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The Little Engine That Could
A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Little Engine That Could is a digital version of the classic children's story in which a little engine is able to pull a heavy trainload of toys up a steep mountain through positive thinking ("I think I can!"). The text of the story does not appear in the book -- it just has voice-over narration -- so kids can't practice their reading skills.
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Is it any good?
THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD isn't a typical digital book adaptation because there's no on-screen text for kids to follow. Instead, they'll listen as voice-overs narrate the story accompanied by animated pictures. The music is a little overbearing, but the voice acting and graphics are great. There are a handful of interactive moments -- like tapping the screen to choose the color of the engine and load the toys onto the train -- but for the most part it's like watching a cartoon.
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