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  • Published: 4 May 2001
  • ISBN: 9780448405209
  • Imprint: Grossett
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: $19.99

The Little Engine That Could




The all-time classic about the little engine and his timeless refrain, 'I think I can . . . I think I can . . .'

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.

  • Pub date: 4 May 2001
  • ISBN: 9780448405209
  • Imprint: Grossett
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Watty Piper

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. 

Loren Long

Loren Long is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of the re-creation of the childhood classic The Little Engine That Could and Madonna's Mr. Peabody's Apples. He has illustrated many other favourites, including Frances Ward Weller's The Day the Animals Came.

Loren has fond memories of creating paper boats with his brothers on rainy days and following them as they floated down the gutters. It was these memories that drew him to illustrate Toy Boat.

Loren lives near Cincinnati, USA with his wife and two sons, all frequent visitors to his studio, where they see the art and hear the stories first.


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