The Little Engine That Could Hardcover – September 27, 2005

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THE ALL-TIME CLASSIC, RE-ILLUSTRATED BY THE CREATOR OF OTIS!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.Now the great Loren Long (Otis; Of Thee I Sing) has brilliantly re-illustrated this classic story, bringing it exuberantly to life for today’s child. Get on board for the publishing event of the year.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–This classic tale has been re-released with up to date illustrations and a larger format. The text remains the same. The art, done with acrylics, is stylized and still retains a bit of an old-fashioned flavor. However, the ’30s look is definitely gone. In its place, readers will find artwork suggestive of a unfashionable ’50s look. As with the original, the clown takes center stage. His outfit, on the other hand, has changed from green polka dots to red pants, yellow shirt, and a colorful stocking cap. The text, with its, I think I will, I think I will refrain, is a timeless piece of children’s literature and so familiar that it needs no elaboration. It’s hard to toughen upon a classic, and one advantage that the traditional edition has over this one is that the quaint and sentimental text pairs nicely with the antique artwork. The modern illustrations undoubtedly work better with a group but they have got a faux feel to them. As such they’re a little out of sync with the prim and proper style of writing in the story about the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain [who will be] without the wonderful toys to play with and the good food to eat…. However, this is an acceptable purchase, especially for those libraries without a copy of the first edition or larger libraries wishing to collect all versions of classic tales.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 1. The new edition of this American classic pairs the original (1930) text with artwork by Loren Long, whose previous picture books include Madonna’s Mr. Peabody’s Apples (2003) and Walt Whitman’s When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer (2004). Grand in scale but cozy in effect, the impressive acrylic paintings use subtle strokes of rich colors to create a series of narrative scenes large enough to be clearly visible back to the last row of storytime or classroom. The characters remain convincing as dolls, toys, and trains despite the slight changes in expression, position, and emotion that bring them to life. The most memorable elements of the artwork, though, are the fluid lines, rounded shapes, and warm colors of the lyrical landscapes, which are reminiscent of paintings by Thomas Hart Benton. Chances are the unassuming Little Blue Engine never expected this type of handsome showcase, even for her finest hour, but this edition provides a brilliant new setting that many readers will prefer to the original picture book. Carolyn Phelan
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THE ALL-TIME CLASSIC, RE-ILLUSTRATED BY THE CREATOR OF OTIS!Everyone loves The Little Engine That Could, that classic tale of the decided little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain.Now the great Loren Long (Otis; Of Thee I Sing) has brilliantly re-illustrated this classic story, bringing it exuberantly to life for today’s child. Get on board for the publishing event of the year.