Do you remember The Little Engine That Could? I had forgotten all about it until last week’s Kid Lit Blog Hop. Another blogger mentioned the book, and I immediately put it on our library list. Today, though, I logged into WeGiveBooks, and there it was!
I read through it and instantly recognized the little clown, the beautiful dolls and other toys, and the happiness on the face of the Little Engine when she made it over the mountain. I can’t wait to get home to read it to Max on my Nook!
The images are simple and eye-catching, and the story is concise and enjoyable. The emotions are as bright as the images and as strong as the Shiny New Engine:
When the engine breaks down, each toy is broken-hearted for the little girls and boys who won’t receive their presents; however, the little clown reminds his friends not to give up, that there is more than one way to get the little children their toys. That hope is wonderful.
One lesson children will take from the book is the importance of helping others and of believing in yourself, but another is to be optimistic and believe in the goodness of other people (and train engines).