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The Little Engine

The Original Tale from 1920

Illustrated by John Kurtz
Published by Racehorse for Young Readers
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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The original, classic motivational tale with stunning new art in a handsome edition.
The Little Engine is a classic fairytale that all children should know. Originally written in the early 20th century, the story is one of perseverance and confidence. You and your child can now read this original children’s classic with this new edition full of colorful illustrations.

The Little Engine follows a little train engine who takes up the task of carrying a large train up a massive hill—a task that larger and more accomplished engines refused to do. The little engine huffs and puffs his way up the hill, struggling to carry his heavy load. However, he is positive and confident the whole way and ends up succeeding in his mission, making it over the crest of the hill and down the other side.

Reading about the results of positivity, and perseverance in this beautiful new edition of The Little Engine will leave your child (and you) feeling confident and thinking “I think I can, I think I can” all day long!

Olive Kennon Beaupré was born in Aurora, Illinois on September 11, 1883 to William S. and Julia (Brady) Beaupré. She received her B.A. from Smith College in 1904. Olive began writing rhymes and stories to entertain her child, and was encouraged by her husband Harry to publish some of her writings. In 1917, P.F. Volland Company published "Sunny Rhymes for Happy Children." P.F. Volland Company published two more of Olive's works, "Come Play with Me" and "Whisk Away on a Sunbeam," in 1918. In 1919 Olive founded The Book House for Children publishing company with Harry, Olive assumed the title of Editor and published all of her subsequent material either solely through The Book House or through other publishing companies in conjunction with The Book House. . My Book House became the first collection of children's literature which was graded to meet the developing needs and abilities of children at different ages.

John Kurtz is a Napa, California, native currently residing in Georgia with his wife Sandrina and family. John is a self-taught illustrator and has a vast portfolio including children’s books, advertising, education, and television for clients across the United States and Europe.

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