Picks and Pans Review: The Little Engine That Could

updated 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Retold by Watty Piper

It's probably a safe bet that as many people know what the Little Engine said while "she tugged and pulled and pulled and tugged" onward up the steep mountainside, as know the question that Hamlet thought was such a big deal.

This itty-bitty 60th-anniversary edition of the classic, with the original cheerful illustrations by George and Doris Hauman, should help keep the engaging story alive. The text is simple and full of opportunities for a theatrical adult to overact while reading to a child. And it remains true that there are few morals more worth passing along than the value of self-confidence and the ability to say—and to believe—"I think I can, I think I can." (Platt & Munk, $12.95)

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