"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can": First Edition of The Little Engine That Could
The Little Engine That Could.
Piper, Watty; Illustrated by Lois Lenski.$3,000.00
Item Number: 101922
New York: The Platt & Munk Co, 1930.
First edition of this classic work with the Never Grow Old Series list on the verso of the front free endpaper with nine titles ending with The Little Engine That Could, two lines on the bottom left of the cover beginning with “No. 358.”, and ‘Trade Mark’ lacking from the front panel’s pictorial pastedown. Octavo, original red cloth with pictorial pastedown to the front panel, color illustrated endpapers, illustrated throughout by Lois Lenski. Name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good early issue dust jacket with the summary of “The Little Engine that Could” on front flap and a box printed around the “Beautiful Books for Children” on the rear panel. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. An exceptional presentation.
The best known incarnation of The Little Engine That Could was written by "Watty Piper", a pen name of Arnold Munk, who was the owner of the publishing firm Platt & Munk. Arnold Munk was born in Hungary, and as a child, moved with his family to the United States, settling in Chicago. Munk used the name Watty Piper as both an author of children's books and as the editor of many of the books that Platt & Munk published. He personally hired Lois Lenski to illustrate the book. The National Education Association named it one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."