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American illustrator Eloise Wilkin..She is remembered for illustrating the classic Little Golden Books. She used her own family as models for her characters..her art popped off pages in ways in which words were almost unnecessary. She passed away on October 4, 1987. With her pet pit bull.

from Print Magazine

Watty Piper's 1930 “The Little Engine That Could”

Watty Piper's 1930 “The Little Engine That Could”. By far the most familiar telling of the tale of the Little Engine first appeared in 1930. Published by Platt & Munk, it was "retold" by Watty Piper and illustrated by Lois Lenski. Someone named "Watty Piper" never existed; it is a pseudonym for Arnold Munk of Platt & Munk and was used on numerous other children's books published by the firm.