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The Little Engine That Could Hardcover – 11 Jul 2002
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Praise The Little Engine That Could illustrated by Loren Long* "Long . . . adds a lushness to the spreads and injects even more personality into the characters. Both faithful fans and newcomers will enjoy this triumphant ride and eagerly climb aboard for repeat excursions." --Publishers Weekly, starred review * "Long has enriched this new edition with bountiful illustrations that take their palette and inspiration from the original, but are greatly enhanced by imagination and inventiveness." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys and good food over the mountain.See all Product description
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It is a story of how kindness and perseverance can save the day, and how a positive attitude can achieve great things. What sets this edition apart is the stunning new illustrations. The cover picture on Amazon doesn't do it justice - these have to be some of the finest paintings ever produced for a children's book, and are works of art in their own right. They capture the mood of the characters beautifully and are an absolute delight.
The book would be ideal for children aged 2-6 and is sure to become a much-loved favourite. I bought this for my children for Christmas and I can't wait to give it to them! This is a beautiful, top quality book with a wonderful, positive message. Very highly commended indeed.
Update Jan 2009: Having given this to my youngest son (age 4) at Christmas, it is now his favourite book (and much loved by his 6-year-old brother too). It really is a superb book with a great story and beautiful pictures. I can't recommend this too highly - the image on Amazon does it no justice - it is an absolute delight.
We memorise the text of our favourite books as children and when we read it as an adult, there is nostalgia involved in our decision to buy sometimes. This was the case for me and also the source of my disappointment.
If the book has no nostalgic value to you, I recommend buying it. It does have really lovely, modern-style, pictures and the story is fine.