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The Little Engine That Could
Written by Watty Piper
Illustrated by Dan Santat

Number of Cans: 1,828

  • Cullen Sayegh
  • Adriana Hernandez Palomino
  • Paul O’Connell
  • Rebekah Dunbar, AIA

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The Little Engine That Could: I Think I CAN

“I think I can” are the words of perseverance uttered by our favorite childhood locomotive, the Little Engine that Could. The Little Engine that Could was written by legendary children’s book author Watty Piper and first illustrated by cartoonist Lois Lenski in 1930 at the beginning of the Great Depression. Our industrious blue engine was tasked with rescuing a fellow locomotive stranded on a mountain after all the other trains refused to help. Even though he was smaller than the other trains, the Little Engine that Could volunteered, coining the phrase “I think I can, I think I can,” as he assisted his friend over the mountain to safety. Now more than ever, The Little Engine that Could encourages children and adults alike to overcome this challenging “mountain” of a year with determination and a little kindness.

Amy’s, Lentil Soup, 14.5 oz, 180 cans
Goya, Pinto Beans, 15 oz, 1000 cans
Del Monte, Sliced Peaches, 15.25 oz, 180 cans
Le Sueur, Peas, 15 oz, 88 cans
Bumble Bee, White Tuna, 5 oz, 76 cans
Snow’s, Minced Clams, 6.5 oz, 24 cans
Giant, Quick Hot Oats, 42 oz, 40 cylinders
Giant, Small Peas, 15 oz, 192 cans
Dreamfields, Penne Rigate Pasta, 13.5 oz, 48 boxes

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