It was in 1930 that Platt and Munk, now part of the Penguin Young Readers Group, first published the story of The Little Engine That Could retold by Watty Piper. Over the years, the Little Blue Engine has puffed and chugged her way over the mountain and into the hearts of millions of children, becoming one of the most popular and famous picture books of all time.
With her courageous refrain, "I Think I Can, I Think I Can," The Little Engine That Could is a classic symbol of inspiration to children and adults everywhere. As a part of American folklore, the Little Blue Engine symbolizes the rewards of determination and good will. Currently available in many different formats, this heartwarming story is accessible to readers of all ages.
The Little Engine That Could has a 90% awareness with mothers of children ages 2-5 years old.
The Little Engine That Could Original Classic Edition has sold more than 10 million copies in the English language!
Sales for all The Little Engine That Could™ books published by Penguin Young Readers Group exceed 20 million copies.
The Little Engine That Could™ is one of Dolly Parton’s favorite books. Her non-profit organization, The Dollywood Foundation, sponsors Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that facilitates sending free books to children ages 0-5 in the US, Canada and the UK. To date, the program has distributed more than 1 million copies of The Little Engine That Could™ as a part of their literacy program, and every newly enrolled child in the program receives a copy. A live theatrical show of The Little Engine That Could is performed every day at Dolly’s Imagination Playhouse during KidsFfest, a summer children’s festival at Dollywood Amusement Park in Pigeon Forge, TN.