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When my son and daughter-in-law announced that we were going to be grandparents, I went out and bought The Little Engine That Could. I love reading, and the love of reading is something that I want to give to those I care about. It seems that I've always thought highly of this motivational story, and I had to have it for my first grandchild. (Of course, I've shared it with all seven of my grandchildren.)
I read it over and over to that first grandchild until she would say along with me at the beginning of the story, "Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong." We spent hours with this book about the very little blue engine who helped get the toys over the mountain by saying, "I think I can--I think I can--I think I can--I think I can.
I also used to read it to my senior high students to teach them the importance of reading and how to read to their future children by using rhythm and voice inflection. I was always impressed that twelfth graders would actually listen to a child's book being read aloud. When read with expression, this lovely book catches the ear and instills a profound message of persistence.
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