The Little Engine That Could

the little engine

As you can see The Little Engine That Could is a beloved book at our house.  So adored and appreciated it’s covered in marker and sketches of crayon.

title pages

Did you read this book as a child?  It was written in the early 50’s and is as much a staple of my childhood as anything else I can remember.

I think I can

I wrongly assumed this book wouldn’t appeal to my kids, but it’s one of our favorites.

Some lessons never get old.



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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Stacia Simonsen :

    Read this to my 1-yr old not 3 hours ago!

    • Allison :

      Ha. Brilliant. Great minds, and all that. :)

  2. Carrie S. :

    My parents remember reading it when they were kids, I remember reading it as a child, and my two year old daughter LOVES it! I find myself editing out the “good” from “good little boys and girls” when I read it though. EVERYONE deserves good food to eat and toys to play with. Shame on me for censuring it. ;)

    • Allison :

      I love that. What a great tradition.

      No shame in censoring, I do it ALL the time.

  3. Ailinh :

    I remembered reading it when I was a child and all I remembered was that I LOVED it. Don’t remember anything about it now, so mayyybee it’s time for a trip to the library. Thanks for the reminder–lovin your blog, btw!

    • Petit Elefant :

      You have to revisit it, it’s a basic must-have.

      Thank you!