Hey! Do you like children's books? You must know that I do!
"The Little Engine That Could" is a very popular children's book in America. If you are reading this from another country, do you know it? It has been popular since it was first published in 1930.
Since I am invited to a baby shower this month, I asked my husband to buy a copy of this book for me but as a boardbook as a baby present. (I had found the most adorable "onesies" with trains on them, so you know I had to have this book to go with the little outfits for a baby boy!)
I was delighted to see that the book now has new illustrations by Loren Long. I love them! Reading more about Loren Long, I was pleased to see more of his artwork. You may read more about him just here! If you have ever thought of writing a children's book, you should read the FAQ section on his website. There is some very helpful advice on there it seems to me. Once again, and I do apologize for repeating this so often, but I honestly don't care how talented you are, only how nice you are!
Otis, the tractor, is another one of the characters that Loren Long has created. (He is not just an illustrator but an author as well!)
Looks like Otis will be my next purchase!
Now, back to "The Little Engine That Could". Did you know that it was Dolly Parton's favorite book as a child? Through her Dollywood Foundation, she has given away over ONE MILLION copies of the book!
Personally, I don't remember seeing this book as a child. I think one of my teachers must have read it to me in school. I always liked the sound of "I think I can", I think I can, I think I can" and how much that phrase sounded just like a train!
(As kids, we were always told, "Remember, American ends in I CAN". I wonder if anyone says that to American kids anymore?)
Since I had three younger siblings, I spent a good part of my childhood reading to them and I read a lot of Dr. Seuss (American author) and Beatrix Potter (British author.) (When I had my own son, I was thrilled to read to him and I think he found it amusing that I knew so many books!) I know a lot of these books by heart! What children's books are your favorites?
Do you know any of them by heart? What, you can't memorize anything? Tosh, just say to yourself...I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!
I also loved Aesop's fables too..."The Tortoise and The Hare" for example. Hmmm...I am spotting a theme here, I am always for the underdog, I guess!