‘I think I can, I think I can, I know I can!’ Were more encouraging words ever spoken to a child? This childhood classic is still just as powerful, 70 years on after children first read about the little steam engine that got stuck and couldn’t get over the mountain.
A little girl grows up with huge excitement about learning to read. Her grandfather takes a book and pours honey over it, telling her that knowledge is sweet, but to get to the sweetness, she has to read through the book. When she gets to grade 1 she is puzzled that the other children move on to other readers while she stays stuck on the beginning reader.