The Car That... Couldn't!

The Car That... Couldn't!

There was once a little red car that couldn't go. It sure wanted to go. "Umph! Umph!" He would try very hard. "I think I can! I think I can!" he said. But he just couldn't.

A big blue dump-truck passed by the little red car and went, "Honk! Honk! G‑d gave us such a beautiful day! Why don't you come and drive beside me?"

The little red car really wanted to go with him. "Umph! Umph!" He tried very hard. "I think I can! I think I can!" he said. But he just couldn't.

A big silver train, puffing out a big grey cloud of smoke, passed by the little red car. And as it did, it called out, "Chooooo! Chooooo! G‑d gave us such a beautiful day! Why don't you come and drive beside me?"

The little red car wanted to go so much. "Umph! Umph!" He tried extra hard. "I think I can! I think I can!" he said. But he still couldn't.

Just then a boy came by. He was wearing a yarmulke on his head, and carrying his book bag on his way home from school. He saw the little red car trying so hard to go. "Umph! Umph! I think I can! I think I can!" he heard the car keep saying. So the boy turned to the car and said, "Oh, little red car, you'll never go fast that way. You think you can do it all by yourself, but you forgot all about G‑d! It's G‑d that helps us do everything!"

Then the little red car remembered that it was G‑d that made the dump truck go and the silver train go, and G‑d even made the little boy go too. He thanked the helpful boy, and then he just started laughing. "Hee! Hee! Hee! Ha! Ha! What a joke!" He was laughing so much because he really had forgotten. He thought they were doing everything all by themselves!

And so, the little red car tried EXTRA hard. But this time, instead of saying, "I think I can! I think I can!", the little red car said, "G‑d can help me! G‑d can help me!" - and ZOOM! ZOOM! - off he went.

Bracha Goetz is the Harvard-educated author of several children’s books, including Remarkable Park, What Do You See in Your Neighborhood? and The Invisible Book. You can contact Bracha for presentations or questions here.
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Captain America Dallas, TX, USA August 27, 2017

Bracha! Thank you soooooooo much for this! I will show it to my little not-cousins! (they're not my cousins but they're like cousins) Reply

Bracha Goetz Baltimore May 16, 2017

Angela, thank you so much for your beautiful comment! Reply

Angela Nine Mile falls washington May 15, 2017

I love this story my son won't stop asking for me to read it .. pretty much everyday day before bed time !!! Thank you so much ... I enjoy it as well :-) Reply

Bracha Goetz Baltimore January 3, 2017

ThAnk you, Spiderman😚 Reply

Spider-Man Dallas, Texas, USA December 31, 2016

Nice Thank you so much for this book! Reply

Mendel Canada December 20, 2016

I like the story. I read it to my little sisters on Chaf Kislev. Reply

yati January 22, 2016

Thank you very much .. Reply

Bracha Goetz Baltimore August 11, 2014

Thank you so very much! Reply

Saul lever South Africa August 11, 2014

Brilliant. Sitting with my kids in bed reading to them such a simple meaningful story. Reply

mottel ber kurinsky melbern'Astralia August 2, 2014

it is a fake story but its good Reply

Anonymous kurdistan April 3, 2014

nice story Reply

anonymous pittsburg pa 15217, p via old.chabad.org January 28, 2013

nice cute story..... Reply

Anonymous ny, New York May 1, 2012

wow that is sooooooo cute! and nice Reply

Rivka Goldenberg lawrenceville, N.J./U.S.A via kids.tzivoshashem.org January 22, 2012

Great! There are so many lessons we can learn from this.... The most important one is: never forget about G-d! He is the only one you can pray to and rely on is Him alone, if you deserve it that is. Reply

anirudh krishnan india, chnnai July 17, 2011

nice Reply

Rivka N.J., U.S.A. via kids.tzivoshashem.org September 26, 2010

cool my brother looooves it when i read it to him. Reply

shhhhhhhhh September 26, 2010

amazing Cool to read!!!!!!!!! Reply

Rochel sugar chicago, IL May 17, 2010

cute little story great lesson to put in that story, now even little kids can learn with taht story Reply

Anonymous melbourne, australia via kids.tzivoshashem.org March 24, 2010

its a cute story! Reply

yehoshua a harper rochester, usa December 23, 2009

cool i love your story......... Reply