Caramel often likes to reread books he used to read when he was a much younger bunny. Today he reviews one of his very old favorites: The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper (aka Arnold Munk), with new art by Loren Long. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: I haven’t seen you with that book for a while Caramel.
Caramel: True. I haven’t read it in a long time. But this is a good book if you like helping and trains.
S: And you do like both helping and trains! No wonder you like this book!
C: It is an awesome book. I love the pictures and the whole story!
S: So what is it about?
C: It’s about a train full of things for good boys and girls and it’s going over a mountain. But its engine breaks.
S: Oh, that is sad. Then what happens?
C: All the toys are very sad. They want to get to the good boys and girls and make them happy.
S: Then what happens?
C: A lot of trains pass by and they don’t help the train. Until this little blue engine comes along, and her name is really Little Blue Engine!
“I’m not very big,” said the Little Blue Engine. “They use me only for switching trains in the yard. I have never been over the mountain.”
“But we must get over the mountain before the children awake,” said all the dolls and the toys.
The very little engine looked up and saw the tears in the dolls’ eyes. And she thought of the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain who would not have any toys or good food unless she helped.
Then she said, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” And she hitched herself to the little train.
S: Yes, this book is a classic, first published in 1930, and the part where she says “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” is really famous. Why do you think so Caramel?
C: Because it makes people want to help other people.
S: Yes, even though the Little Blue Engine is small and inexperienced, she decides to try and help. That is quite nice. And she can help because she thinks she can. So it’s also about …
C: … believing in yourself! And this is probably the eleventh time I read this book!
S: I think you and I together read this about that many times Caramel!
C: Hmm, I guess I must have read it a lot more times then.
S: Would you recommend it to other little bunnies and their big people?
C: Yes I would. It is a fun book to read with your big people. In our case it is you of course Sprinkles.
S: I know. I have always loved reading this book to you. I liked repeating “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”
C: “Puff Puff Chug Chug!” It sounds like the train chugging along.
S: Yes, it really does sound like a train, doesn’t it?
C: Yes! And I love trains! But this is all for this week! Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures!