"This app is not connected with the official The Little Engine That Could™ app published by Penguin Young Readers Group and is not authorized by Penguin."

Once Upon an App specializes in developing applications of classic children’s stories. “The Little Engine That Could” is a special project as it was the first known story to highlight a female character as a motorized heroine. Mabel C. Bragg, a Boston school teacher, is attributed as the originator of this famous story. Her version was formally published in 1920 by Olive Beaupre Miller, a female entrepreneur who began The Book House for Children publishing company. Various versions of the story have since been produced, and is now considered one of the best all-time stories in children’s literature.

Apps by Once Upon an App have been featured in the iTunes Store as a "Staff Favorite,” “New and Noteworthy,” and "What's Hot." Media mentions also include: TimeOut Chicago,,,,,,, and Capital Region Living.

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Ideal for children 2 years and older
Full animation
Original musical accompaniment
Full narration with various individual voices
Interactive play

Load the train’s freight
Hear the bells and whistles of the five engines
Coloring Book
Connect the Dots
Build an engine

Music by Nate Lee
Narration by Bob Workmon, Allison David, and Noel Hunter
Featuring animations by Out of Our Minds Studio

What’s New

Version 2.1

Updates for new devices and system versions.

Changes to name to confirm to new store requirement (maximum 50 characters)

This app is not connected with the official The Little Engine That Could™ app published by Penguin Young Readers Group and is not authorized by Penguin

Ratings and Reviews

Trainboy4444 ,

Activities glitch please fix it.

Please fix

McNoobers ,

Instant classic with my 3 year old

I have 20 or so apps on my iPad for my 3 year old daughter and this has become her favorite one. The ability to load the candy and toys, paint the beginning engine a color, and great narration entertains her over and over again.

The bug fixes in this release solve all of my concerns with the app. Thanks Once Upon an App!

Tanyapaisley ,

Very Dissatisfied

I am so dissatisfied with this app purchase. It runs slow, is full of bugs and crashes frequently. My grandson always asks to do this book because the graphics are cute, but I know it will disappoint him. Please fix! If you do I will rate it again with a higher rating.


Once Upon An App
37.4 MB
Requires iOS 10.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011 OnceUponAnApp, LLC


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