Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 1

Picture Book: The Little Engine that Could, Deluxe Edition

Author: Watty Piper

Illustrators: George & Doris Hauman

Summary: After several big engines don’t help a stranded train full of toys, a small engine volunteers and manages to pull it over the mountain while saying to herself, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”

Hanna’s Comments: There are multiple publications of this story going back to 1930.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Grosset & Dunlap, 2009

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, preschool and up

# of Pages: 48

Available in Spanish? yes

Formats other than Book: tablet, dvd, streaming, on-line

PBT Category: Classic

PBT Topics this Book connects with: abilities, action, bravery/courage, challenges, commitment, difficulties, faith/faithfulness, generosity/giving/offering/stewardship, gifts/giftedness/talents, helping, heroes, hope, journeys/pilgrimages/migration/quests, kindness, labor/work, land/mountains, leadership/servant leadership, mission, patience, perseverance, pleasing god/the shema, problems/problem solving, purpose, rescue, response to god, self-discovery, servanthood/service/serving, steadfastness, strength/ strength in god, travel, underdogs

Scripture Connections: faith the size of a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20), the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25), the humble will be exalted (Matthew 23:11), the least is the greatest (Luke 9:48)

Idea(s) for Application: Children’s Giftedness Celebration

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