The Little Engine That Could was one of my childhood favorites, and I've enjoyed reading it to my own children. I love the idea that it's a subversively feminist message...after all, the train that breaks down is a female, all the males who pass the toys by are males, and the final rescuing "I think I can, I think I can" little engine is a female as well. GIRL POWER!!
Curious George holds a special place in our family, as all three of our children have gone through their CG phases. We have the Complete Adventures of Curious George, and I remember Chris sitting through the really long stories with endless supplies of patience as a very small child. His favorite was Curious George Goes to the Hospital. Kieran then went through his phase (as I've written before, Chris Bohjalian signed one of his Curious George books at a book signing!). Now it's Nick's turn. That's fine with me, because I never get tired of Curious George!
Get subversive and read one of these classic children's books today!