Cover image for You can! : words of wisdom from The Little Engine That Could / by Charlie Hart ; illustrated by Jill Howarth.
You can! : words of wisdom from The Little Engine That Could / by Charlie Hart ; illustrated by Jill Howarth.
Publication Information:
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
"Inspired by the original book retold by Watty Piper with illustrations by George and Doris Hauman."
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170.44 HAR Book Junior Collection

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Everybody needs a little downtime for maintenance.
There will always be obstacles you don't anticipate.
Wake up ready for an adventure.

The Little Engine That Could is one of the most popular and enduring children's stories of all time, and for more than eighty-five years, this classic character has encouraged readers to try their hardest to achieve their dreams. This story of determination and inspiration has now been reimagined in a charming, illustrated gift book that will speak to readers no matter what the age and no matter what the challenge. This is the perfect gift for everyone who may need to be reminded, "You Can!"

Author Notes

Watty Piper was a pen name of Arnold Munk, an owner of the publishing firm Platt & Munk. Arnold Munk was born in Hungary and, as a child, moved with his family to Chicago. He later moved to New York, where he died in 1957. Arnold Munk used the name Watty Piper as both an author of children's books and as the editor of many of the books that Platt & Munk published.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

This collection of guiding wisdom, inspired by The Little Engine That Could, features the engine in illustrations strongly reminiscent of George and Doris Hauman's classic art. Earnest words of advice set against pastel-colored pages accompany each image. In one, the Little Engine receives some loving care from a bear, elephant, and toy soldier: "Keep yourself in good working order. Everybody needs a little downtime for maintenance." Elsewhere, the Little Engine must choose between three different tracks: "Knowing which track to choose can be scary. But nothing feels better than finally getting started!" Howarth emphasizes the importance of kindness, generosity, and making friends: "Being of service to others means you'll always have plenty of friends along the way," while it's also important to "go at your own pace!" Howarth's visual vignettes carry warmth and vintage charm. The slender format accentuates the book's gift potential, while the advice comes across as germane to readers embarking on new adventures or needing extra encouragement: "If you think you can... you can!" Ages 5-up. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.