THE Little Engine That Could was one of those beautiful stories I grew up with and includes a message I continue to live by – I think I can, I think I can. In most cases, this motto has proven right. Especially during child birth!
If you remember the book, or read it to your child now (note: must get the book for Ella), then you’ll be filled with fond memories. With the help of some talented voice actors in Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Lee Curtis and Corbin Bleu (you know, the kid from High School Musical) along with the minds behind The Lion King and Aladdin, they’ve made those pictures in my head into the most bright and colourful (and I mean colourful) animation.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, the Little Engine is a girl shunter train. A major bonus in our household. She leaves Dreamland to head over the mountain to the real world, all the while encountering many obstacles. She learns to put her fears aside and when the journey seems impossible, she remembers the words: “If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t. Either way, you’re right.’’
You’re probably wondering how they fill out a whole feature-length movie. Well, that’s the bit that didn’t go down so well with 3.5-year-old Ella. You see, there’s the introduction of an evil “Nightmare’’ engine, who was just a little too scary for this li’l princess.
This part, unfortunately, we had to fast forward, so I can’t really tell you much more than that. However, children a year or two older with a love of trains would relish this tale. And, aside from this one moment, it really is a fun movie, with a classic storyline, sweet characters, one powerful and positive message and a rather cool pop soundtrack.
It’s released by Universal Studios. Running time: 1 hour 22 minutes. Rated: G
Here, take a look:
Want to watch more than just the trailer?
To go in the draw to win one of three copies of The Little Engine That Could on DVD, leave a comment telling us your favourite book from your childhood (or your child’s fave if you can’t remember!). The giveaway closes Friday, July 10 at 7pm and a winner will be drawn randomly and announced on this blog and via Facebook and Twitter. Australian residents only. Limit of three entries.
Want extra entries? Then here’s how you can up your chances in the draw. Each task is worth one extra entry, but must be included as a separate comment (or it won’t count).
  1. Click the Facebook button below and share this giveaway with your Facebook friends. Then leave a separate comment saying something along the lines of “I’ve shared this on Facebook’’.
  2. Click the Twitter button below and share this giveaway with your Twitter followers (Twitter handle is @ThreeLil). Then leave a separate comment saying something along the lines of “I’ve shared this on Twitter’’.
**DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of The Little Engine That Could on DVD for review. All opinions expressed are purely my own.
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29 Responses to WIN: The Little Engine That Could Review and Giveaway

  1. Barbara Weber says:

    I think I can, I think I can…well yes…this was one of my favourites, but I also loved Heidi, and most of the fairytales that had wonderful life lessons included, such as The Boy who Cried Wolf

  2. Jasmine says:

    Who sank the boat??

  3. Barbara says:

    A classic favourite is: Where’s Wally?

  4. Melissa says:

    Have FBed and Tweeted. I have a copy, so no need for an entry. Just wanted to pass it on and send people your way. <3 <3

  5. melanie w says:

    A little golden book called The Sleepy Book

  6. melanie w says:

    Tweeted bout the giveaway @hootylishous

  7. leila says:

    I think my favourite book when i was little was my “Disney Little Book of Manners’

  8. leila says:

    I’ve shared on Facebook and it can be found here

  9. leila says:

    I’ve shared on twitter and you will find it here…!/Leimaycherry/status/87382802949087235

  10. Chont says:

    I loved The Enormous Turnip and my boys love The Little Red caboose and Where’s The Green Sheep?

  11. Chont says:

    Shared link on FB (Chon Ky)

  12. Sally D says:

    I used to love reading Milly Molly Mandy!

  13. Tat says:

    I loved The Three Musketeers. And my kids are into Thomas, all they want to read are books about Thomas. I struggle to sneak in anything else. So I think they’d love The Little Engine That Could (please….)

  14. I’ve shared this on Facebook.

  15. I don’t remember that far back, but when I was about 7 or 8 I used to LOVE Enid Blyton books.

  16. Ange Hamilton says:

    Mine was charlie and the chocolate factory!! and I still love chocolate 🙂

  17. Ange Hamilton says:

    Shared on FB

  18. Deb says:

    Oh my childhood book I remember is Possum Magic (by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas). I love reading this to my kids now:)

  19. Deb says:

    also shared on fb:)

  20. Sarah asome says:

    Flat Stanley. Just the best book. The twits almost got the win tho

  21. Cate says:

    My favourite book was any of the Bangers and Mash series.

  22. Cate says:

    I also really liked ‘Night Bears’, as it was the first book I could ‘read’. I had memorised all of the words.

  23. Cate says:

    I shared this on Facebook

  24. Pinky Higgs says:

    My favorite book as a child was ‘The trouble with grandad’. It’s about a grandad who grows magnificently huge vegetables but they get him in a lot of trouble with the police. In the end he uses one of his giant cucumbers as a replacement for the police headquarters he destroyed. To this day I still get a kick out of growing the biggest vegetables I can and I hope my little man does too!

  25. Alison L says:

    Leo the Lop, It’s a Serendipity book and i had the entire collection.. This was much ultimate fave though 🙂

  26. Alison L says:

    Have Tweeted xx

  27. Alison L says:

    Shared on Facebook 🙂