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Author: Jennifer Riggs Vetter

Illustrator: Frank Remkiewicz

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Publisher: Tricycle Press, 2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: This illustrated version of the traditional song expands and describes more vehicles, different locations, and their unique sounds, from puffer-billies to race cars and rockets. This is a picture-book version of the classic children's song

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read with a 2-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My son liked this book. He liked the rhyming text and the beautifully colored illustrations, but he especially liked all the noises you make as you read it. He tried to do the sounds with me and hummed along as I "sang" it.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the easy to follow story and fun rhyming text. I also really liked the illustrations. I wasn´┐½t sure how he would like it but was really glad when he brought it to me later to read again!

Pros: Fun rhyming text and easy-to-follow descriptions of noises make this an engaging book to share with toddlers and preschoolers.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a fun book to share at home and it should be available in every library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE TRAIN TO TIMBUCTOO (Golden Books Family Story Time, Number 4)   MR. BROWN CAN MOO! CAN YOU? DR. SUESS' BOOK OF WONDERFUL NOISES   THE FARMYARD JAMBOREE

Educational Themes: Making sounds is a great way to engage toddlers and preschoolers in developing their language skills. Asking "what sound does this make" also helps with object recognition, too. Rhymes make it fun to see how words can play together.

Notes: A Reading Tub´┐½ volunteer submitted this review. S/He borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, rhyme, music, train

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2009

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