What is the little engine that could about
The Little Engine That Could by Watty PiperWhen I was seven, my Mom used to read to us from this little book.
It was one of many books scattered atop our bright red plastic-‘n-steel tabletop, and she was cataloguing them for her new Public Library!
It was a bright red-letter year for us kids, too, that year - a real Book Bonanza.
And THIS was the way she encouraged stick-to-it-iveness in us lazy, dozy kids - with books like this: ‘I THINK I can! I THINK I can!’
Just like the relentless chugging of a pint-sized locomotive!
Well, I KNEW about steam locomotives in those days.
Dad used to take me down to the central Roundhouse back then to watch ‘em. The huge wheel would turn the engine around 180 degrees so it could face back out towards the station - and start a new trip...
Well, THIS little locomotive thought it could make its trip if it told itself it COULD do it hard enough.
And, when it got really chugging away, Mom would read, ‘I KNOW I can! I KNOW I can!’
AND the little locomotive was, of course, ultimately successful.
But that was my mom for you!
I remember one night at that same kitchen table four years later, when she was studying for her finals prior to receiving her Master’s Degree in Library Science - with an excruciating migraine.
She made like the little engine again, only THIS TIME she was SINGING, in spite of her pain:
ONE MORE RIVER
AND THAT’S THE RIVER JORDAN!
ONE MORE RIVER
AND THAT’S THE RIVER TO CROSS!
Because she KNEW she could make it.
The day she received her diploma was a bright, warm spring day in Montreal.
The proud dignitaries and even prouder McGill graduates were there in full regalia.
But perhaps proudest of all, decked out in our Sunday best, were my Dad and us three little kids...
For our Mom had done it - just like she had promised!
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The story is used to teach children the value of optimism and hard work. The story's signature phrases such as "I think I can" first occurred in print in a article in a Swedish journal. Charles S. A brief version of the tale appeared under the title Thinking One Can in , in Wellspring for Young People , a Sunday school publication. Bragg, a teacher, but she "took no credit for originating the story". Arnold Munk was born in Hungary, and as a child, moved with his family to the United States, settling in Chicago.
A train breaks down and the toys it is carrying will not get over the mountain to the boys and girls by the morning. Every train engine, big and small, passes it by until the littlest engine agrees to help. We live in a world where people have a wide multitude of opinions, political, social,and moral. What makes them have these opinions, and are they always entitled to them? In The Little Engine That Could a train carrying toys and treats for good boys and girls breaks down. Three train engines decide to not help, each for their own reasons.