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The Little Engine that Could

The Little Engine that Could

Author: Watty Piper

Year Published: 1930

Description: Voted as one the top 100 books for children in a National Education Association poll, The Little Engine that Could emphasizes the value of hard work and determination through the story of a personified steam engine who, despite being small, wills itself to pull a long train over a mountain. Repeating the mantra of “I think I can, I think I can” the engine pushes itself harder and harder as it nears the grade, until finally it crests. Although variations of the story existed previously, the version most ingrained in American culture was written in 1930 by Watty Piper, a pen name for Arnold Munk.

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