production anyway and all the boys and girls will be exposed to potentially unsuitable content! Yes, Microsoft's quality control really is that slipshod!"

"Doesn't sound too serious," mused the Naive Bayesian Classifier. "A bit of
This is just a classic story for children, introducing themes of perseverance in the face of difficulty. " I think I can, I think I can " (sounding like a train chugging along) vs. "I cannot, I cannot." (as the train slows down.) A timeless piece.
Jessica Minnoia
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I rated this book a "5" because it is a classic book with such a great message to children. Both little boys and girls can enjoy this book and appreciate the message in it.
This story is about a train carrying goods for children but it breaks down and is unable to get the goods to the children. The train asks several trains that pass by for help, but they all decline for various reasons. Eventually a little engine helps although she thinks she is not strong enough to pull the train over the mo

Now I have a bit of a confession to make: I actually was introduced to this classic children’s story through an animated special that premiered on TV way back in the early 1990s and I have only just recently decided to pick up the book that the animated special was based off of. “The Little Engine that Could” by Watty Piper along with artwork by George and Doris Hauman is truly a cute classic that children will read for years to come!

The story starts off with a little train carrying good things
Jul 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks they can't!!
My momma read me this book when i was but a babe... ever since i have been telling myself that no matter what life throws at me, i can overcome it, just like the little steam engine. From the time i was in diapers, a wee little lad, I have lived by the motto "I think I can, I think I can" and thus far I have overcome insurmountable hills and mountains in my life... just like the little engine. I encourage all to read this book, but especialy those that face great trials and tribulations in life. ...more
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
...[this book]brought me to tears...THIS DESERVES A MEDAL!
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I never read this as a kid, of that I'm quite sure. I'd heard of it of course - it's been around for over 70 years, after all! - but now that I've read it, I know for sure I didn't read it or have it read to me as a child. If I had, I would probably have enjoyed it more as an adult, even if just for the nostalgia. That tends to be the way it works. It's not that I think it's terrible or anything, it just doesn't hold my interest or appeal - it's very much a story from the early 20th century (or ...more
Mar 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though the personificiation of an 19th century steam boiler might be classified as disturbing, this book clearly outlines mental ambition and perservearance. What's equaly facinating is how the book is ridden with antagonists: old trains, mean trains, tough trains... all telling the protagonist "choo-choo" the mountain "obstacle" is nearly impossible to overcome. The climax is a riveting edge-of-your-seat thrill ride which will leave you orgasmically shaking with tears and joy. Overall, a good r ...more
Jan 29, 2009 added it
It was one of my favorite books as a child i could read it over and over again when i was a child
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I still to this day say to myself " I think I can, I think I can". Kind of nerdy but this book had a lasting impression.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Justin Thompson
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby-h-books
Stirring and inspirational!! There are multiple characters and Mom read them in different voices and I thought it was just a LAUGH RIOT! I plan to apply the lesson of the Little Engine to my ongoing effort to master "tummy time." -M
Denise Byers
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!! I write books to empower children overcoming various forms of adversity.

This book is a perfect example of the types of books I write and want to write!

It is inspirational and encouraging!


Still at my age, whenever I think "I can't", I remember this book and I say "Yes, I can!"

This book also inspired my eldest child, my daughter, Danielle. She was abused by a babysitter at 13 months old and acqu
Jack Kirby and the X-man
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 i
Callie Reichenbach
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic
The Little Engine That Could is a classic. It has been done and re-redone but still children love it, and for good reason. It's about a train that is carrying toys and food for good boys and girls on the other side of the mountain, but the the train breaks down. The toys ask other trains that pass by if they will help pull their train over the mountain. Three trains pass by all too busy or denying to help. But then, a little blue engine pulls up and realizes that if she doesn't help, then the go ...more
Tasneem  Zafer
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can" says the tiny blue engine when all the toys and dolls ask desperately for blue engine's help because their engine breaks down and the good boys and girls on the other side of the mountain won't have any toys to play with or good food to eat! And the other engines refuse to pull them cause they're either too strong, fancy and big to pull the likes of them or too old and dusty and think they just can't! Little blue engine stands out and hitches herself ...more
Ozan Yunus
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great story and definite a keeper for my collection.It aims to deliever a message to help teach children and adults to overcome adversaries and believe in themselves, which i believe is a great message. Everyone gave up on the toys but not that little blue engine that could.

'I know I can, I know I can, I know I can'

'I knew I could, I knew I could, I knew I could...'

The little blue train never doubt himself, never gave up and achived his goals. The book would be ideal for children aged 2-6 and
Darcy Leech
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A story of perseverance in cute children's images, this book is worth reading many, many times to your child because of all the literary allusions they will encounter later to this childhood lesson. Start the kid young with a book like this, then build on the ideas of working through the hard hills and working despite what others may say or think, and you will have a child with the life skills of resilience and perseverance! Fun read, but also edifying.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books that a child can ever read, as it teaches them to always have a positive attitude and never, ever give up.
Rain Misoa
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 0-3 and anyone who needs inspiration to keep working hard!
Recommended to Rain by: My Mother! She bought the book for me to read to my younger brother!
Shelves: childrens-books
This is one of the children's books that I read for We Give Books, A Pearson Foundation Initiative to help children all around the world obtain books. It's an organization that gathers many campaigns in one spot on the web to encourage people to read many books for children. With every book you read, one gets donated to the campaign you signed up for. (There's quite a few campaigns available.) A very good friend of mine, Nicole Terazue, recommended this site to me since she knew I loved reading ...more
Perhaps one of the most famous and beloved American children’s books, is the story of “The Little Engine That Could.” Filled with wonderful toys and dolls, fruits, creamy milk, fresh vegetables, and delicious after meal treats for good little girls and boys who lived on the other side of the mountain, the happy little train comes to a stop when her engine can go no further. The toys, lead by a clown, spring to life and try to get help from several masculine engines including a shiny passenger en ...more
Which childhood hasn't been read this book and had it saved into their wee minds? I love the idea of this book since it is an illustrated modern-day re-telling of "The Good Samaritan" although with all the violence that you find in the original telling but the tenets are still grasped together.

With the exception of the original little engine, all the engines have been give a personality, which truly stands out to the reader. They don't need names since you know either what they do or who they
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Toddlers and up
Recommended to Allison by: 1001 BYMRBYGU
Shelves: 1001-cbymrbygu
I must have read this story a thousand times as a child. It's one of my favorite children's books. Reading it again as an adult, I really appreciate how timeless the story is and how useful the message is that it contains.

I'd also never noticed before that the Little Engine is female. And, I also discovered that she is one of the few female engines in children's books about trains. While there is a lot of analysis of this story that could suggest that it is sexist that the male trains couldn't b
Jordon Worley
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a fabulous book for children! The Little Engine That Could is truly an inspiring story. A train carrying toys and food for good boys and girls on the other side of the mountain breaks down. The toys ask other trains that pass by if they will help pull their train over the mountain. After being denied by three different trains, a little blue engine pulls up to see what the problem is. The little blue engine realized that if she didn't help, then the good boys and girls would be withou ...more
Laura Gibbs
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Everyone knows the story of the little engine that could! The red engine was full of toys and delicious food that he was trying to get to the other side of the mountain with all of the goodies for the boys and girls but it got stuck! All of a sudden, a shiny new engine came and the clown asked for help but the engine wouldn’t help. Next, a big engine came but he wouldn’t help either. Another engine still came after that but he was rusty and too tired to help. Finally, a bright blue engine came ...more
Ali Wilcox
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Everything about this book is wonderful. This is a story that a child will carry with them all throughout their life. My mom used to read this book to my brother and I when we were younger and it taught me all about perseverance. This book can teach any child that they can do anything that they set their mind to. Even though the little blue engine is very little and not meant to go up mountains, it still decides to help the train filled with toys to make it over the mountain. The distinct saying ...more
Jessica Maynard
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a classic inspirational book for children everywhere. The engine was carrying goods to little boys and girls and suddenly the engine stopped running. The engine tried to keep going but it couldn't. A different engine came along and they begged it to take the engine across the mountain. All the engines who came by said no expect for one. The little blue engine wasn't very big at all but he did everything possible to get the bigger engine over the mountain so the children could have food a ...more
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