|Publisher||THE PLATT & MUNK CO. INC.|
The Platt & Munk Co. Inc., c1930. FIRST EDITION, very early printing with only "Lil Hannibal" listed after this title on the "NEVER GROW OLD SERIES" promo adjacent to the half-title page. 6 1/4 X 8 1/4 inches. Original red cloth covers with full sized color illustrated paste on label on front cover - titled in black with red & yellow train cars with smoke blowing out of blue Engine. "Made in U.S.A. NO. 358 Platt & Munk Inc". Overalll very bright and clean copy of an all time favorite story, stitching is loosening at top yet text body is tightly held together, chip to corner of one page, former owner name on inside cover. Colors are bright & vivid. Color Glossy endpages with same color illustration of the train as on cover paste-down, front endpage shows now yellowed tape repair. Frontispiece of Red Train with Brown Front Engine pulling a trainload of toy animals up the hill to the town on Yon, & 2nd car has Yellow Giraffe's Head sticking out with Caption, "She was a Happy Little Train". Arguably among the very best known of ll children's stories - "Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong. The little train rumbled over the tracks. She was a happy little train for she had such a jolly load to carry. Her cars were filled full of good things for boys and girls." The book is used to teach children the value of optimism and hard work. Some critics would contend that the book is a metaphor for the American dream, cover that shows the little engine pulling a trainload of toy animals up the hill to the town on Yon. First published in a collection of stories. UNPAGINATED - first issue with 14 leaves which are 2 sided glossy pages.