Never underestimate the power of the words "I think I can, I think I can." We have the abridged version of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper in our house, and let me tell you, both Pickle and Bo love it, and it's one of my favorite books to read to them. We all know the story- a little blue engine is asked by a broken-down train full of dolls and toys to help pull it over the mountain. The little blue engine doubts herself at first as she has never gone over the mountain, but she tells herself she can do it, and she succeeds.
This is such a simple story, but it imparts one of the most profound lessons we can teach our kids. Four words - "I think I can" can be a life changing mantra for even the youngest of children, and there is no better way to illustrate the concept of believing in yourself than with this book. If you don't have this on your shelf because it's old and maybe not as "exciting" as some new, more modern releases, get online and order it now. Though there are so many books that teach kids what it means to persevere, this timeless story just knocks them all out of the park. Every single time.
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