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Three Little Engines Teach a Life Lesson in a Re-Tell of the Classic the Little Engine That Could

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Yes We Can! The Three Little Engines Teach a Life Lesson That We Can All Help Each Other

Fun re-encounter with the 3 Little Engines

Fun re-encounter with the 3 Little Engines

Fun Read With Three Little Engines That Offer Encouragement

The classic "Little Engine That Could" returns with friends in Bob McKinnon's delightful new picture book Three Little Engines. Young readers who have always loved the classic story about the little train that was successful in achieving a monumental task by believing that she could succeed will want to pick up this story for a new life lesson. McKinnon re-tells the story by celebrating friendship between the three little engines that are ready to graduate from Engine School and take their first trip alone over the mountain.

Their friends and family are already waiting for each of them to arrive at the station after traveling over the mountain. All three are set on their respective track and are ready to be off. The Little Blue Engine is the first to start her journey. The steep mountain is very daunting, but with the familiar words "I think I can", she makes it over the mountain and arrives at the station. The Little Yellow Engine encounters some very difficult problems. The Little Red Train also encounters a problem. The Little Blue Train is anxiously awaiting her two little engine friends at the station and cannot imagine what is keeping them. She learns the lesson that everyone's journey is not the same. Some will have more problems than others. She sets off to find her friends and to help. The Little Blue Engine is successful in helping the other two get over their problems with crossing the mountain and they all finally arrive at the station to a happy celebration.

Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson contributed their talents as illustrators with gorgeous illustrations that highlight this re-telling of a classic. Three Little Engines was published by Grosset & Dunlap, a division of Penguin Random House and is recommended for ages 5-8. It has an ISBN of 1978-1-5247-9335-7.

Beautifully Illustrated Classic Re-Tell With a Life Lesson About Different Life Journeys

All three engines on their tracks ready to begin their individual journey over the mountain to graduate

All three engines on their tracks ready to begin their individual journey over the mountain to graduate

Little Yellow Engine's journey

Little Yellow Engine's journey

Little Blue Train's journey

Little Blue Train's journey

Little Red Engine encounters a huge problem on her journey over the mountain

Little Red Engine encounters a huge problem on her journey over the mountain

All three engines finally arrive at the station after being helped by Little Blue Engine

All three engines finally arrive at the station after being helped by Little Blue Engine

Celebration at the station when all three engines arrive

Celebration at the station when all three engines arrive

Different Life Journeys Require Friendships to Create Successful Achievements

I often used picture books to teach a concept or lesson when I taught in early childhood classrooms. Bob McKinnon's re-tell of the classic The Little Engine That Could is one that all teachers of young children can use to teach encouragement and friendship. His Three Little Engines teaches young readers that everyone has problems in life and everyone needs friends to help with life journeys. Everyone's life journey is different and with compassion from others, everyone can be successful.

*Read Three Little Engines in a story time session. Call attention to the three engines as they get ready to graduate by taking their individual journey over the mountain.

*Provide young readers the opportunity to learn the words "I think I can" as the Little Blue Engine takes her journey over the mountain.

*Engage students in a discussion about something that they have encountered that they believe that they cannot do. Were they eventually successful in trying something new? Did they have help in being successful?

*Call attention to the problem that the Little Yellow Engine encountered. Call attention to the problem that Little Red Engine encountered. Were their problems different or the same?

*Engage children in a discussion about the fact that everyone's life problems can be different and that compassion and friendship are needed to help friends.

*Which engine received a good feeling after helping her friends get over the mountain? Engage children in a discussion about a time that they helped a friend or sibling with a problem. Did they get a good feeling after helping?

*Provide drawing paper, crayons, and markers for children to draw friends helping friends. Call attention to the words from the story "I think we can".

© 2021 Cindy Hewitt

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