Today, Regina McDowell – blogger, influencer, writer, editor, motivator – has dropped over to talk about the book which influenced her most as a child.

Regina is a wellness, health and beauty expert, and shares a classic book with us – The Little Train that Could.

What children’s book inspired you when you were young? Why?

The Little Engine That Could
The Little Engine That Could

Watty Piper’s 1930 “The Little Engine That Could” inspired me and was my favorite book when I was a little child.

The story taught children the value of optimism and hard work. I believe words are alive and powerful. Maya Angelou said words are things and one day we will be able to measure words. Words come alive and get in you or your carpet, or your doors. 

Positive, motivating, and spirited words should be written for children around the world. I remember that I would get excited every time I was given the opportunity to read, especially “The Little Engine That Could” because it was accomplishing a goal. It was successful.

Those words were alive, everything was doing something good toward the outcome. Even the train tracks were alive. I could hear the little engine:  chug, chug, chug.

The Little Engine That Could
Another little train that could!

My imagination would soar and participate in every word on the page. The little blue engine had the most beautiful smile. I imagined myself as the little blue engine.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. And, because I thought I could, I did!

­­­­­­­­­­­­Note from the author: Regina McDowell. The SRA reading lab was used to improve reading and comprehension when I was in elementary school. The reading cards were color coded, and the student would read, test, and move to the next level. In addition, spelling words and definitions were huge in improving vocabulary. I loved reading at home and while in the classroom, I would raise my hand to volunteer to read aloud or to answer the teachers’ questions.

The Little Engine That Could

To find out just how successful Regina did become connect with her online:

Website: Got2bGina –

Blogging about Wellness, Health and Beauty

Twitter: @Got2bGina



Here’s the link if you are interested in sharing this amazing book with your grandchildren:

The Little Engine That Could (Original Classic Edition) (Hardcover)

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The Little Engine That Could still influences some of us to be great
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