The Little Engine That Could: The Complete, Original Edition

The Little Engine That Could: The Complete, Original Edition

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780448405209
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Series: Little Engine That Could Series
Edition description: Original Classic
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 15,686
Product dimensions: 7.06(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

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. 


An interview with Loren Long

How long have you been an artist?

I have been an artist professionally in capacity or another since I got out of school 15 years ago. When did you first feel the artistic urge?

My mother tells how I would draw Snoopy over and over from the "funny" papers lying on the kitchen floor as a four-year-old. I don't remember the kitchen floor, but I do remember loving Snoopy.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Joplin, Missouri (in the Snoopy era) but moved to Lexington, Kentucky at the age of five and grew up in Lexington.

What were you like as a child?

I had a very conventional childhood and a wonderful family. Like many kids growing up in the mid-west, I loved sports, especially baseball. I was an average student and a bit of a dreamer. I loved to draw and as time passed I felt that I was better in the arts than anything else. Shortly after my Little League years, I realized I would never make the 25 man roster of the Cincinnati Reds so I figured I better start painting pictures.

Have you always wanted to illustrate books for children?

It was always in the back of my mind but I spent many years after school working as a freelance illustrator for many different magazines or anyone else who would call. I feel those years helped me to develop my so-called direction.

Where do you do your work?

I have a suitably un-glamorous studio in the basement of my home. I like being able to live and work under the same roof so I am here when my boys get off the school bus. Besides, I've always felt that having a romantic freestanding studio overlooking a valley like N.C. Wyeth had with huge windows and north light was terribly over-rated ... right?

What different mediums to you use in your art?

At the moment, I work with acrylic paint on either canvas or panels.

What do you like best about your job?

I love the visual storytelling aspect of the work. I love creating images. I feel challenged everyday. Every time I start a new piece of art, there is a chance I could fail. It's both irritating and inspiring at the same time.

Who are your favorite artists?

Mostly, I love the work that was being done in America in the early part of the twentieth century. The Ashcan School painters, the American Regionalists of the 20s and 30s. the Harlem Renaissance artists as well as the WPA muralists. Artists like Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, and George Bellows to name a few of the bigger names. And, of course, I can't leave out the illustrators of that time like N.C. Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish among others.

Did you have favorite artists/art styles as a child?

Not having any artists in my family, I really did not have early artistic influences as a child ... just Charles Schulz.

Where do you get the inspiration for your art?

I imagine much of my inspiration comes from the things around me. I get a lot of inspiration from my two young sons and my wife who has an accounting background.

Do you ever get "painter's" block?

I'd like to call it that, but that would be a convenient excuse for plain old procrastination.

What do you like to do when you're not painting?

When I am not painting, I like hanging with my wife Tracy and our boys. I like movies and I am an avid kayak enthusiast (even though I have only done it once).

Who influenced you in becoming an artist?

Even though they had no art background, my parents encouraged me to find something I was passionate about. My mother refused to allow me to be lazy and waste a God given ability. I'm glad now that she stayed on my case.

You have a fabulous sense of color; where does this come from?

Boy, the color thing has always been a challenge for me. I'll just say it has been one of my biggest artistic issues and I am flattered and pleased that anyone thinks highly of my color.

In creating the art for The Little Engine That Could(tm), was their some aspect of the story that was really new? A surprise even to you?

I suppose the most obvious departure that I wanted to explore was to create new, unique, and appealing individual characters of the trains and toys in this legendary story. It was new for me as an artist to create smiling trains and sad little toy animals and this was without a doubt the most surprisingly fun aspect of the project for me.

Did you know The Little Engine That Could(tm), as a child?

I knew the Little Engine well as a child ... it certainly was one of my favorite stories. I have uttered those famous words, "I think I can" to myself throughout my life ... even while working on this very book! I feel very honored and humbled to have been able to create new art for this meaningful children's book that has been a part of so many of our lives.

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The Little Engine That Could: The Complete, Original Edition 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Morgme More than 1 year ago
This was bought for my 2-year old granddaughter who, at the moment, has a love of all things train. We remembered this story from both our children's and our own childhoods, but we were delighted to see the original, complete version of the story. The illustrations are wonderful. She loves having this book read to her; and now our granddaughter, too, is repeating the memorable phrase "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can".
donnamae48 More than 1 year ago
My grandson loves this book and chimes right in while I am reading it to him. The graphics are really nice also.
GeorgiegirlOR More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, wonderful book that has charmed children from all walks of life. There is nothing more important than learning to read....if you can do that, you can do anything, go anywhere, accomplish anything. Another joy for generations to come.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the story is fascinating))
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids are fond of this book!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book read to me when I was a kid and am now giving it to all of the kids in my life... the message is priceless... and timeless... and I love that the pictures haven't changed in 20 years!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The children over the mountain want their toys and good foods. How can they get there? Who will take them there? Will the children be disappointed? Find out who who is the biggest help not just the biggest engine.
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very simple classic for very little children. A positive good message of course but that clown in the Watty Piper version is so creepy. No wonder all those other trains were so reluctant to help out. Note: predates Thomas the tank engine, and the engine is an anthropomorphic female train, interesting for 1930's children's protagonists.
paroof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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?
silversurfer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my cherished memories as a child , was reading this book...over and over...and over...
wmswarriors on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
nstark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story for young children.
dgadkins88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite as a child. My Dad had to read it to me over and over.
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
SarahZ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Little Engine that Could is a wonderful moralistic children's story that helps to teach children the value of optimism. The gist of the tale is that a long series of boxcars must be pulled over a mountain to supply a small town with toys, candies and food. Various larger engines are asked by the toys to pull the cars but they all refuse. The toys ask a small engine who ready agrees to try even though she has only even been used to switch cars in the yard. By chugging to her motto ¿I think I can¿, the little engine succeeds in pulling the cars over the mountain. On the way down to the town the little engine congratulates herself, "I thought I could, I thought I could." This is a wonderful story for small children with beautiful, simplistic pictures.
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A wonderful childhood classic. I have three brothers next below me in age. For probably five years, this was the bedtime request of first brother #1, then brother #2, then brother #3. My parents tired of it, but the boys? Never!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book that is good thru the ages; it has a nice message for young children: if you think you cannot do something, just say: I THINK I CAN …and then I KNOW I CAN !
Scarlett60 More than 1 year ago
I have made it a tradition of buying this book for the children I have known for many years. The Little Engine That Could is a wonderful story but also a teaching tool. It is a 35 year old book with a message that should never be forgotten; that children need to remember to always try and not give up. The illustrations are heartwarming and not a rough graphic which is sometimes seen in books published today. this is one book every parent should by and read to there three year old and up.
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