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The Little Engine That Could by  illust  Watty (pseud. Arnold Munk); George and Doris Hauman - First Thus - 1954 - from Lorne Bair Rare Books and

The Little Engine That Could

by PIPER, Watty (pseud. Arnold Munk); George and Doris Hauman, illust

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New York: Platt and Munk, 1954. First Thus. Oblong octavo (18x20cm); bright blue leatherette with tipped-on color illustration; [40pp]. Soiling and light handling wear; chipping to heel of spine; small tear to edge of pages 7-8; ownership inscription on title page; else Very Good+. The Silver Anniversary (1954) edition of this classic children's book is completely rebound and revised, with new, iconic illustrations by George and Doris Hauman. The first Platt and Munk version was published in 1930, a retelling of Mabel C. Bragg's "The Pony Engine" (1916), which itself has roots in other similar works. Since then, this story's resonating "I think I can" message has seen many more editions and adaptations, including songs, toys, a real touring train, and two feature films.

Everyone loves The Little Engine That Could, that classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain. The Little Engine that Could is an American fairytale that gained popularity and became a classic children’s book in 1930 when published by Platt & Munk under the pen name Watty Piper. An earlier version of the story was printed in the New York Tribune in 1906, and in the same year in a Sunday School publication Wellspring for Young People under the title “Thinking One Can.” The 1954 Platt & Munk version with illustrations by George and Doris Hauman is the best-known version of this book. -


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