The Little Blue Engine

May 1, 2013

I mentioned earlier that Mackenzie is really into trains right now. Last night before bed, we built her train track in a circle around her, with another loop and a tunnel, and she was beyond delighted. I promised her we would play again tonight.

One of our favorite books to read at night is The Little Engine that Could, by Watty Piper. We found a lovely illustrated commemorative copy of the 1954 Little Golden Book version at Barnes and Noble several weeks back, and I just had to get it.

The illustrations are just stunning.









I didn’t realize there were multiple versions of this book until I read this article on Click that link — in it, J. J. Sedelmaier shares scanned images of both versions so you can compare. Really, just stunning.

The 1930 edition was lovely, but I think I favor the warmth of the 1954 illustrations. What do you think? Do you know of any other train stories that a toddler would enjoy?

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