The Little Engine That Could
Retold by Watty Piper
New York: Platt & Munk, Publishers, 1930
This is Jim’s contribution to Elijah’s Little Library. Spoiler Alert! If you think you might be receiving a baby shower gift from House Reimund this book will be included. It is our favorite book to give as a baby gift.
How can you not love a book that starts out with such great sounds? “Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong.” It’s almost musical. This little engine is a trooper. An example of positive thinking!
I liked reading this book to our girls. I had the Big Important Engine’s bellow, the Shiny New Engine’s arrogant voice, and the Rusty Old Freight Engine’s tired voice. My favorite, of course, was the very little engine’s voice. I loved doing its voice with the engine rhythm, “I think I can-I think I can…”. Slow at first and then faster and faster. It is a great book to read aloud.