First edition, in scarce early state original dust jacket, of the classic children's story about a train that accomplishes great things simply by believing in herself.
Fine in near-fine jacket.
THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD
"Puff, puff, chug, chug, went the little blue engine. 'I think I can – I think I can – I think I can."
"Watty Piper" is a pseudonym used by the publishing company itself; the story that THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD was based upon has been told in a number of different formats, but this adaptation, retelling Mabel Bragg's THE PONY ENGINE, has proved the most enduring. A charming tale of tenacity that remains a highspot in American children's literature.
Read more: Zielinski, "The Little Engine That Could – Identifying Variants," Children's Picturebook Collecting (1stedition.net), April 2007.
New York: The Platt & Munk Co Inc, (1930). 8'' x 6''. Original red cloth, color pictorial paste-on. In original color pictorial dust jacket. Jacket early variant with the following points: front panel with two-line text beginning "No. 358"; front flap ad for THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD; rear flap with 9 titles priced $1.25; rear panel with "Beautiful Books for Children" listing 6 titles priced $1.25. Color pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Lenski with color frontispiece and illustrations on nearly every page in color and black and white.  pages, with text on both endpapers. Sacramento bookseller ticket on rear pastedown. Light chipping and edgewear to jacket, some spots of red color bleed on verso. Book fresh and clean.
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