Since 1930, A Children’s Classic

The Little Engine That Could.  There have been lots of different editions but this one that Maura is reading to her cousin Charlie is the  Complete and Original.  The author name is a pseudonym as I looked up the Watty Piper.   Lots of discussion about the origin of The Little Engine That Could story  in this throughly researched article by Roy E  Plotnick-  University of Illinois in Chicago

There’s an abridged version and a board book one out in  bookstores now and the illustrations have been updated?jazzed up.  (Not necessarily for the better in my opinion_ Guess I’m “Old School”.

Charlie loves trains and he likes the flow of language in the story……”I think I can, I think I can,  I think I can,” and the rhythm of “I thought I could, I thought I could, I thought I could,  I remember my mother reading it to me.

11 thoughts on “Since 1930, A Children’s Classic

  1. I don’t know how many times I read this children’s classic to our five sons. Great that you could throw some light on the origin of this wonderful story! Best wishes for 2018!

  2. I love this photo! It captures a sweet moment in time. I can feel the love Maura and Charlie share for each other. I would suggest this one be put in a frame and displayed in each of their bedrooms. It’s a perfect portrait of cousin love.

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